Saturday, April 22, 2006

Happy Blog Against Heteronormativity Day, Everyone!

Hi, folks. Welcome to blog against heteronormativity day, Feminazi By Night style. For those of you who have never heard of the term, you can find a pretty good description of it here.

First on the list of subjects for this glorious awareness day is this new law in Nigeria. Apparently, Nigeria felt the need to lock the closet in which homosexuals often find themselves in. Now, if you come out, you might be held criminally liable, and if you tell any of your friends or family and they don't hate you, well, they're going down with you. This has got to be one of the most sweeping bouts of heteronormativity and ignorance that I've ever encountered. Hopefully, someone will wake up over there sometime soon.

However, sadly enough, we have this same sort of thing going on in this country. What with a proposed Constitutional amendment to make sure that homosexuals never have equal marriage rights, I feel this country is sliding down the slippery heteronormativity slope.

I just can't get my head around the idea that one sexuality is "better" than another. I mean, sure, there's the whole "We can make babies and you can't argument", but that doesn't work because there are many heterosexuals who can't make babies. What about them? I'm pretty sure that those suffering from heteronormativity would say that they are still superior because they are heterosexual. So, what does heterosexuality have that homosexuality doesn't have? I do believe that's the million dollar question.

However, I regress. As much as I don't like heteronormativity, I realize that getting rid of it's hold on society is a long road that may never end. Even proclaiming your sexuality can re-enforce heteronormativity. Honestly, society shouldn't even need those types of labels in the first place.

Not only that, but I think heteronormativity and patriarchy are best friends, and that bothers me. The absolute pervasiveness of both concepts also sends shivers down my spine. Heteronormativity not only keeps "the gays" (you know, kind of like they're your next door neighbors!) in line, but it also keeps "normal" men and women in line. Heteronormativity is just another tool of the patriarchy, and that, my friends, is something a feminazi by night does not want to see put to use.

In conclusion, this picture sums up my views on heteronormativity. Those of you with your heteronormativity and patriarchy pom-poms, well, just ponder it.

1 comment:

Erik (President Simon Cowell) said...

I'm definitely a bitchy blog.