het·​ero·​nor·​ma·​tive | \ˌhē-tə-rō-ˈnȯr-mə-tiv \

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 \ noun

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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 This whole ‘losing my virginity’ thing is a heteronormative concept anyway. Susan Kaplan Carlton, BostonGlobe.com, "Meredith Goldstein is growing love in a lab," 22 June 2018 Wedding traditions and business are very heteronormative. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "What 8 Same-Sex Couples Learned from Planning a Destination Wedding," 13 June 2018 The narrative is very heteronormative (and to be honest, very bland). Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "Why Can't I Have an Orgasm?," 28 May 2018 Instead of trying to fit into a heteronormative, white-privileged space, there’s an opportunity to create new definitions of Asian-American masculinity, femininity, and everything in between. Sable Yong, Allure, "Banana Magazine Is Exploring Asian-American Gender Identity in a Completely New Way," 25 May 2018 In our heteronormative culture, a pansexual Lando Calrissian is no threat to Han Solo as the dominant lead in the film. Jason Johnson, The Root, "Is Making Star Wars’ Lando Calrissian ‘Pansexual’ an Assault on Black Manhood? Maybe, but Not in the Way You Think," 18 May 2018 Swagger is a way of walking away from, or through, the tough conditions of a heteronormative world. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Big, Bad Truth of Michelle Tea," 16 May 2018 Solo artists have the autonomy to create and cater to their own specific fan base, whereas boy bands are marketed specifically to be the heteronormative new heartthrobs for a generation of teenage girls. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Having a Queer Member Should Not Be A Death Sentence for Boy Bands in 2018: Op-Ed," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of heteronormative

1991, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heteronormative was in 1991

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