Former evangelical celebrity Frank Schaeffer says they are anxious, terrified, and obsessed with sex.
On the one hand, she was anxious about her colleagues knowing about her kink.
“There's gotta be something else that straight guys are anxious about besides somebody thinking they are gay,” he says.
1620s, from Latin anxius "solicitous, uneasy, troubled in mind" (also "causing anxiety, troublesome"), from angere, anguere "choke, squeeze," figuratively "torment, cause distress" (see anger (v.)). The same image is in Serbo-Croatian tjeskoba "anxiety," literally "tightness, narrowness." Related: Anxiously; anxiousness.