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A compound of Latin amātō or amātus and normativity, modeled on heteronormativity and coined by philosophy professor Elizabeth Brake in 2011.[1]


amatonormativity (uncountable)

  1. (neologism) The assumption that all human beings pursue love or romance, especially by means of a monogamous long-term relationship.
    • 2011, Elizabeth Brake, Minimizing Marriage: Marriage, Morality, and the Law, page 98:
      Amatonormativity is oppressive when it privileges members of one form of caring relationship at the expense of noncomformists, whose opportunities are thereby significantly worsened.
    • 2017, Carrie Jenkins, What Love Is: And What It Could Be, unnumbered page:
      Casual amatonormativity is routine even in scholarly research.
    • 2020, Sophia Brown, "Redefining Valentine's Day culture on campus", The Catalyst (New College of Florida), 12 February 2020, page 9:
      "I dislike [Valentine's Day] because I'm aromantic and it's very symbolic of the culture of amatonormativity," thesis student Aiden Juge commented.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:amatonormativity.

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  1. ^ Elizabeth Brake (n.d.) , “Amatonormativity”, in Elizabeth Brake [personal website][1], WordPress, retrieved 2021-05-08: “Amatonormativity is a word I coined to describe the widespread assumption that everyone is better off in an exclusive, romantic, long-term coupled relationship, and that everyone is seeking such a relationship.”