September 4, 2021
A swath of ridiculous TikTok videos is throwing out the laws of nature in an attempt to condition mostly young viewers into believing that they only think they are heterosexual because of societal pressures.
The viral trend shoves this kind of woke content down the throats of the social media site’s users with shallow videos that describe what they claim is “compulsory heterosexuality,” also known colloquially as “comphet.” The term attempts to describe a so-called belief that women have only been brainwashed by Western culture that all connections between opposite [biological] sexes are romantic or sexual.
The new woke word is described in Urban Dictionary as “a term generally used in lesbian circles that refers to when a lesbian is led to think that she’s attracted to men. This can manifest in her also knowing she’s into women and thinking she’s bi, or her not even recognizing she’s into women, and thinking she’s straight. This experience can be hard for them to go through.” Yes, it must be a difficult experience to grow up in woke culture.
If that word soup didn’t make sense, perhaps seeing the word used in an everyday exchange would be more enlightening:
“Friend 1: I know I’m only attracted to girls, but I’ve been weirdly obsessed with Chris Hemsworth lately.
Friend 2: Sounds like a comphet crush to me.”
Many of the videos seek to “help” their viewers ascertain if they are bisexual or lesbian in a purported attempt to weed out “compulsory heterosexuality.”
One such video by Marin-Elizabeth gives TikTok users a list of the so-called “common signs of compulsory heterosexuality” including “liking guys until they like you back” and “feeling nauseous when intimate with guys.”
Another video attempted to explain the theory by analyzing your first thoughts if you were to hypothetically have a “conventionally attractive man walking toward you.”
The girl explained that if your first thought is, “I like him,” you might be bisexual. On the other hand, if your first thought is, “I hope he likes me,” then she suggested it’s more likely “comphet.”
A lesbian feminist coined the term in a 1980’s essay, “Compulsory Heterosexuality and the Lesbian Experience” by Adrienne Rich, according to Cosmopolitan.
The author proffered a theory that everyone is naturally attracted to women and that attraction to the male variety is a learned skill.
Cosmopolitan suggested that the term has regained popularity recently due to an online document released by Angeli Luz. The 30-page document was originally released anonymously and questions how lesbians can be conditioned by society to be attracted to men.
“I realized I loved women when I was a teenager, but I never quite knew if my attraction for men was real or a social construct I took in as a facet of my identity,” Luz explained to Vice. “I started researching compulsory heterosexuality and found that many lesbians had the same experiences I did. I created the document as a tool of self-reflection for myself and others.”
She also explained that “many lesbians STILL struggle with compulsory heterosexuality even when they know they don’t want men.”