Being Straight

Posted by Nisha Singh in Gender & Sexuality
October 16, 2017

Suppose you always prefer eating pizza over burgers. But one day you chose to eat a burger when you could have had a pizza, instead. In such a situation, you could still say that it was odd for you. If I’m a person who always prefers to eat a burger over pizza and you and I happen to meet in a restaurant where we both order the food we prefer, does it make either of us strange?

If I get shocked by the fact that you ordered a pizza and say, “This is so odd. Why are you doing this?” You reply, “I always choose pizza over burgers.”  How would you feel? What would you say?

You ordered pizza over a burger because it’s your choice.

Using this analogy, I just want to place my perspective on the sensitive issue of gender and sexuality. People who are attracted to others from the opposite sex are considered ‘normal’. But people who do not fit this conventional definition and are not attracted to the opposite sex, are labelled as odd and queer.

Don’t you think that this is discriminating? Why do we need to label everything?

Every single person is different in their own way, and everyone has the right to be who they are and do things that they want to do. Whether I’m in love with a man or woman or anyone, that is my choice and it should not matter to anybody else.

I don’t understand why people who don’t fit into society’s conventions are treated poorly.They’re as human as anybody else and deserve all the equality and freedom. I don’t even know why this needs to be taught to some people, it’s such a basic thing!

Not everyone can live life according to your ideas and concepts. And those who don’t live accordingly are not odd and you have no right to call them that.

It needs to be understood that people have the right to live their lives the way they want. And if you happen to impose your idea of a life on other people, it makes nobody odd except yourself.

Do you agree? No? That’s okay. We can talk about it in the comment section.