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Social Aspects of Sexuality 126 01262015 Heterosexualty The heterosexual questionnaire developed in 1977 The most asked questions of LGBT people 0 What do you think caused your heterosexuality When and how did you rst decide you were heterosexual Is it possible your heterosexuality is just a phase you may grow out of 0 Could it be that your heterosexuality stems from a neurotic fear of others of the same sex o If you ve never slept with a person of the same sex how can you be sure you wouldn t prefer that 0 To whom have you disclosed your heterosexual tendencies How did they react Why do heterosexuals feel compelled to seduce others into their lifestyle 0 Why do you insist on aunting your heterosexuality Can t you just be what you are and keep it quiet Would you want your children to be heterosexual knowing the problems they d face 0 A disproportionate majority of child molesters are heterosexual men Do you consider it sage to expose children to heterosexual male teachers pediatricians priests or scoutmasters With all the societal support for marriage the divorce rate is spiraling Why are there so few stable relationships among heterosexuals Why do heterosexuals place so much emphasis on sex 0 These questions were made by people in the LGBT community and were chosen because they are the questions most frequently asked by heterosexuals 0 Drawing our attention to the invisibility of heterosexuality 6 it is absurd because people assume others are heterosexual why would they need to come out o Heteronormativity the idea that being heterosexual is the normal thing to be in society 0 quotA normquot is an accepted way to behaving that we accept as a normal way for tting into a society 0 Things that follow a norm are normative Women wearing dresses is the norm which is normative Being heterosexual is the norm people are usually assumed to be straight not gay Heterosexism combination of prejudice and discrimination against anyone that is not heterosexual Homophobia fear andor dislike of anyone who identi es outside the realm of heterosexuality Sexual Identities More than sexual orientation 0 Traditionally gender and behavior Alfred Kinsey o Contemporarily gender behavior desire community fantasy 0 Much more uid we have more categories than man or woman 0 Conception of sexuality is based on our conception of gender When gender gets more complicated so does sexuality 0 Desire vs behavior Not everyone acts on their desires 0 Community Can mean SampM communities kink communities 0 quotInvention of Heterosexualityquot Jonathan Katz 0 Why is this called the invention of heterosexuality Heterosexuality was not always the normal way of life It was invented by man through doctors Sex for pleasure emerged during this time period This was the rst time that the terms heterosexual and homosexual were used to make laws and decide sentencing Heterosexuality has mutated and changed over time 0 Why did the categories quotheteroquot and homosexual emerge in the 19th century Partly because of the Industrial Revolution and the rise of consumer culture Families had more money and more time so businesses started marketing products about sex that new consumers could get involved in and it increased public awareness around sex Leisure and pleasure were big during this time o The shift in gender roles certain forms of femininity were policed during this time Men were taking on more feminine jobs involving teamwork so they needed to protect their masculinity in other ways 0 The idea of heterosexuality is a good way to keep femininity and masculinity in line 0 Why does Katz trace the history of heterosexuality and not homosexuality o In de ning who we are we must say who we are not Heterosexuality is thought to be the norm the standard that all sexualities are held accountable to It is important to understand heterosexuality because of this 0 What ways do people project their sexual identities Talk about the sex you like exaggerate homophobia in order to be perceived as heterosexual important in menmasculinity irting with other people get a signi cant other and you don t have to say what you are because it shows 0 We are obsessed with knowing people s sexual orientation and identities The idea of gender is very important in establishing sexual identity 0 Sex vs Gender Sex Physical differences in primary and secondary sex characteristics Primary characteristics Genitalia etc Things there before during and after puberty Secondary Things there before and after puberty Body hair etc Gender social ideas about masculinity and femininity that we connect to being male or female bodied When talking about gender Woman man masculine feminine Gender Binary The idea that there are 2 types of people Female bodied women who are feminine Male bodied men who are masculine These two are contemporary opposites Thomas Beatie Divorce Case quotthe world s rst pregnant manquot got a sex change before he met his wife married partner in Hawaii gave birth to three children Had breasts removed but retained reproductive organs He and his partner moved to AZ and got divorced Divorce was not granted and went into appeals August 2014 ruling was overturned by the appeals court and was granted his divorce quotPillars of Heteronormativityquot 0 It s a boy man masculine with women marriage and kids with one woman 0 It s a girl woman feminine with men marriage and kids with one man Buzzfeed video If Lesbians Said the Stuff Straight People Say quotI met a straight girl the other day you two should be friendsquot quotI don t care that you re straight but I don t want to see itquot quotIt s not naturalquot quotThat s not real sexquot quotSo when you go on a date who paysquot quotSo you just jam that in thatquot quotAre your parents cool with itquot quotI can t hang out with you because I don t want them to think I m straightquot o quotIf you decided to have kids which one of you would carry the babyquot Enforces stereotype that sex is a penis in a vagina Stereotypes about family Sign that says quotWarning Slow down your family is waiting for you Watch the roadquot with a photo of a man woman and two kids enforces stereotype that heterosexual families are only normal Plug in outlet costumes Showing masculine penetration women being the receivers