Are You Straight Or Is It Just ‘Compulsory Heterosexuality’?
What Is Compulsory Heterosexuality?
‘Compulsory heterosexuality’ refers to how a patriarchal, heteronormative society socially conditions women to view interactions and connections with men as romantic or sexual.
Heterosexuality may not be a "preference" at all but something that has had to be imposed, managed, organised, propagandised, and maintained by force.
“The assumption that "most women are innately heterosexual" stands as a theoretical and political stumbling block for many women. It remains a tenable assumption… partly because to acknowledge that for women heterosexuality may not be a 'preference' at all but something that has had to be imposed, managed, organised, propagandised, and maintained by force, is an immense step to take if you consider yourself freely and 'innately' heterosexual,” Rich wrote.
What Are The Signs Of Compulsory Heterosexuality?
According to the lesbian masterdoc, the main areas where compulsory heterosexuality come into play are in forced attraction to men, sex that’s devoid of pleasure or emotional closeness, and a complicated interest in women.
Of course, each person’s experience will vary from the next: if you experience these signs, it doesn’t automatically mean that your sexuality is one way or another.
While the notion of #comphet has opened the eyes of many, it's important to do so without falling into the trap of bi erasure.