From Masturbation to Homosexuality: A Case of Displaced Moral Disapproval

  title={From Masturbation to Homosexuality: A Case of Displaced Moral Disapproval},
  author={Donald C. Capps},
  journal={Pastoral Psychology},
  • D. Capps
  • Published 1 March 2003
  • Psychology
  • Pastoral Psychology
I argue that the decline in moral disapproval of masturbation in the American religious culture over the last half-century is directly responsible for increased moral disapproval of homosexuality. Moral disapproval previously directed toward masturbators is being redirected instead toward homosexuals. Since masturbation has been practiced by the overwhelming majority of individuals who self-identify with the American religious culture, while homosexual acts have been engaged in by a… 
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