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    representation of heterosexuality and consequently I presumed everyone expressed the same sexuality. I became accustomed to seeing and experiencing heterosexuality as a norm, that when I moved to Chicago it was an eye opener to the ignorance, not only of my hometown, but western society as a whole regarding the reoccurring dominance of heterosexuality. Granted Indiana contains a controversial past and

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    What if Heterosexuality were frowned upon instead? It is difficult, if not impossible to conceive what it would have looked like, if heterosexuality were frowned upon as the odd way to express his or her sexuality. Heterosexuality is a simple term that recognizes human sex and human sexuality as appropriately expressed either by being a male or a female. The idea of gender binary (human having distinctive sex and sexuality as either a male or a female) is deeply rotted in the heterosexual philosophy

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    humans were bisexual, by which he primarily meant that everyone incorporates aspects of both sexes, and that everyone is sexually attracted to both sexes. In his view, this was true anatomically and therefore also mentally and psychologically. Heterosexuality and homosexuality both developed from this original bisexual disposition.[2] As one of the causes of homosexuality Freud mentions the distressing heterosexual experience: "Those cases are of particular interest in which the libido changes over

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    Normalizing Homosexuality Through Heterosexuality The topic of homosexuality has always been one approached with caution due to its taboo nature derived from its deviation from the heterosexual norm. Traditionally, and across several cultures, homosexuality has been successfully discussed through normalizing the behaviour through heterosexual representation. Gender reversal or amplification of feminine qualities of male characters have often been means by which authors are able to subtly introduce

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    Compulsory Heterosexuality

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    Compulsory Heterosexuality In today’s world, as humankind is still in progress, we have a much more liberated world compared to past. In terms of politics, we learned discrimination is not a honourable case to be involved in and we tried to minimize constraints reflected on “other” races, “other” nationalities, in short all of the others that are not similar to “us”. “Us” is, without doubt, white, Western man. Despite all the back-drawed prejudices of others in the name of liberation, respect

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    addition, as a Christian one is being taught that one should not question or challenge the Bible and as a bisexual male figure Western society has it that Baldwin has committed a sin. Both Baldwin and I agree that Jesus loves everyone and that heterosexuality should not be considered the norm. Throughout American history, African American women were constructed as inherently sexual and excessively available. At the same time, African Americans sexuality became an icon of eccentric sexuality in general

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    Yes and No Adrienne Rich attacks heterosexuality as “a political institution which disempowers women” in her 1980 essay Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence (Rich 23). What most see as a traditional way of life, Rich views as a societal mandate that serves as “a beachhead of male dominance,” (Rich 28). For a woman in Virginia Woolf’s time, “the one profession that was open to her [was] marriage,” and though females entered the public sphere as the 20th century progressed, “single

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    By analyzing my very own personal investment in the idea that heterosexuality is normal, I have realized that I am currently and that I used to deliberately present myself in a heterosexual persona to the world at large. Personally, when I was young, I used to be uncomfortable with women who broke the social norms of heteronormativity in public. I remember feeling anxious, and believing that one day soon society would perceive me as a divergent towards the norms because I hang out with women who

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    Question 3 Heterosexuality falls under the category of an institution and is supported by various other institutions. Heterosexuality as an institution shapes gender norms and puts a set of standards on sexuality that may be deviated from or broken (Walden 2016). Institutions such as: education, religion, media, the state, and even medicine reinforce hegemonic heterosexuality. To understand institutional reinforcement of heterosexuality, heterosexual imaginary must be understood. Ingraham defines

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    Rich’s Theory of compulsory heterosexuality, she discusses the erasure of lesbian existence in feminist literature as well as in society in general and heterosexuality as a political institution. Rich examines the relationship between compulsory heterosexuality and the patriarchy. The novel Orlando also explores topics concerning the patriarchy and gender. Although the novel does a good job of dismantling gender and gender roles, it does relate to compulsory heterosexuality as it is defined in Rich’s

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