This Just in, According to the BBC, ‘Heterosexuality’ Was ‘Invented’ in 1934—any Questions?
(Link): According to the BBC, heterosexuality was invented in 1934. I imagine you have questions.
…I should note up front that this piece first appeared in 2017, but has been making the rounds on social media again. I’m glad it is because it unintentionally shines a spotlight on our gaslight culture that the author did not intend, almost certainly because he has so thoroughly gaslit himself.
…That’s because heterosexuality has always just been there. How humans choose to define it with a specific mouth sound is completely irrelevant.
(Link): This Just in, According to the BBC, ‘Heterosexuality’ Was ‘Invented’ in 1934—any Questions?
By Mike Miller | Mar 20, 2022
…So suggests BBC Future in (Link): an article titled “The Invention of ‘Heterosexuality.” Shall we dig in?
The 1901 Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defined heterosexuality as an “abnormal or perverted appetite toward the opposite sex.”
More than two decades later, in 1923, Merriam Webster’s dictionary similarly defined it as “morbid sexual passion for one of the opposite sex.”
It wasn’t until 1934 that heterosexuality was graced with the meaning we’re familiar with today: “manifestation of sexual passion for one of the opposite sex; normal sexuality.”
And there you have it, boys and girls.
The author then opined, “Whenever I tell this to people, they respond with dramatic incredulity. That can’t be right! Well, it certainly doesn’t feel right. It feels as if heterosexuality has always “just been there.”
Um, maybe because heterosexuality has always just been there?
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