compulsory heterosexuality

The assumption (and, therefore, imposition) that heterosexuality is a default; specific to Adrienne Rich’s Compulsory Heterosexuality text, she criticizes the assumption that men have one innate drive (sexual, towards women) and women have two (sexual, towards men, and “reproductive, towards their young”), reinforcing the divide between heterosexual and homosexual, as opposed to the concept of a sort of “lesbian continuum”. (Rich)

ties in directly with gender determinism (Serrano, 139)


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