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

Examples of heteronormative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Lizzo is far from heteronormative, or even mainstream in the traditional sense of that word. Alex Blynn, Billboard, "'Truth Hurts' Co-Writer Jesse Saint John Celebrates Queer Voices Topping the Charts," 13 Sep. 2019 And the new meme seems to be following suit, despite its beginnings as a target for many to dump their frustrations with white, heteronormative, conservative culture at large. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "“Christian girl autumn,” explained.," 14 Aug. 2019 Non-heteronormative collective Brockhampton’s fifth album Ginger is an eclectic, tight-knit listen from start to finish, and track no. Jon Ali, Billboard, "Queer Necessities: Tove Lo, Brockhampton and More On Billboard Pride's September 2019 Playlist," 4 Sep. 2019 In retrospect, schlock was often a heteronormative code word used to dismiss gay performers as lightweight or insincere. Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, "Barry Manilow Just Wanted to Write the Songs. He’s Still Singing Them.," 5 Aug. 2019 There’s no question the profile of voters and candidates who are either not white, not male or not heterosexual or heteronormative is rising. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "As Democratic base becomes more diverse, party tries to diversify campaign workers," 30 June 2019 Portrayals of dads in film are a study in the changing cultural expectations of men, and ideas of what masculinity should look like in a heteronormative relationship. Maia Efrem, refinery29.com, "The Movies That Get Fatherhood All Wrong — & The Ones That Get It Right," 15 June 2019 Ceremony’s branding contrasts sharply with that of other jewelry companies, which default to the traditional, heteronormative storyline. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Will 2020 Be the Year the Bridal Market Finally Gets Modern?," 9 Apr. 2019 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

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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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