Mono Terminology

  • Heterosexual: a person whose sexually attracted to people of the “opposite gender”
    • Opposite usually refers to the binary gender opposite
      • For a women, the binary opposite is men
      • For men, the binary opposite is women
    • homosexual: a person whose sexually attracted to people of their own gender
      • Gay: a person whose sexually attracted to men (person often=man)
      • Lesbian: a person whose sexually attracted to women (person often=woman)
    • Androsexual: a person (often genderqueer and/or non-binary identifying) whose sexually attracted to men and/or masculinity
    • Gynsexual: a person (often genderqueer and/or non-binary identifying) whose sexually attracted to woman and/or femininity


  • Same gender loving: term sometimes used by members of the African American/Black community to express an alternate sexual orientation.


  • Homophobia: fear, dislike, or hatred of homosexuals
  • Heterosexism: institutional response which assumes that all people are heterosexual and therefore excludes the needs, concerns, and life experiences of non-heterosexual people; awards power and other rewards to heterosexual people and denies privileges and rights to non-heterosexual people
  • Compulsory heterosexuality: the idea that heterosexuality is expected and enforced in our society; therefore, heterosexuality is viewed as natural and an obligation
  • Heterosexual privilege: set of advantages that individuals who are heterosexual receive solely because of their heterosexuality
    • ex. signs of affection in public without threat/punishment, employing a teacher and assuming that they will corrupt the children if they’re homosexual, dating, social acceptance, etc.
  • “gay-dar”: the idea that someone can intuitively know what someone’s sexuality is simply by looking at them
  • metrosexual: heterosexual men who think about their apperance, care about fashion and are assumed to be gay


Source for heterosexism:

NOW Lesbian Task Force. Lesbians: A Consciousness Raising Kit. Boston: Boston NOW Lesbian Task Force, 1980, 1980. Print.




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