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UC-Berkeley's ‘gender equity’ center says straight people don't know the definition of straight

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The University of California, Berkeley's Gender Equity Resource Center insists that being straight doesn't just mean an attraction to the opposite sex.

What?

The center said that heterosexuality — the natural attraction of one sex to the other — isn't just being attracted to the opposite sex and has created a list of LGBTQ-friendly terms to help define sexuality.

The organization's guide said that heterosexuality is a "person who is attracted to a gender other than their own" — which clearly isn't wrong. The guide also noted that being straight is a "sexual, emotional, and/or romantic attraction to a gender other than your own."

However, the guide goes on to note that because there are "not only two genders," the definition of heterosexuality is inaccurate.

To add more confusion, the guide defines "gender" as "a socially constructed system of classification that ascribes qualities of masculinity and femininity to people." Other related terms include "gender conformity," "gender diverse," "gender-expansive," "gender non-conforming," and "genderqueer." You can read the full definitions of these terms here.

That isn't all: the guide also offers up definitions to "heterosexism" and "heterosexual privilege."

"Heterosexism" is defined as "Part of a greater institutional structure of social organization which results in the assumption that every person is heteroseuxal, further marginalizing persons who identify as LGBTQ+ by exlusion [sic] from spaces, legislature, etc."

You know you're benefiting from "heterosexual privilege" if you benefit "automatically by being (or being perceived as) heterosexual that are denied to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queers and all other non-heterosexual sexual orientations."

The Gender Equity Resource Center describes itself as a "campus community center committed to fostering an inclusive ... experience for all."

The center is a place "where students, faculty, staff and alumni connect for resources, services, education and leadership programs related to gender and sexuality."

The center prides itself on being a safe place to discuss the apparent myriad caveats of what sexuality and gender is and isn't.

(H/T: The College Fix)

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