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 heteronormativity (audio) \ noun

Examples of heteronormative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 In the 1960s, men began to wear turtlenecks with blazers, forgoing the classic collar and tie, which also helped to distance them from heteronormative masculinity. Marlen Komar, TheWeek, "How the turtleneck became a symbol of power," 27 Feb. 2020 Back then, much like now, LGBTQ spaces brought in celebrities who appealed to a more heteronormative crowd. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "The Ecstasy & Pain of NYC's Lost LGBTQ Dance Scene," 1 Oct. 2019 Whiteside has tried to carve out a space for himself as a gay man who is not heteronormative in an art form that has for centuries depicted men as princes courting women. Avichai Scher, NBC News, "Homophobia, misogyny still problematic in world of dance, performers say," 21 Sep. 2019 The books that made sense to me at the time were those that questioned the primacy of the heteronormative family. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Meghan Daum to Millennials: Get off My Lawn," 1 Nov. 2019

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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 31 May. 2020.

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