Explained: What is heteropessimism, and are you suffering from it?

Source: The post is based on the article “Explained: What is heteropessimism, and are you suffering from it?” published in Indian Express on 24th July 2022.

What is the News?

In India, a recent example of heteropessimism is men trending #MarriageStrike on Twitter when the Delhi High Court was hearing a plea to criminalise marital rape.

What is Heteropessimism?

Definition: Heteropessimism can be defined as public declarations of dissatisfaction with heterosexual relationships, by people who continue to be in those relationships.

Term Coined by: The term was coined in 2019 by American gender theorist Asa Seresin.

Factors causing Heteropessimism: It has been caused and shaped by larger social, economic and political currents which stem from patriarchy, gender inequality, an unfair burden of housework on women and the pressure of ‘provider and protector’ roles on men.

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