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Of, relating to, or designating the belief or assumption that humans fall into two distinct categories, female and male, with complementary gender roles, and that heterosexuality is the normal or preferred form of sexuality.

het′er·o·nor′ma·tive·ly adj.
het′er·o·nor′ma·tiv′i·ty (-tĭv′ĭ-tē) n.
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Breaking conventional heteronormative narratives, Darling highlights experiences that often go unheard.
The book unpacks the secular language that Western culture uses to talk about love and race and describes how love songs demonstrate the queerness at the heart of heteronormative culture.
In the traditional heteronormative structure, children usually are raised by only one parent, which is the mother.
They're former insiders who testify to what they see as the traumatizing effects of living under evangelicalism's patriarchal, heteronormative, and racist norms." He notes the exvangelical support group on Facebook has over 4,700 members from across the country and that there are many more former evangelicals identifying as such around the US and internationally.
They show that cultural myths about sexual violence are based in heteronormative value judgments and oppositional sexism, which are key determinants in how victims will be treated.
"A world without toxic masculinity," they go on, "where we will not be pressured to adhere to heteronormative standards, and where femininities are not objectified, victimised or silenced."
While Murray's advocacy is emblematic of race womanhood, using female pronouns for Murray feels unfairly heteronormative. Thus, this review uses the gender neutral pronouns they/them.
Director Yorgos Lanthimos delivers an unhinged costume drama that makes Dangerous Liaisons look tame and heteronormative by comparison.
It further says that although the legal system in the country recognises three gender categories, the PMDC curriculum is based on conventional heteronormative assumptions and gender and sexual binary.
Just as historians of African Americans, gays and lesbians, and women have discovered preconditions to the activism of the 1960s and 1970s in nascent critiques of the white supremacy, heteronormative dominance, and oppressive gender ideals in postwar America, Kranson sees continuity from critiques of upward mobility in the 1950s to Jewish countercultural impulses in the 1970s.
The first essay, "Liberating History" by historian Elise Chenier, explores gay couples Chris Vogel and Richard North, and Michel Girouard and Regeant Tremblay's use of same-sex marriage in the early 1970s as a "radical tactic" to contest heteronormative assumptions around marriage.