Last night while watching the documentary I had an epiphany. There's a concept in women's studies that we've talked about several times in class now and it took this movie to clear things up.
The concept is that homophobia really springs from misogyny - that is to say, it's the hatred of women that is the root of homophobia.
Something about that just never clicked and, though I could see the relation of the two, it was hard to imagine that hatred of gays and lesbians really came from the hatred of women in general.
But think about it - what causes fear or hatred from some heterosexual men toward gay men specifically? It is the thought that gay men are somehow taking on "women's roles" or "giving up their male privilege." This scares the hell out of many men.
For some men there is nothing scarier than the thought of losing power and "becoming a woman." But it is often these same men that deny or refuse to accept the fact that simply for being a male, they have privilege.
It is not about being monetarily privileged, but about the privilege to do things (i.e. walk alone in the dark without fear of being attacked, serve in a combat position in the military, etc) that may seem insignificant, but force women into a position of second-class-citizenship.
It all goes back to that white supremacist capitalist patriarchy that is so rampant in our country and threatens and often succeeds at undermining and oppressing anyone outside of the power group.