Are the straights OK? Let’s find out.
A post shared by Heterosexuality Is Ghetto (@ghetterosexuals)With the new season of Netflix’s Love is Blind hitting, we’re once again confronted with a question that has been floating around the internet for some time now: “Are the straights OK?” That phrase has served as a kind of shorthand for every question we’ve had about the oftentimes fascinating, sometimes cringe-worthy, and maybe even unsettling memes, tweets, and TikTok videos to have ever come out of Straight World™. It’s also the name of a hugely popular subreddit that serves as a repository for some of the most puzzling content out there, as well as queer-made memes that distill all our concerns about what in the world straight people are even getting at. At first glance, the “Are the straights OK?” memes might seem hyperbolic – mean-spirited, even. But look deeper and you might find that these outlandish behaviors might even suggest that, perhaps, a good number of cisgender heterosexual people still carry questionable and sometimes downright harmful perceptions about gender, sexuality, and relationships. Let’s take a deep dive into the rabbit hole of the “Are the straights OK” meme to figure out whether the straights are actually okay – and whether we might not be asking this question enough. RELATED: Texas officials investigate family for “child abuse” just because they have a trans daughterIt doesn’t take a very long time on the subreddit to realize that a lot of cis-hetero memes have an underlying theme of toxic masculinity.