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

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 Lovato expressed their desire to shave their head earlier this year, telling Glamour their hair choices of late have been an attempt to break free from the heteronormative box to which they've been confined. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 26 Dec. 2021 The Real Housewives, The Bachelor, every game show full of heteronormative cultural references). Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Glamour, 24 Nov. 2021 Tragedy has long been projected onto LGBTQ+ people themselves by wider heteronormative society. Louis Staples, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Nov. 2021 This doesn't mean women are naturally more insecure, but rather that they are affected by heteronormative social conditioning. Sian Bradley, refinery29.com, 26 Oct. 2021 By casting gender non-conforming dancers, Cassils defied heteronormative expectations and eliminated the pressures of filling traditional male and female roles. Leah Dolan, CNN, 13 Oct. 2021 Similarly, the male body has been subjected to a vast repertoire of heteronormative gender limitations. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, 27 Sep. 2021 Rom-coms and sitcoms played off the same heteronormative ideal -- with single and/or fat women demonized as tragic and desperate. Holly Thomas, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 This is not the first time JoJo has taken a stand against the heteronormative media. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 27 Aug. 2021

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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 20 Jan. 2022.

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