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Friday, July 25, 2008

UPDATED: The Lingua-Philes: The Etymology Is Out There

Sra: What do you think heteronormativity means?

Ian: Where'd you hear that?

Sra: It's part of the title of a blog I'm reading. Then there's another big word after that, but I can't get past this word, so I haven't even considered the second word yet.

Ian: What is it again?

Sra: Hetero-nor-ma-ti-vi-ty.

Ian: Let's see, that would be "the opposite... of normal".

Sra: So which part of that is "opposite"? Hetero?

Ian: Yes.

Sra: So heterosexual means --

Ian: Opposite-sexual.

Sra: Oh my god, it's all becoming so clear...

Ian: And homosexual means same-sexual.

Sra: How do you know this?

Ian: How do you NOT know this?

Sra: I don't know... sometimes when you learn the meaning of a compound word, you don't give any thought to the individual parts of the word. I think hetero must be Greek...

Ian: That's nice, dear.


Update:

Nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

After consulting my good friend Wikipedia, it seems heteronormativity refers more specifically to the general attitude that heterosexuality and heterosexual gender-associated stereotypes are the norm in society. At least that's the main gist I glean from the article, which is not very clear to me as it is written.


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11 comments:

Trovan said...

Ian - 1, Sra - 500 billion.

Be nice and lose graciously.

I'm still waiting for my first win with my wife. Someday...

Melliferous Pants said...

Heteronormativity is my new favorite word to describe Utah.

Brikena Ribaj said...

Very nice, very nice. I will definitely quote the heteronormativity-elucidating dialog when attempting an analysis of the term.

Brikena Ribaj said...

...and explanation [thereof] to the inquiring minds out there.

Claire said...

I thought this described the assumption that guys named "Norm" are automatically heterosexual, with the assumption changing to certainty if their middle name is Alan.

That said, "Heteronormativity" would make an awesome ironic band name, and I intend to use it. So, you know, thanks for that!

Sra said...

Ah Claire, always coming up with the good jokes!

P.S. I'm having a BK coffee right now per your recommendation, and you know what? It's pretty fucking good coffee! Who knew?

Claire said...

Awesome! I'm so glad you like the BK coffee - although I am a little sad that my Tipp City BK is not some localized cosmic phenomenon. Oh, well...at least I've still got that exclusive little Mexican place called "Taco Bell."

Sra said...

That's alright, you can keep your Taco Bell. I've never been a fan of Mexican food, even the American kind.

Claire said...

Awesome! I'm so glad you like the BK coffee - although I am a little sad that my Tipp City BK is not some localized cosmic phenomenon. Oh, well...at least I've still got that exclusive little Mexican place called "Taco Bell."

Sra said...

Ah Claire, always coming up with the good jokes!

P.S. I'm having a BK coffee right now per your recommendation, and you know what? It's pretty fucking good coffee! Who knew?

Claire said...

I thought this described the assumption that guys named "Norm" are automatically heterosexual, with the assumption changing to certainty if their middle name is Alan.

That said, "Heteronormativity" would make an awesome ironic band name, and I intend to use it. So, you know, thanks for that!

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