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noun & adjectiveinformal
- short for heterosexual
- ‘I wouldn't care about marriage, & I, as a life-loving Lesbian, never wanted to get married, except that it is the only way in the near future that we will be able to have the rights that married hets have now.’
- ‘Yet the premise of the show - that a bar can provide the sense of community lonely city dwellers lack - was, and is, at least as relevant to homos as to hets.’
- ‘I am one of those pretentious liberal hets who often use the word ‘partner’ instead of ‘girlfriend’.’
- ‘Homoerotic or just plain erotic, it can be hard to tell, as characters slip between gay and het, male and female, child and adult.’
- ‘As more than one op-ed person has pointed out, if ‘protecting het marriages’ is a national priority, why not outlaw divorce and up the penalties for adultery?’
- ‘Certainly there are those within these communities who disagree with my use of the word, but I am most often chastised for saying it by straight people who would probably turn a deaf ear if another het said it instead.’
- ‘While issues surrounding intimacy, trust and condom use are similar for hets, gays and lesbians, the latter two groups face particular concerns because of the lack of acceptance of homosexuality.’
- ‘And, while we're at it, is it possible to make pornography (in particular, het pornography) that is not anti-feminist?’
- ‘Of course, some people who say they're straight really do want it (because they're not really straight), and some hets are willing to be led for a walk on the wild side if the invitation comes from the right person at the right moment.’
- ‘Adoption agencies will have to give equal weight to applications from non-married het couples and gay couples, I suppose.’
- ‘There was more tenderness in these exchanges than you see in most vanilla het porn.’
- ‘Dante took me to a party, the attendees of which were mostly gay, with the exception of one het couple and a bunch of girls like me.’
- ‘Which brings up an interesting point, how come they don't have any sites like this for us hets?’
- ‘When I talk about needing lesbian community, my het friends are offended on some level and ask if it really makes a difference.’
- ‘I am, to most appearances, pretty het in my appearance; I'm sure ‘Queer Eye’ would find just as much to be bitchy about in my lifestyle as anyone else.’
- ‘Though not the only right-winger club to voice their disapproval of the TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, in which five gay men give makeovers to frumpy hets, the Montana Family Coalition has certainly become the most quotable.’
- ‘I want to support Lesbians who are concerned about this & say: Often, if you know who the writer actually is, they are bisexual or het women, or even men, writing as Lesbians.’
- ‘I have heard a claim that male gay relationships last longer on average than het ones, so if he's arguing that monogamy is ‘natural’ (and people like him usually do), then I'd like to see how he deals with that fact.’
- ‘Most het women only see female genitalia in photographs and video.’
- ‘He was very patient with them, but I can see why more hets don't talk about it openly.’
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