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  Heteronormativity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Heteronormativity is a term used in the discussion of sexual behavior, gender, and society, primarily within the fields of queer theory and gender theory.
In a heteronormative society, the binary choice of male and female for one's gender identity is viewed as leading to a lack of possible choice about one's gender role and sexual identity.
Still, heteronormativity is often seen as one of the pillars of a patriarchal society: The traditional role of men is reinforced and perpetuated through heteronormative mores, rules, and even laws that distinguish between individuals based on their apparent sex or their refusal to conform to the gender roles that are considered normal to their society.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Heteronormativity   (1891 words)

Heteronormativity is a term used to refer to the institutionalization of heterosexuality in a society.
Heteronormativity stems from the essentialist belief that there are only two sexes- male and female, and that a certain set of behaviours and expectations follow from one’s sex.
Heteronormativity is represented in societal attitudes, in the family, in institutions and the law, placing everything else in the uninhabitable zone.
io.uwinnipeg.ca /~taylor/Heteronormativity.htm   (520 words)

 Intertextuality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Eve Sedgwick, this heteronormative pairing is viewed as defining sexual orientation exclusively in terms of the sex/gender of the person one chooses to have sex with, ignoring other preferences one might have about sex.
Critical theory is less concerned with justifications for or against heteronormativity and more concerned with how it affects (negatively, in the eyes of many in the field) self-conception and self-expression (especially from stigmatized viewpoints).
patriarchal society: the traditional role of men is reinforced and perpetuated through heteronormative mores, rules, and even laws that distinguish between individuals based upon their apparent sex, or based on their refusal to conform to the gender roles that are normal to their society.
dks.thing.net /Intertextuality.html   (8498 words)

 Angry in the Great White North   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
After all, the heteronormative has so insisted on gender difference that it has repeatedly and aggressively constituted homosexuality as a structure of self-same attraction and erotic practice, and it has misread gender transitivity in queer cultural practices as both inversions and mere versions of its own insistence on dimorphic gender.
Heteronormativity is a term used in the discussion of gender and society, mostly, but not exclusively within the field of critical theory.
The fact is, according to the heteronormative police, you should be able to replace "father" with "intersexual" and "daughter" with, uhm, I don't know, "rhododendron", and still make a valid point, thus not offending intersexuals and rhododendrons with her biases.
angrygwn.blogspot.com /2005/03/heteronormative-nasty-word.html   (1492 words)

 Roping off the Homos: The Threat Continuum and the Crisis of Heteronormativity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
heteronormativity as “a binary gender system, in which only two sexes are accepted.
Adherents of this normative concept maintain that one's gender identity and one's gender role ought to be congruent with one's external genitalia, and that one ought to display a heterosexual sexual preference.”  Whether or not other possibilities of sexual and gender expression (e.g., homosexuality or transsexuality) are tolerated or accepted, heterosexuality is still privileged.
Moreover, heteronormativity must be perceived as harmless because, even if gay people are “Othered” and vilified, a basic sense of humanity still leads one to condemn abuses against them.
home.olemiss.edu /~ckelly/heteronormativity.htm   (3579 words)

 selling waves » Blog Archive » Cultural Banach space
Heteronormativity means, quite simply, that heterosexuality is the norm–; in culture, in society, in politics.
Heteronormativity emphasizes the extent to which everyone, straight or queer, will be judged, measured, probed, and evaluated from the perspective of the heterosexual norm.
No, the problem (or, perhaps, importance) of heteronormativity derives not from its purported lack of recognition as a norm, but from the relatively greater importance people ascribe to their identity as sexual beings than to their identities as television viewers, bathers, students or voters.
www.sellingwaves.com /2005/04/08/cultural-banach-space   (1848 words)

She explicitly links heteronormativity to the emergence of the commodity form, since it is the division of labour that has allowed the formation of new sexual subjectivities in the consumer society.
Heteronormative paradigms have gone on to manage desire by restricting queer desire to the perversions.
In fact, the discourse of heteronormativity that is subverted in film and fashion can be linked to a less gendered professional workplace that has emerged through an aestheticization of everyday life, as opposed to a more general form of liberation desired by Hennessey.
culturemachine.tees.ac.uk /Reviews/rev11.htm   (3734 words)

 Wikipedia:Article series boxes policy (proposed) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I got involved in the subject over the article Heteronormativity, which acquired two of them, an LGBT box and a Critical Theory box.
I hope the fact that things like heteronormativity, LGBT people and critical theory are mentioned does not deter people from considering the general points that are made; they are only used as examples here.
It would be no problem at all to make two or three more boxes in Heteronormativity alone (besides the two already mentioned), maybe more, say, a transgender box, an intersex box, a box on feminism, maybe a box on discrimination in general...
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wikipedia:Article_series_boxes_policy_(proposed)   (3270 words)

 Sari Charpentier - Gender, Body and the Sacred: Heterosexual Hegemony as a Sacred Order
Heteronormativity is legitimated by either referring to Christian vocabulary, to common sense understanding of psychoanalytic terms or to biology and "nature".
According to her, if some bodily fluids or secretions are considered "dirty", it tells, rather than of the nature of the fluid itself, of the culture and its order: "This is the clue which explains the unevenness with which different aspects of the body are treated in the rituals of the world.
On the one hand, I have sought to show how a system of gender and heteronormativity may be studied as a religious system, a sacred order in which naturalization as well as institutionalization of a difference of the sexes and heterosexual practices functions as a way of its maintenance and consolidation.
www.ars-rhetorica.net /Queen/Volume11/Articles/Charpentier.html   (9800 words)

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Heteronormativity involves the idea that heterosexual masculinity for men and heterosexual femininity for women are seen as the sole, self-evident, or natural basis for gender and sexuality, or that they are presented as something "right" or "better" compared to other alternatives.
Heteronormativity and the ways it is challenged get expressed in the school practices in many ways.
Often the practices of heteronormativity themselves enable its challenging, and the challenging of heteronormativity may, in turn, lead to attempts to maintain heteronormativity.
www.valt.helsinki.fi /gradutmp/vara2/g1683.htm   (787 words)

 Genders OnLine Journal - Presenting innovative theories in art, literature, history, music, TV and film.
The show thus reveals that heteronormative space is not impenetrable and in fact highlights the fact that queer communities have regularly shaped what is often assumed to be gay-free mainstream space.
Indeed, the entire purpose of the show is to uphold the heteronormative imperative, which is the primary way in which gayness is allowed to be embraced in hegemonic popular culture.
But the markers of heteronormativity are consistently and invariably upheld, particularly when the “truest” markers of the guest’s success are his wife or girlfriend’s approval and the Fab 5’s assessment of how successfully he performed his revised straight masculinity.
www.genders.org /g42/g42_berila_choudhuri.html   (7932 words)

 Conference to be held in Trondheim, Norway, June 2 - 4, 2005:
The goal of the conference is to challenge and explore the analytical potential of the concept heteronormativity.
In the conference the focus will be on discussions of the potentials of the concept of heteronormativity to generate new knowledge.
Heteronormativity has long been expressed and reproduced through the reception of film and literature.
www.broken-rainbow.de /de/veranstaltungen_20050127_trondheim.html   (486 words)

 Gender Queeries 8(2004)
Whilst gender performance theory is able to articulate the subversion of the "butch" to heteronormativity, by cross-gender identification, it is unable to conceptualise the dissidence of the lesbian "femme" leaving her vulnerable to accusations of "passing."
Sex/gender/sexuality are always already implicated in heteronormative models of power and nationalism whereby the "feminine" metaphor is grounded within the "body" of the land to indicate colonial domination and the penetration of national borders.
Within a Western heteronormative culture, women's bodies are (hetero)sexualised and enshrouded in phallic anxiety and suspicion precisely because they have been constructed to oscillate on the very borders of (in)visibility.
www.genderforum.uni-koeln.de /queer/michael.html   (4720 words)

 Gay Studies Profs Unite to Rewrite History in Chicago
Ferguson also drew a connection between immigration and "heteronormativity," the false conception of a society that holds that only heterosexuality is normal sexual behavior.
In panel after panel, the word "heteronormative" was used to describe the prevailing culture that falsely views heterosexuality as ‘normal’ behavior and homosexuality as deviant.
Before an audience of about 100 scholars and students, she claimed, "Heteronormativity after all is the effect of normativity, or norms, and norms were not developed until the nineteenth century.
www.academia.org /campus_reports/2000/october_2000_1.html   (1744 words)

 National Union of Students: Information Pages: Queer Definitions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Heteronormativity is normalising in the sense that it's like a complex web which constructs a specially crafted 'reality'.
Heteronormativity teaches us that heterosexuality is the norm, and that other sexualities are peripheral.
Heterosexism is similar to heteronormativity, but where heteronormativity is those rules which construct heterosexuality as the dominant identity, heterosexism is the broader privileging of heterosexuality.
www.unistudent.com.au /student/1082681299_19957.html   (1483 words)

 Table of Contents and Excerpt, Foster, Queer Issues in Contemporary Latin American Cinema
In this sense, little intellectual effort is required: heteronormativity, to maintain its hold as a dominant social practice, marks off a wide swath of phenomena alleged to be threats to it.
In something like a perpetual-motion ideology machine, heteronormativity holds that any suggestion of the need to engage in debate regarding its supremacy is, prima facie, a sign of challenge to that supremacy, and in an efficient recursive fashion, that sign itself becomes susceptible to the defensive strategies of homophobia.
In homosociality, women are tokens of the exchange of power between men: appropriate and adequate heterosexual relations with women are taken as a guarantee of one's conformance with the patriarchy, and it is frequently through women that patriarchal power is transmitted--for example, from a powerful man to his son-in-law.
www.utexas.edu /utpress/excerpts/exfosque.html   (3358 words)

 'Well at least they're doing something': Daring to explore, critique and move beyond practices that support
This is necessary since she thinks that "..it's normal for them to make assumptions..." Louise positions heteronormativity within the realm of the normal and the expected, the result of a lack of awareness and experience.
In this situation the challenging of heteronormativity occurs within a disciplining framework, where peoples' actions or discourses and the institutional structures they're part of, are evaluated in relation to what they espouse as their beliefs.
Louise and Jane for the most part are not challenging or exploring heteronormativity, due to a range of concerns and also investments they have in their current roles and practices.
www.aare.edu.au /99pap/cur99039.htm   (14293 words)

 Heteronormativity - A fruitful concept? - June 2. - 5. 2005
Indeed, the proliferation of gender transitivity that I am tracking may be less a resistance to heteronormative injunction than one of its most profoundly excessive effects.
To put this another way, we might say that heteronormativity, like queer culture, loves gender difference, stakes its erotic structure and identificatory practices on it, and forges modes of recognition, affect, and affiliation through it.
But instead of viewing this denial as a force of political or cultural articulation that resists, by being outside of heteronormativity, I consider what its excessive desire for gender might mean to the ongoing theorization of heteronormativity itself.
www.hf.ntnu.no /itk/heteronormativity-2005/abstracts/wiegman-desire.php   (520 words)

 Theses from Uppsala University : 5730 - Heteronormativity in a Nursing Context   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Nearly all patients and partners described several situations where heteronormative assumptions were communicated by the nursing staff.
However, the informants told of heteronormative language and behaviour in nursing contexts that were percieved as insensitive, insulting and humaliating.
Heteronormativity in a Nursing Context: Attitudes toward Homosexuality and Experiences of Lesbians and Gay Men.
publications.uu.se /theses/abstract.xsql?dbid=5730   (515 words)

 Annette Schlichter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The panel addresses the question of the complicated relationship between heteronormativity, the apparatus of the re/production of sexual norms and of the regulation of (sexual) subjects, and heterosexuality, understood as identification, practice, and experience.
Queer scholarship’s (historically necessary) focus on the productions of the heteronormative apparatus tends to leave the notion of heterosexuality as identity and practice uninterrogated, thereby producing a unified and totalizing notion of “the heterosexual subject”.
The de- and reconstruction of heterosexualities intends to contribute to a critique of heteronormative power relations by further exploring the conditions under which a denaturalization of heterosexuality undermines or reaffirms hegemonic subject positions.
chnm.gmu.edu /asa/viewabstract.php?id=221&cf=2   (417 words)

 Jennifer Chapman
Heteronormative practice, or “heteronormativity,” is the normalization of heterosexual acts, rituals, and behaviors in a society (Ingraham 17).
Heteronormativity has a close relationship to gender roles; performing one's gender role “well” usually requires performing in ways that are read by others as heterosexual (Butler, Gender Trouble 69).
For example, it could be argued that a man who identifies as gay or bisexual does not perform his gender role well because society's expectation of a “masculine” individual involves performing a desire for the opposite sex.
www.lisa-raymond.com /ASTR/chapman.htm   (1330 words)

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