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Womanist Musings: The Realities of Heterosexism

There are 3 comments on the www.womanist-musings.com story from Mar 27, 2012, titled Womanist Musings: The Realities of Heterosexism. In it, www.womanist-musings.com reports that:

Heterosexism is the overpowering assumption of straightness. It’s our complete erasure from the world – not just from books and media, but from advertising, from daily conversation, from all of the building blocks of daily life.

While homophobia is the big, overt hatred and prejudice against us – and certainly, I sometimes feel that heterosexism is the far more damaging force because of its unrelenting message – that the world is straight, all people are straight and all people should be straight. It’s more pervasive and, in some ways, more powerful than homophobia.

Heterosexism asks after my girlfriend or wife. Heterosexism assumed, when I was a child, that I would grow up to have a girlfriend or wife.

Heterosexism shows me a thousand heroes, none of which are like me, and a million happily ever after relationships, none of which are like mine.

Heterosexism bombards me with advertising, a desperate clamour encouraging other people to buy – but not me.

Heterosexism assumes that we’re not a part of the world so don’t need to be part of its depiction. And that any portrayal of us is of the other – something different and odd.

Heterosexism is another form that only has the words “married” and “single” boxes to tick.

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“Child of the Universe”

Since: Aug 09

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

#1 Mar 27, 2012
Great essay.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#2 Mar 27, 2012
I too think heterosexism can be far worse.
Ex Senator Saintpornum

Wilmington, DE

#3 Mar 27, 2012
There are certainly instances of heterosexism all around, but the culture is entirely different from even a decade ago in this regard. And heterosexism is by definition usually just an unintentional slight, an oversight, a matter of not knowing better.

The few remaining overt pogroms are the correct target, imo.

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