Here’s an excerpt from today’s Daily Crimson, from an article about a recent speech by Jada Pinkett-Smith:
BGLTSA Co-Chair Jordan B. Woods ’06 said that, while many BGLTSA members thought Pinkett Smith’s speech was motivational, some were insulted because they thought she narrowly defined the roles of men and women in relationships.
Some of the content was extremely heteronormative, and made BGLTSA members feel uncomfortable, he said.
Calling the comments heteronormative, according to Woods, means they implied that standard sexual relationships are only between males and females.
“Our position is that the comments weren’t homophobic, but the content was specific to male-female relationships”, Woods said.
Margaret C. D. Barusch ’06, the other BGLTSA co-chair, said the comments might have seemed insensitive in effect, if not in intent.
“I think the comments had a very strong focus for an extended period of time on how to effectively be in a relationship; a heterosexual relationship,” Barusch said. “I don’t think she meant to be offensive but I just don’t think she was that thoughtful.”
On the other hand, I don’t even go there and I learned something from Harvard today (i.e., who knew their was such a word as “heteronormative”, and who knew it was considered a bad thing?).
Maybe I owe them 30 grand now.