'The term compulsory heterosexuality is having a moment online right now'
With the re-emergence of the viral Lesbian Masterdoc, TikTok has discovered comphet.
Lesbian Masterdochas re-emergedFlashpop“Women have married because it was necessary, in order to survive economically, in order to have children who would not suffer economic deprivation or social ostracism, in order to remain respectable, in order to do what was expected of women because coming out of ‘abnormal’ childhoods they wanted to feel ‘normal’" and because heterosexual romance has been represented as the great female adventure, duty, and fulfilment. We may faithfully or ambivalently have obeyed the institution, but our feelings - and our sensuality - have not been tamed or contained within it,” she writes.
Rich proposed that women’s sexuality existed along a ‘lesbian continuum’, wherein women had more to gain from intimacy and relationships with women, whether that intimacy was friendship, romance, or sexual, than from any relationships with men. Rich advocated for political lesbianism (choosing to either not have relationships with men, or pursue relationships with women, regardless of your sexual orientation, for political reasons) and lesbian separatism; claiming that women could only be free to be their authentic selves when free from men’s - and by extension the patriarchy’s - influence by pursuing lives with other women.
Unlike some advocates of political lesbianism and lesbian separatism, Rich believed that everyone, including all women, is innately attracted to women , whereas attraction to men is learned. Rich argued that women’s attraction to men was in fact internalised patriarchy and not genuine. headtopics.com
Compulsory heterosexuality: The controversiesMany young women online have found the term useful to describe why it took them so long to figure out their; they had internalised the idea that theyhadto be attracted to men and therefore created crushes or misconstrued their interest in male friends or celebrities.
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