According to an opinion piece from NBC News, "heterosexuality is just not working".
According to Marcie Bianco, the author of the column, "men continue to coerce, harass, rape and kill girls and women, and go to extreme lengths to avoid responsibility for their actions."
From the article:
"Men need heterosexuality to maintain their societal dominance over women. Women, on the other hand, are increasingly realizing not only that they don’t need heterosexuality, but that it also is often the bedrock of their global oppression."
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Bianco, a clear feminist, claims that girls and women are challenging heterosexuality, and even absconding from it altogether. She goes on to write that women have been conditioned to believe that heterosexuality is natural, and they have been conditioned to believe that their main purpose is to make babies. If they fail to do so, they are condemned as bad, or "not real" women.
Celebrities like Julianne Hough and Miley Cyrus have recently spoken out about their sexuality in ways that puts the power back into their own hands. Actress and "Dancing with the Stars" champion, Hough told "Women's Health" Magazine she was concerned that her husband would respond negatively to this newfound self-sufficiency:
"I was like, 'Is he going to love this version of me?' But the more I dropped into my most authentic self, the more attracted he was to me. Now we have a more intimate relationship."
Miley Cyrus, for her part, has never been shy about discussing her own personal sexuality. Apart from her very public break up with Liam Hemsworth, tabloids were quick to share photos of Cyrus kissing another woman while in Italy.
"I don’t associate men and protection necessarily," Cyrus said in a 2015 Time magazine interview. "I think that’s what’s given me the openness of sexuality."
Bianco doubles down in her article:
"While men stew in their mess, women are rising. They are taking back control of their lives and their bodies and they are questioning the foundation of the patriarchy, heterosexuality, that has kept them blindly subordinate for centuries."