Created By: dragonslipJuly 23, 2012 Last Edited By: dragonslipJuly 24, 2012

“Heterosexual”=“repulsed by same sex acts”

This is how typically Heterosexual characters are repulsed by the idea of taking part in sex act with a member of their own gender

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All heterosexuality necessarily means with regards to the issue of taking part in same sex sex acts is that you’re not turned on by the act or the idea of the act. In most fictional works however characters who are or at least believe them selves to be fully heterosexual are not only not interested in homosexual sex acts but are positively disgusted by the very idea of them selves taking part in such an act even if their excepting of gay people

This is probably most common in gender bending stories where a character's sexuality is changed or at least called into question by their bent gender. Very rarely in these types of stories do you see a male Pornomancer who wakes up as a women and now attracted man and reacts by going down to nearest bar to start picking up guys even though there are no doubt atleast some men who would react like that

Examples

WesternAnimation
  • there is an episode of family guy where Brian unknowingly has with a male-female transsexual and is so disgusted when he finds out that he vomits and vigorously scrubs his howl body

Community Feedback Replies: 47
  • July 23, 2012
    Koveras
    Disregarding the trope proposal validity, Heterosexual Means Homophobe would be a less bulky title.
  • July 23, 2012
    dragonslip
    does'nt "Homophobe" imply a dislike of gay people not just gay sex?
  • July 23, 2012
    captainsandwich
    Dragonslip is right although i do think this is just People Sit On Chairs
  • July 23, 2012
    dragonslip
    @captainsandwich this is'nt just some meaningless thing that happens, it put in fiction more then I suspect it's present in real life because it allows you to make stories about sexuality more interesting

  • July 23, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Strictly Straight?

    People Sit On Chairs would be saying that heterosexual people aren't attracted to people of their own sex, don't seek them out as partners or comment on their attractiveness...

    This makes me think of that bit in American Psycho when Bateman tries to strangle his male friend (Louis? Luis?) but his friend thinks he's making a pass at him and confesses to feeling the same. Bateman is so repulsed he tries to wash his hands even though he's wearing gloves.

    I have no idea what a Pornomancer is supposed to be though. It's a really confusing description tbh.
  • July 23, 2012
    dragonslip
    Pornomancer is the name of trope on this website, it refers to a character who finds in very easy to get laid without it being clear why they're so appealing
  • July 23, 2012
    LittleLizard
  • July 23, 2012
    animeg3282
    In fiction, this character is almost always a guy, and ...sort of a douche.
  • July 23, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I think that this is common in real life, people just don't talk about it, because most people are strait, and find the concept of engaging in such acts as repulsive. of course in fiction situations where this comes up can be awkward, and by extension comical, hence why it comes up in fiction more than you see it in real life. Also in fiction the characters aren't real and thus unless a character is an author avatar writing such a situation might not feel strange. Also some people avoid talking about things like sexual orientation.
  • July 23, 2012
    NimmerStill
    ^^^No, it's really not the same as that; you can be repulsed by the act but not against gay people or even the same-sex act in principle. You can think it's gross but not morally wrong. And for that reason, ^^no, they're not even always portrayed as being a douche.

    • Dave Chapelle in Chapelles Show says he finds it to be "gross" (unless they're lesbians), through the voice of a pretty white girl.
    • I think there was a Sex And The City episode where Samantha is repulsed (but is surprised by her own closed-mindedness about it) by a co-ed no-do-overs Spin-The-Bottle game.

    By the way, there's also a difference between being repulsed by the idea of same-sex relations in general, or just being repulsed by the idea of *yourself* engaging in them. They might both fall under this trope, but the distinction is notable.
  • July 23, 2012
    dragonslip
    @captainsandwich

    Ithink it's comon but not as much as in fiction
  • July 23, 2012
    dragonslip
    @Nimmer Still

    "there's also a difference between being repulsed by the idea of same-sex relations in general, or just being repulsed by the idea of *yourself* engaging in them" genrally I think it's the same mental hangup the causes both
  • July 23, 2012
    NimmerStill
    ^I disagree. I think the former involves a much higher degree of intolerance and closed-mindedness for what might be beautiful to others, while the latter is just the natural reaction when someone is at the extreme straight end of the scale.
  • July 23, 2012
    dragonslip
    @Nimmer Still

    being really really Heterosexual on it own can only make you disinterested in gay sex, it takes something besides that to ad the disgust

  • July 23, 2012
    NimmerStill
    Source? Sex tends to be an all-or-nothing thing with many people. Even people of someone's preferred sex may evoke disgust at the thought of sleeping with them, if they are very unattractive or incompatible in some way. That doesn't seem to reflect a particular hangup.
  • July 23, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Where are the examples? Without examples this has zero validity as a proposal, in addition to all its various other issues (it reads like you're complaining; we're not here to complain, we're here to celebrate and analyze tropes).
  • July 23, 2012
    animeg3282
    not to mention there should be no real life examples if this is a trope.
  • July 23, 2012
    dragonslip
    @Nimmer Still

    I consider that a common sense conclusion requiring no Source because there’s no such thing as anti-arousal. The hang up is that we believe we should find things we don’t find attractive disgusting instead of just uninteresting

    @fulltimeD

    Lots of these get posted without examples right away

    @animeg3282

    What? I’ve seen lots of tropes with real life examples

  • July 23, 2012
    NimmerStill
    It's obviously not common sense to everyone. As I said, thought of sex with someone one is not attracted to is indeed disgusting to many people. Not the person, but the idea of sex with them. It seems perfectly fine to call that "anti-arousal" to me, and the source-requirement comes in when you claim that there's a real psychological disorder or problem going on when we do.
  • July 23, 2012
    animeg3282
    Yes, but I can see this trope having a messy real life section with much natter and bullet points upon bullet points of wordcruft.
  • July 23, 2012
    dragonslip
    “It's obviously not common sense to everyone. As I said, thought of sex with someone one is not attracted to is indeed disgusting to many people. Not the person, but the idea of sex with them. It seems perfectly fine to call that "anti-arousal" to me” that’s just not being aroused and being disgusted at the same time

    “the source-requirement comes in when you claim that there's a real psychological disorder going on when we do” I never claimed I didn’t need a sauce for that part (which is why it’s not in main article) it’s just speculation based on analysing by own thought patterns and asking other people

  • July 23, 2012
    NimmerStill
    Well my speculation based on my thoughts and asking other people leads me to the opposite conclusion. So, what else is there to do but consult a source?
  • July 23, 2012
    dragonslip
    what is your conclusion exactly?
  • July 23, 2012
    NimmerStill
    That disgust at the idea of sex with a person of your dispreferred sex, as a special case of disgust at the idea of sex with anyone you're not attracted to (though maybe not as extreme if it's of the preferred sex), is a perfectly natural reaction.
  • July 23, 2012
    dragonslip
    @Nimmer Still

    Sexuality doesn't work that way, there is turned on by something and there is not turned on by something, nothing else

  • July 23, 2012
    dragonslip
    ^why does that keep happening when I type apostrophes?
  • July 23, 2012
    Routerie
    Of course straight men are repulsed by having to have sex with men. Same with straight women. That's not a trope. And you have no examples of it.
  • July 23, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    ^^ Are you typing posts in a word processing application and pasting them here? Curly apostrophes get turned into that. If using MS Word, in AutoCorrect options turn off "Turn 'straight quotes' into 'smart quotes'"; or use a bare text editor instead of a word processor; or type apostrophes here.
  • July 23, 2012
    dragonslip
    @Routerie

    "Of course straight men are repulsed by having to have sex with men" those two things don't necessarily follow from each other at all. To have a specific sexuality you don't have to be repulsed by everything else no included in that sexuality, just disinterested

    The family guy one?

  • July 23, 2012
    captainpat
    Does having sex with a post op male to female transsexual even count as same sex?
  • July 23, 2012
    NimmerStill
    @dragonslip, ^^^^^^, then again I ask, source? Because that's clearly a question for the experts on sexuality, not a matter of common sense or anecdotal evidence.
  • July 23, 2012
    randomsurfer
  • July 23, 2012
    animeg3282
    No. This is some straight guy being like GAY DUDES BANGING IS SUPER GROSS!! That is a very specific reveal
  • July 23, 2012
    SpiderRider3
    Not entirely clear on this discussion, but Mr. Furley seems like one from Threes Company.
  • July 24, 2012
    Duncan
    I think this is something of a Dead Horse Trope (except in the case of Unsettling Gender Reveal, when it has to do with actual sex which has occurred, and which anyway gets into the misapprehension that Trans Equals Gay), and possibly even a Dead Unicorn Trope. Ignoring, of course, No Bisexuals (and indeed any Bisexuality Tropes), and the fact that now it's acknowledged that many women think Guy On Guy Is Hot, nowadays this sort of instant "ew gross" reaction seems to be the province of teenagers or the Armoured Closet Gay (or both).

    • In And Out (I think?) had a scene with two straight teenage couples in a movie theater watching a film where there's a gay kiss. The guys flinch, while the girls sigh and think it's romantic.
  • July 24, 2012
    Routerie
    @dragonslip, With Family Guy, Brian had sex with a post-op MTF transsexual. He was disgusted that the person he'd screwed, that person with a vagina, had previously been a man. That's a plot point but it could be Too Rare To Trope. Do you have any examples of men having sex with men and then being disgusted by the fact? (No, because that would probably just fall under man-on-man rape.)
  • July 24, 2012
    dragonslip
    @Routerie

    It does'nt actually have to involve the act
  • July 24, 2012
    dragonslip
    @Nimmer Still

    like I said there's no such thing as anti-arousal
  • July 24, 2012
    captainpat
    ^^ I think this is when a character is not just disinterest in the idea of gay sex but outright revolted by it. I'm not really sure of the tropability here.
  • July 24, 2012
    NimmerStill
    ^^Yes, like YOU said. That doesn't make it so. Source?
  • July 24, 2012
    dragonslip
    @Nimmer Still

    I stated there was no such thing as anti-arousal you stated there was and defined what you thought it meant I told you that’s not what it meant there for you don’t believe it exits either to the best of my knowledge
  • July 24, 2012
    NimmerStill
    Ok, then forget the term "anti-arousal". What's your argument that it's not natural to feel disgust at the prospect of having sex with someone of one's dispreferred sex? Saying "there's no such thing as anti-arousal" is not an argument.

    And actually, no, you never actually said that's not what it meant. You never defined "anti-arousal" at all, nor explained why it was relevant.
  • July 24, 2012
    pcw2727
    People Sit On Chairs I've never met a straight guy that has no reaction to the sight of gay sex. This is the norm even among men who are not anti gay.
  • July 24, 2012
    ladygem
    Gay Is Ew as a counterpart to Het Is Ew?
  • July 24, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    pcw2727: I don't think this is to do with WATCHING sex necessarily.

    Also, while it is interesting to discuss whether or not this is connected with homophobia in real life, can we just say that it definitely occurs in fiction, and that it may or may not be an indication of the character's homophobic leanings?
  • July 24, 2012
    animeg3282
    Ok, but examples.
  • July 24, 2012
    dragonslip
    @Nimmer Still

    I call quits

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