Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Word for the day

I learned a new word yesterday and wanted to share with you. Well actually it is two new words. Here is the one I learned: nonheteronormative. Now this is not that I was familar with. But in order to look it up I had to look up its root word first, heteronormative.
As defined by encyclopedia.com:

Heteronormativity is a term for a set of lifestyle norms that hold that people fall into distinct and complementary genders (male and female) with natural roles in life. It also holds that heterosexuality is the normal sexual orientation, and states that sexual and marital relations are fitting only between a man and a woman. Consequently, a "heteronormative" view is one that promotes alignment of biological sex, gender identity, and gender roles to what is now called "the gender binary."[1]

Critics argue that heteronormativity stigmatizes and marginalizes perceived deviant forms of sexuality and gender, and makes self-expression more difficult when that expression does not conform to the norm.[1] This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, intersex, transgender (LGBTQ) people, polygamists, and polyamorists.[2]

Some prominent theorists argue that heterosexual sex is itself one way that men maintain power over women, and therefore that heterosexuality is bad for women

So nonheteronormative basically means that you are non-judgemental of those who seek a different lifestyle than you. That is what I was told.
Anyway I found the word interesting and wanted to share.

Lacey Thorn
It's your world...unlaced

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