A term that can be used to describe institutions, policies and beliefs that reinforce the rigid categories of male and female. These categories, supposedly, determine our sex, sexuality, sexual desire, gender identity, and gender roles.
The proposed law to make sure homosexuals never have marriage rights is just another step down the slippery heteronormativity slope.
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heteronormativity “sad day for gays” it’s a totally made up word of straight up discrimination.
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A pervasive and institutionalized ideological system that naturalizes heterosexuality as universal; it must continually reproduce itself to maintain hegemony over other non-normative sexualities and ways of identity construction.
marriage, traditional family values, the Christian Coalition, suburbia, 'the American Dream'
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See previous definition. Additionally: When Political Correctness goes so far as to attack the natural order of male-female relations.
Traditional marriages are politically incorrect because they're grossly heteronormative.

Wow, a husband and wife!? That's SO hetero.
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A viewpoint that expresses heterosexuality as a given instead of being one of many possibilities.

Often expressed subtly, heterosexuality is widely "accepted" as the default sexuality by both print and electronic media, education, law makers, and a range of attitudes expressed by society in general.

The subtle assumption of heterosexuality can be very harmful to those who do not entirely fit within its bounds.
A Heteronormative assumption that a boy will grow up and marry a woman.

A Heteronormative assumption that a girl will grow up and marry a man.

Heteronormative children's books only portraying heterosexuality.

Heteronormative TV Shows only portraying heterosexuality and the assumption that every character is heterosexual.
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A fancy term for someone who follows a societies gender whether they're not really straight and are fearing they wont fit in or are a normal, straight man or woman.
Steven was a heteronormal neurotypical, a man in society who is considered very normal. Also know as a straight normal individual.
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