Why are straight men, as a general rule, so afraid of appearing gay? So much so that many of you try to be macho, alpha dog, chiefs who emasculate and belittle other people around you... I've just noticed what I can only assume is insecurity or fear of being outcast? Part of me wants to understand this behaviour; part of me wants to complain about it; and part of me wants everyone to understand that as long as people continue to look down on homosexuality as a "defect" or as "something that is less than...", it will continue to be something to avoid being perceived as, and will thus draw out the fear/misunderstanding/hatred. I put this in "discrimination" because that's what it is, and I want this post to stay civil. I merely want this to be a discussion of reasons. I want this to be a place where heterosexual men can talk about their hang-ups about homosexuality and their perceived masculinity.