“What do you think about your heterosexuality?”
That was just one of many “questions for heterosexuals” a college professor drafted for her students as part of a human sexuality course … a humorous way to make them think about how people are treated based on their sexual orientation.
The questions mirrored offensive and homophobic remarks often heard by gay people, which imply that their sexual orientation is a choice, or a temporary phase, or something that should be cured.
A 20-year-old college junior, Elise, shared a photo of the questions on Twitter, writing in the caption: “My professor isn’t taking anyone’s shit.”
Other questions included:
“When did you decide you were a heterosexual?”
“Is it possible that your heterosexuality is just a phase that you may grow out of?”
“Why do you insist on flaunting your heterosexuality?”
“Why do you heterosexuals feel compelled to seduce others into your lifestyle?”; and
“Have you considered therapy to change your heterosexual tendencies?”
The majority of Twitter users found the list of questions “awesome” and “brilliant”.
One continued the professor’s initiative and replied with an additional question: “Have you even TRIED homosexuality? How do you know for sure?”
“My class was very open-minded about it,” Elise told Seventeen.
“A lot of students voiced how the questions made them realise that sexuality was not something you could control or change.”
Elise said she had received concerning messages after sharing the photo of her professor’s list, telling BuzzFeed some people sent her slurs and death threats and threatened to have her professor fired.
“I think that a lot of straight people feel victimised by these questions. I don’t think that’s the purpose of the questions at all,” she said.
“But I do think it’s silly that someone would be offended by these questions to straight people but not appalled at the way the LGBTQ community is treated.”