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04/25/2013

Convenient definition of 'heterosexism' ya got there, NOM's Jennifer Roback Morse

by Jeremy Hooper

Listen to this short clip of National Organization For Marriage employee Jennifer Roback Morse speaking to students at the conservative Grove City College:


[SOURCE: Ruth Institute]

Listen to how she defines the term. Roback Morse makes it sound as if heterosexism is a repudiation of the idea that heterosexuality is normal when, in fact, the term is actually a challenge to the idea that heterosexuality is the *ONLY* norm. The term is pretty much defined by this, the part that she so negligently omits.

But this is how it always (and increasingly) is with NOM. They are determined to convince their supporters (or captive students, as the case may be) that all of the pro-equality gains must come at the expense of the anti-equality crowd's welfare. In this case, when rationally-minded people stand up and say, "Hey, heterosexuality is not the only normal thing," Roback Morse repurposes it to instead read, "Hey, heterosexuality is not the only normal thing." It is an anti-intellectual slight dealt by a crafty (and deliberate) sleight of hand.

Weak, Jen.

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