The exact meaning of the term "homonegativity" is a subject of scientific discussion and disagreement. Hudson and Ricketts propose to use this term as descriptive for any negative attitude towards homosexuality (be it emotional, moral or intellectual disapproval), regardless of the sources of this attitude (be it based on religious, moral, ideological or other beliefs). They also propose to stop using "homophobia" in scientific context as it is a scientifically incorrect term.
Russian sexologist M.Beilkin proposes to use the term "homonegativity" only for intellectual disapproval of homosexuality, leaving the term "homophobia" for description of emotions and feelings towards homosexuality, such as fear, hatred, aversion. He does not consider the term "homophobia" wholly inaccurate, and says that homophobia really exists as a distinct phenomenon. In this view, homonegativity and homophobia are distinct terms, describing different things.
Charles Socarides, a well-known proponent of conversion therapy, says that it is scientifically incorrect to label as "homonegativity" any aversion to homosexuality which is based on traditional moral or religious views in their fullness. He claims homonegativity as distinct from homophobia, as a religious or moral basis to specifically oppose homosexuality or homosexuals, while not being so strict about other, unrelated moral or religious normatives.
Conceptual-Motor Compatibility and Homonegativity: Approaching and Avoiding Words Associated with Homosexuality
Oct 01, 2010; Two studies explored conceptual-motor compatibility effects underlying attitudes toward gay men and lesbian women. In Study 1 ,...