het·​ero·​nor·​ma·​tive | \ ˌhē-tə-rō-ˈnȯr-mə-tiv How to pronounce heteronormative (audio) \

Definition of heteronormative

: of, relating to, or based on the attitude that heterosexuality is the only normal and natural expression of sexuality

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heteronormativity \ ˌhē-​tə-​rō-​ˌnȯr-​mə-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce heteronormativity (audio) \ noun

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While initially designed for more heteronormative dating, the company has worked in recent years to address the growing calls for inclusivity within its community. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Tinder adds sexual orientation feature to aid LGBTQ matching," 4 June 2019 While the idea of girls asking guys is incredibly heteronormative, the whole concept that there are only people who identify as either girls or boys is entirely false and harmful. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What Even is a Sadie Hawkins Dance and Where Did It Come From?," 14 Feb. 2019 Having a means to normalize experiences can be especially important for folks whose sexuality does not match heteronormative definitions often taught in school. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Introducing Ferly, a Tech Startup Creating a Sex-Positive Space for Women — and It’s Not a Dating App," 14 May 2019 On Twitter, both fans and critics of Crews responded by saying that his tweets were homophobic, harmful to people who had lost their parents, and supportive only of heteronormative ideas about families. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Terry Crews's Family Comment Perpetuates Toxic Masculinity," 9 Mar. 2019 Romantic comedies are pretty heterosexual and heteronormative. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Sierra Burgess Is a Loser," 6 Sep. 2018 And because of that, her observations aren’t intersectional and are made under the gaze of heteronormative privilege. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Midge Maisel Isn’t the Feminist Hero You’re Looking For—and That’s Okay," 6 Dec. 2018 Asking us to clarify or explain our basic identities is heteronormative behavior. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About 'Heteronormativity'," 4 Oct. 2018 These are things that need to be further introduced to the heteronormative mainstream. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Social Platform for Sexual Wellness Is Shaking Up Intimacy in the Digital Age," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of heteronormative

1991, in the meaning defined above

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