The idea that humans *must* be involved in an exclusive (monogamous) romantic/sexual relationship and get married/have kids.

Amatonormativity can be seen everywhere. Try and think about adults that you know. How many have never been married? Of the older ones, almost all of them have probably been married at some point in their life.

Phrases that embody amatonormativity:

  • “Oh! You have a friend coming over, huh? Is it just a friend?”
  • “You guys would be cute together!”
  • “Just date already”
  • “You don’t want to get married?”