Skip to comments.Team of Researchers Blames Children's Films for Perpetuating "Heteronormativity" (What?)
Posted on 06/29/2009 9:15:45 PM PDT by TaraP
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, June 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Researchers at the University of Michigan have concluded that the love stories told in classic Disney and other G-rated children's films - such as the Little Mermaid - are partially to blame for the pervasiveness of what they label "heteronormativity."
"Despite the assumption that children's media are free of sexual content, our analyses suggest that these media depict a rich and pervasive heterosexual landscape," wrote researchers Emily Kazyak and Karin Martin, in a report published in the latest issue of the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) publication Gender & Society.
Kazyak and Martin said they studied the role of heterosexual relationships in several of the highest-grossing G-rated films between 1990-2005.
The results, say the researchers, illustrate two ways that the children's films "construct heterosexuality": through "depictions of hetero-romantic love as exceptional, powerful, transformative, and magical," and "depictions of interactions between gendered bodies in which the sexiness of feminine characters is subjected to the gaze of masculine characters."
"Characters in love are surrounded by music, flowers, candles, magic, fire, balloons, fancy dresses, dim lights, dancing and elaborate dinners," the researchers observed. "Fireflies, butterflies, sunsets, wind and the beauty and power of nature often provide the setting for - and a link to the naturalness of - hetero-romantic love."
The SWS press release on the research blamed what they called the "old ideals" of romantic relationships, specifically those found the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, which in many instances inspired the films' storylines, for "such heavily gendered depictions and glorified portrayals of heterosexual relationships."
The team says the results point to heterosexuality achieving a "taken-for-granted status" "because hetero-romance is depicted as powerful."
"Both ordinary and exceptional constructions of heterosexuality work to normalize its status because it becomes difficult to imagine anything other than this form of social relationship or anyone outside of these bonds," they concluded.
"These films provide powerful portraits of a multifaceted and pervasive heterosexuality that likely facilitates the reproduction of heteronormativity."
The SWS press release concluded: "President Obama may have declared June to be Gay Pride Month, but entertainment for children therefore continues to perpetuate a less inclusive message, leaving those outside its confines with little to build their own dreams of happily ever after."
Sexuality expert Dr. Judith Reisman told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) yesterday that the "politically correct" study reveals "the growing dominance of Heterophobia within academia and the spread of heterophobes among female professionals."
"Now, if the Ladies of the Sociology Society think pornography is becoming the heteronorm and that Disney is contributing to that form of what is really Heterophobia, they might have an argument," Reisman noted.
"However, the Ladies of the Sociology Society appear to favor Homoerotic child propaganda, as the current academic party line dictates."
Leave it to the liberals, huh?
They hate us because we’re normal.
I guess it’s no longer *Normal* to be heterosexual...
WOW...Hand Baskets get ready!!!! Going to H*ll shortly....
I thought we were all born heterosexual or homosexual. That’s what they have been telling us for years and now we find out that it’s really Mickey and Minnie’s fault !!!
Well, these people are quietly affirming what any student of history would see, that sexual preference can be rather fluid in the absence of societal taboos.
I’ve seen you post many threads with an overt Christian, religious theme, TaraP. Wouldn’t you say that the Bible portrays several such ancient societies, and accurately depicts the downward spiral they all go into, once “heteronormativity” is abandoned?
We’re living it now. Mankind never learns.
Not just normal-HETERO Normal.
Know what perpetuates “heteronormativity”? Normal human sex drive. Reproduction. Evolution. Perhaps God.
Damn you Mickey Mouse and Minnie for turning me straight!!
Concepts like “heteronormativity” are the results of academics getting paid to come up with ridiculous unsubstantiated claims instead of educating university students.
Writing about crap like this is how English professors get jobs, and sadly not how they lose them.
The apparently outrageous idea that heterosexual behavior is ‘normal’ and “what what? In the butt!” is not.
We’re approaching Sodom and Gomorrah territory with astonishing speed. Glad I have a metal roof. :-)
Yes I do....
The Destruction of GOD’s Morality and the Family has destroyed every known civilization on the planet..
We are spiraling down to that destruction....
>> What pseudo- intellectual bubble do these people inhabit?
Logic and reasoning are not the norm with this crowd. Feelings and bullshit, on the other hand...
Yeah, and their point?
(This is just beyond ridiculous.)
statisticly speaking...if gays are a small % of soceity >5%
doesnt that make hetro “normal” just based on numbers?
no wonder i dont respect these loons
Heterophobes are very disturbed people who should not be allowed to have any control or authority over others because of the psychological damage they would do to them.
My oldest daughter found out very quickly that she could be guaranteed good grades at college in her soft sciences courses like anthropology and sociology, if she threw in terms like *heteronormative*.
I need to get new glasses; I actually read the group’s name as Sociopaths for Women in Society.
And this is a problem why?
How about ‘homonormative’?:)
>> Heterophobes are very disturbed people
I never could understand the “-phobe” thing.
“phobia” == “fear”
I’m not afraid of the fags. I just can’t stand them!
Therefore, color me “homogynous”.
As opposed to what for homosexual *love*? Bathroom stalls? Homo parades during Mardi Gras? Whips, chains, and other bondage tools?
LOL.. they can never keep their stories/lies straight.
I understand one of the female producers of the Tinker Bell movie introduced several ‘homonormative’ scenes that had to be cut out before it was releasable. Gays are indeed targeting children.
apparently, if you go to college enough, you are educated directly to the state of idiocy
I would say it’s more likely to be caused by the human perverts in this country.
Hetrosexuality is normal, Homosexuality is abnormal. Nuff said.
I sure hope taxpayer dollars aren’t being used to fund this “research”. This is some really sick stuff.
Good thing that this is exactly the sort of academic time-wasting that will never affect anything real anywhere.
Duhhhhhhhh. The reproduction of "heteronormativity" is the only way to advance reproduction of the species. This crapola's only redeeming value is its comical stupidity.
Well, yeah... aren't those YOUR "family values"?
Their downfall will be the, uh, "difficulties" presented to them in the course of "family planning".
"7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Gal. 6:7
The LORD is in charge.
But if sexual orientation is purely genetically determined like gays often insist, none of this would make any difference. So is all this hair tearing amongst these heterophobes therefore pure intolerance and bigotry?
“A description of my research interests:
My sociological work concerns the interplay of bodies, sexuality, and gender, and I am interested in exploring these intersections within everyday life. My research has examined gender differences in pubertal experience and first sex; how kids’ bodies are gendered in preschool; how gender identity serves as a form of social control during labor and childbirth; how college women (sorority women, athletes, and feminists) construct appearance routine; and how gender and sexuality are entangled in the advice experts give to parents gender-neutral child rearing. Currently, I am working on a project examining the (hetero)sexual socialization of very young children by parents and through media.” - Karin Martin
really incurred from nativity?
Two researchers say
That Disney’s the way
that children acquire this proclivity.
Then there’s homosexual socialization that gets a lot of people killed. That’s a big reason gay men on average don’t make it to age 50.
I once did an independent study for three credit hours, reporting to just such a professor, and chose to compare the caves at Lascaux to a womb, and theorized that the Paleolithic cave art was a paean to Gaia.
Despite her obvious distaste for males, I aced the course, lol. Had no clue her chain was being yanked.
You're kidding, right?
Heteronormativity is a term describing the marginalization of non-heterosexual lifestyles and the view that heterosexuality is the normal sexual orientation. Instances of this include the idea that people fall into two distinct and complementary categories (male and female), that sexual and marital relations are normal only when between people of different sexes, and that each sex has certain natural roles in life. The heteronormative view is that physical sex, gender identity, and gender roles should, in any given person, align to either all-male or all-female cultural norms. The norms that this term describes might be explicit or implied. Those who identify and criticize heteronormativity say that it distorts discourse by stigmatizing some forms of sexuality and gender, and makes certain types of self-expression more difficult when that expression violates the norm.
Heteronormativity is a term used in the discussion of gender and society, mostly, but not exclusively within the field of critical theory. It is used to describe, and, frequently, to criticize how many social institutions and social policies are seen to reinforce certain beliefs. These include the belief that human beings fall into two distinct and complementary categories, male and female; that sexual and marital relations are normal only when between two people of different genders; and that each gender has certain natural roles in life.
Fairly accurate, between the two common sources one can gain a solid grasp of the definition.
Then there are the lefties...
Boise State University Composition Studies, Heteronormativity, and Popular Culture
Thomas Peele Boise State University
In this article, I argue that the field of composition studies is heteronormative. That is, as Michael Warner writes in another context, it thinks of heterosexuality as the elemental form of human association, as the very model of intergender relations, as the indivisible basis of all community (xxi). As a result of its heteronormative practices, composition studies not only underserves lesbian and gay students but also perpetuates the hegemonic marginalization of those students. Furthermore, in the absence of significant productions or examinations of discursive resistance to hegemonic constructions of lesbian and gay subjectivity, all students lose the opportunity to think of sexuality as discursively produced rather than as a natural or normal category of difference.
HETERONORMATIVITY (heteronormative): Those punitive rules (social, familial, and legal) that force us to conform to hegemonic, heterosexual standards for identity. The term is a short version of "normative heterosexuality."
Harvard University "Crimsom."
Pinkett Smiths Remarks Debated
BGLTSA calls comments heteronormative, pledges to work with Foundation
Published On Wednesday, March 02, 2005 12:00 AM
By ANNA M. FRIEDMAN
After some students were offended by Jada Pinkett Smiths comments at Saturdays Cultural Rhythms show, the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Alliance (BGLTSA) and the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations have begun working together to increase sensitivity toward issues of sexuality at Harvard.
Students said that some of Pinkett Smiths remarks concerning appropriate gender roles were specific to heterosexual relationships.
In a press release circulated yesterday by the BGLTSAand developed in coordination with the Foundationthe BGLTSA called for an apology from the Foundation and encouraged future discussion of the issue.
And in Obamaland... CNSNews.com
Obama's Faith-Based Adviser Urges Challenge to Heteronormative' Fatherhood
Monday, May 18, 2009
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
President Barack Obama - A controversial member of President Barack Obamas faith-based council said that part of the administrations role in promoting responsible fatherhood should include moving beyond Americas heteronormative view of fatherhood.
Apparently all the leftie gayboys want is "apologies" and "moving beyond."
Gee, that sounds kind of familiar. Seems like someone else in the news has been running around talking about "moving beyond" and apologizing.
Our brave new world looks like it going to be “1984” meets “Clockwork Orange”....God help us...
It's likely that kazyak's address won't work. Still, I suggested to them both that they should consider a more suitable job, one that doesn't require intellectual rigor. Cleaning toilets? Regards . . . Penny
Speaking strictly through mathematical metaphors, how about if I "intersect" your hypotenuse with a rhombus?
It’s obvious that heterosexuality is normal or typical.
Homosexuality is a disorder.
People forget that the word “homophobe” was coined by a promoter of homosexuality to mean a person’s fear of the fact that he/she had same sex attraction. It had nothing to do with anyone else’s fear of the person.