heterosexuality

(redirected from straight person)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.
Related to straight person: Straight people

heterosexuality

[¦hed·ə·rō‚sek·shə′wal·əd·ē]
(psychology)
Having sexual feeling toward members of the opposite sex.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

heterosexuality

  1. (common usage) the desire for sexual relationships with persons of the ‘other’ or ‘opposite’ sex.
  2. (sociological usage) the privileged and dominant expression of sexuality in most known societies, which is often regarded as the ‘natural’ form of human sexual desire. In Western culture, heterosexuality has been normalized and prioritized over all other forms of human sexuality via institutional practices, including the law and social policy. Traditionally, sociologists have tended to take its ‘normality’ for granted, although, recently, sociologists such as MacIntosh have argued that heterosexuality should be regarded as sociologically problematic. Thus sociological theory should be directed at accounting for both the specific forms heterosexuality assumes in different cultures and its prevalence as the norm.
  3. (usage in feminist sociology) a primarily political institution which has served to further the subordination of women to men. Rich (1980) has used the term compulsory hetero sexuality to denote the social practices and prescriptions which ensure the continuance of heterosexuality as the privileged form of sexual orientation. Such practices penalize those who fail to conform, whilst ensuring the inferiorization of those women who abide by the norms. Dworkin (1976) has defined heterosexuality as one of the major means whereby the sexual and social dominance of men over women is legitimated and reinforced. This view of heterosexuality has given rise to the growth of separatism within the feminist movement, and is challenged by those feminists who identify themselves as heterosexual. From this latter perspective, heterosexuality is a sexual preference which does not necessarily reinforce the imbalance of power between women and men.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
References in periodicals archive ?
In this realm of ego psychology, therefore, a second implication for me, and one that is built on the back of the first, is that, regardless of his or her particular sexual and gender identity and orientation, every leatherman or leatherwoman, every infantilist, fetishist, and polyamorist, every person wrestling with questions of coming out, every gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer, heterosexual, or straight person: everyone brings concerns to the therapeutic process that are unique because Everyone brings concerns to the therapeutic dialogue that are simply human: the minority of one again.
Rapisardi said that it will explain why certain words are offensive when said by a straight person to a homosexual person, but acceptable if said by one gay person to another.
"For example, if a straight person with a council house tenancy in their name dies then their partner can stay in the house.
* MP Svend Robinson planss to introduce a private member's bill to eliminate 'homosexual panic,' a legal defence that allows a sentence to be reduced if a straight person can prove they were driven to violence when a gay person came on to them.
I suppose I am quite a straight person. Honest, I tell no lies.
"I consider myself a very straight person," she says.
I think they like to think they can spot a gay person as opposed to a straight person because it makes them feel something, some way a little more defined in themselves.
Gays, such as the Queer Nation, don't mind called themselves by that pejorative term, but for a straight person to do so is forbidden.
And I would say, Can a straight person cover the community either?" Baim, who is one of several Outlines staff members with journalism degrees, says both straight and gay journalists approach gay and lesbian issues with biases, so the objectivity issue is a wash.
Na less na yung discrimination, less na yung negativity, and that we deserve the same treatment given to a straight person or any person."
He was philanthropic, the most straight person in business, never doing any shady deals.
If a straight person can post a photo of him without a shirt on, why can't I?' he said.