Effect of Internalized Heterosexism on Sexual Affect
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Internalized heterosexism has been associated with psychological distress, feelings of rejection, shame, and sexual guilt. Surveys soliciting information about participants’ attitudes toward homosexuality and sexual affect, overall negative or positive reactions toward external sexual materials and behaviors, were distributed to determine if a relationship could be seen. The resulting data indicate that there is a relationship between shame, a facet of sexual affect, and the interaction of sexual orientation and internalized heterosexism.