heteronormative

adjective
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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Other Words from heteronormative

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

Examples of heteronormative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The second is being transgendered in a heteronormative culture. Washington Post, "Don’t despair: Beverly Glenn-Copeland actually has hope to offer us in 2020," 25 Sep. 2020 Of course, other famous far-right trolls took the opportunity to defend their fragile heteronormative ideologies. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Fans Defend Harry Styles After Trolls Call His Vogue Dress Shoot an ‘Attack’ on ‘Manly Men’," 16 Nov. 2020 Whereas Eddie is painfully trying to conform, Amber is more defiant, unabashedly wielding her punk rock feminism and biting wit against her unbearably heteronormative, rural life, while making some quick cash. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Dating Amber’ is the platonic queer love story we all deserve," 11 Nov. 2020 And while the authors are confronting heteronormative values, why not take down hereditary dictatorships, too? Washington Post, "For Banned Books Week, I read the country’s 10 most challenged books. The gay penguins did not corrupt me.," 28 Sep. 2020 The protocol provides suggested guidelines for tango venue organizers, including acceptance of couples who depart from heteronormative roles. Ernesto Londoño, New York Times, "‘A Caricature of the Patriarchy’: Argentine Feminists Remake Tango," 24 Sep. 2019 The protocol provides suggested guidelines for tango venue organizers, including acceptance of couples who depart from heteronormative roles. Ernesto Londoño, New York Times, "‘A Caricature of the Patriarchy’: Argentine Feminists Remake Tango," 24 Sep. 2019 In South Korea, interaction between stars is seen through a different lens -- fans see it as fantasy, and there's also more of a culture of male friends touching each other, in part because of how heteronormative the culture is. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "In the camp world of K-pop, it's hard for stars to be gay," 25 Jan. 2020 The stress and discomfort that manifests in my body from its daily encounter with misogynoir and cis-heteronormative culture melts away. Martine Thompson, Bon Appétit, "I've Been Stretching While High, and I Can't Recommend It Enough," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of heteronormative

1991, in the meaning defined above

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“Heteronormative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heteronormative. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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