A phobia is a fear. A very irrational fear.
Example. I have an irrational fear of needles. Not the pain they cause. The object itself. I get extremely panicked and pass out whenever I am in the presence of one.
But these things
AREN’T actual phobias. That just means you are against a certain idea.
It irritates me when people misuse “phobia”.
I will never believe in “homophobia”.
I have been saying this forever.
In general I think the suffix -phobia is entirely overused. Oh wow, you’re scared of spiders. But it’s not a deathly fear. If Ron Weasley can deal with those huge ones, you can too.
But, the most sin is done with “phobias” of certain demographics. No one is deathly afraid of gays. You probably encounter a ton and don’t even know it. Which makes me wonder. Because most phobias you can’t even sense unless you look at them.
Anyways, no one is afraid of gay people or trans people or fat people or black people or short people or whatever.
You can be afraid of people when it’s a murderer, rapist, abusive relationship type deal. But walking down the street and seeing a gay person, not a fear.
Society needs to take a chill pill and people need to re-evaluate their perceptions and what they’re making a fuss about.