“Heteroromantic” Privilege? James Madison University Pulls Controversial Diversity Training Video

James Madison University has been under fire for a controversial video used for diversity and social justice training of employees. The video details groups of privileged and oppressed persons. While employees were reportedly told not to share the material with others, the material became public before the school suddenly pulled it off of its sites. What stood out for me was the inclusion of the term “heteroromantic” as a privileged group juxtaposed with the countervailing oppressed groups of “homoromantic, Aromantic, bi/panromatic” individuals.  I had not previously seen those categories in such materials, so I sought out some definitions.

The training identifies various types of people at “agents” of privilege including able-bodied people, people between 30-50, “man, cis-gender people,” heterosexuals, Christians and “heteroromantic” people.  Under the chart, many students would fit a type of uber-privileged conglomeration of all of the categories. This has led to many objecting to the implications of being tagged in this way — putting them opposite (and implicitly responsible for) oppressed groups. While half of the chart refers to the “privileged” (rather than the “oppressors”), the other half refers to the “oppressed.”

What was striking is the separation of heterosexuals and heteroromantics as separate categories for privilege. Merriam-Webster defines “heterosexual” as “of, relating to, or characterized by sexual or romantic attraction to or between people of the opposite sex.”

The training was presented by Jennifer Iwerks (assistant director for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression programming) and Jessica Weed  (coordinator of student activities). In her own identity disclosure, Iwerks identifies herself as “”temporarily able-bodied.”

For those who were not familiar with the heteroromantic category, here is how such terms have been defined on other sites:

  • Aromantic: individuals who do not experience romantic attraction toward individuals of any gender(s)

  • Biromantic: romantic attraction toward males and females

  • Heteroromantic: romantic attraction toward person(s) of a different gender

  • Homoromantic: romantic attraction towards person(s) of the same gender

  • Panromantic: romantic attraction towards persons of every gender(s)

  • Polyromantic: romantic attraction toward multiple, but not all genders

  • Gray-romantic: individuals who do not often experience romantic attraction

  • Demiromantic: an individual who does not experience romantic attraction until after a close emotional bond has been formed. People who refer to themselves as demiromantic may choose to further specify the gender(s) of those they are attracted to (e.g. demi-homoromantic).

The university has now removed the video but has not made any other statements on the training program or underlying categories.

71 thoughts on ““Heteroromantic” Privilege? James Madison University Pulls Controversial Diversity Training Video”

  1. I know things have been brewing for awhile. But, all these classes and categories are a newer thing that hit society very quickly. Why? And most importantly; Who promoted this?
    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Voltaire.

    1. 10000% more likely Jesse Jackson, his wife & many others end up in the hospitals their mRNA gene therapy Vaxxes.

      People need to bust of their trance, mRNA gene therapies being given are bio-weapons that are shedding to others from many that have had them.

      If we live we’ll all start to see the mass mRNA crap k ill off the winter & in later winters use these latest booster does them in faster?

      We’ll see.

      I’ll post the Law Prof Dr Francis Boyle tomorrow or anyone can see it now at Banned.Video, he’s interviewed in the middle

      1. Wow, typos…

        Oky1 Trump Won says:
        August 22, 2021 at 12:22 AM

        10000% more likely Jesse Jackson, his wife & many others end up in the hospitals from their mRNA gene therapy Vaxxes.

        People need to bust out of their trance, mRNA gene therapies being given are bio-weapons that are shedding to others from many that have had the mRNA jabs.

        If we live we’ll all start to see the mass mRNA crap k ill off this winter & in later winters use these latest booster does them in faster? ( low Vit D3, Zinc+ A etc…)

        We’ll see.

        I’ll post the Law Prof Dr Francis Boyle tomorrow or anyone can see it now at Banned.Video, he’s interviewed in the middle.

  2. Let’s complicate life even further by making up some definitions in people’s romantic interests. That may be what they are going for, or, they are so confused in life they want everyone else to feel their pain. Maybe it’s both, I really don’t know. What I do know is this inane group needs their own planet.

  3. Acceptance is not enough when your on a quest for power and revenge. The base of the character is systemic.

  4. Is “romantic attraction” considered separate from sexual attraction, as in wine and roses instead of Tinder?

  5. This is what the Left does. It uses identifiers to pit various groups against each other.

    Marxist class warfare doesn’t catch on in America, because most millionaires are self-made. You can move up or down in socioeconomic class. You can have a single mom and become president one day.

    So they had to come up with other means to divide. They used race, gender, sexuality, and anything else they could think of to create various tribal us vs them modalities.

    It’s working.

    1. The Left would hate my entire family.
      Both sides came to this country, legally.
      Both sides were poor.
      Both sides worked hard, saved their money. Made good financial decisions. Grandmother on my mothers side only had a 6th grade education. Grandfather not much better. But they achieved the American dream of home ownership (paid in full).
      My parents did the same.
      Us kids did/are doing the same.
      So is my daughter.

      Yes, the Left would hate us for being successful Americans by virtue of our work ethic, refusal to be victims, and in command of our own lives.

  6. THERE IS NO RATIONALE OR REQUIREMENT FOR DIVERSITY – THERE IS A NEED FOR MERIT AND SUCCESS
    _________________________________________________________________________________________

    “DIWORSEIFICATION”

    “Distrust diversification, which usually turns out to be diworseification.”

    – Peter Lynch, One Up Wall Street, 1989
    ________________________________

    “the people are nothing but a great beast…

    I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value.”

    – Alexander Hamilton
    _________________

    America was intended to be one thing and one thing only: Free.

    Indeed, America was never intended or designed to be diverse or a feeding trough for the “poor” and dependent.

    To wit,

    Naturalization Acts of 1790, 1795, 1798 and 1802

    United States Congress, “An act to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization,” March 26, 1790

    “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That any Alien being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen thereof…”
    __________________________________________________________________________________

    “The true reason (says Blackstone) of requiring any qualification, with regard to property in voters, is to exclude such persons, as are in so mean a situation, that they are esteemed to have no will of their own.”

    “If it were probable that every man would give his vote freely, and without influence of any kind, then, upon the true theory and genuine principles of liberty, every member of the community, however poor, should have a vote… But since that can hardly be expected, in persons of indigent fortunes, or such as are under the immediate dominion of others, all popular states have been obliged to establish certain qualifications, whereby, some who are suspected to have no will of their own, are excluded from voting; in order to set other individuals, whose wills may be supposed independent, more thoroughly upon a level with each other.”

    – Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, 1775

  7. Diversity [dogma] (i.e. color judgment), inequity, and exclusion.

    Social justice anywhere is injustice everywhere.

    From Jew privilege to White privilege and divergence following a progressive path and grade… They have well and truly jumped the baby.

  8. Rep. Green says that Biden has created the greatest hostage crisis in history.

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2021/08/21/gop-rep-green-biden-has-created-the-greatest-hostage-crisis-in-american-history/

    The current situation certainly has that potential. I don’t think that the Taliban has overlooked the potential and they probably see more opportunities in it than we do, certainly more than our Woke US Military leaders can see.

    Biden threatened Americans with F-15s and nuclear weapons. Terrible weapons but they are in the hands of You-Know-Who generals who dance to the tune of YMCA.

    Think of it! The mighty U.S. Military has been chased out by a bunch of Dark Age Goat F***ers and they left behind secret documents and equipment, war material, and THOUSANDS of potential hostages.

    But the White House infobabe tells us Biden has a ‘Laser Focus’ on the problem. I don’t see those laser beams in any of his pictures. I see vacancy. Sometimes an ice cream cone.

  9. I actually have a little more to say on this, but it’ll have to wait.

    Right now I gotta go climb a 30 meter dying Sycamore Maple with root rot leaning over power lines, and figure out how I’m gonna get the top off without killing myself.

    When I get home, maybe someone can tell me where I can cash in this “privilege” thingy I’m supposed to have access to.

    I haven’t figured out how it works yet I reckon, but when I do I’m gonna play it like a 5 dollar banjo.

    1. Chris, we likely live in different states, but when I had a problem with trees and power lines I called the power company. They ameliorated the risks from tree and power line interactions. Maybe you can work with them to at least reduce some of your risk or get them to remove the tree.

      You are not privileged. The left has created a new way of creating racial hatred.

    2. -Chris Weber,
      Former volunteer firefighter here, and I agree with S.Meyer, call the power company and see if they can do something first. Do not want to read about some one in another state who had an accident with power lines.

      “Safety first, Shaun!”
      -Philip, played by Bill Nighy, Shaun of the Dead.

    3. This is why I never talk to anonymous people on the internet. It gives them a sense that they know everything about everything and everyone else must be an idiot.

      How else would you explain the hubris it takes to tell a professional how to do their own job?

      For the record, to any other armchair experts and harry homeowners out there who feel the need to tell me how to do my own job, yes I am aware of the power company and I cut trees routinely over power lines its my job. I realize I am only 60 soon to be 61 but I do think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

      So thanks for the tip, next time I get a sketchy widowmaker or good barber or side-load candidate I’ll give you a holler, would love to hear your take on it but in the future try to give others the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they aren’t the catch all experts on everything you apparently must be, but at least lets assume they know how to do their own jobs.

      1. And I will also say I’m sorry if that sounds snarky but its the truth.

        No one gets me in here because no one gets “it”.

        The problem isn’t what the democrats are doing now. And the problem isn’t what the republicans were doing before. They’re both doing the same thing.

        I’m not here to talk to anonymous posters or blog regulars or whatever. I’m here because I believe the common man can influence the great man if he takes the time to be heard. Its rare but I know he cannot if he doesn’t, so whether in vain or not I at least make the attempt that perhaps some jot or tittle might in some way help express a different vantage point from a side he might not often hear from. And this only because I’ve followed him for so long since the early years, reading his articles, watching him on Meet the Press or similar venues, etc and he is concerned about many of the same things I am concerned about. Namely freedom of speech and some of the more libertarian ideals and mores’ that we share a viewpoint on. But namely free speech, which I too am alarmed over the erosion thereof, which started a lot earlier than this current administration as did our rights to privacy. Its all disappearing and everyone just seems happy with these new Orwellian mores’ and ideologies so its important that someone is out there with the training and credentials and experience as well as the access like Jonathan Turley to remind people what the Bill of Rights was all about, and why we have a right to privacy, a right to own a firearm, a right to speak freely, etc. These things are fundamental to who we are as a people and always have been and the erosion of them is the end of civilization as all who went before knew it. And I for one don’t want to be one of the last of the free people so hoping for the best.

        I could care less what some anonymous people have to say because I don’t know who I am talking to, it could be some nutjob in his moms basement or it could be some paid consultant in Russia trying to keep division going strong, it could be some political operative paid by a party or lobbying group, it could be anyone. It could be my grandma, …no wait, she’s deceased. Ok that’s one person I know its not…

        Its a waste of time. I do from time to time read and even like a comment or two if its particularly poignant or on topic, but I don’t have all day to hang out in here going tit for tat with some overcaffinated troll arguing about what someone meant when they said the word “is”. I just come because I think its important that great men, once in a while hear from the common man.

        Can you hear me now…

        1. And I’d be remiss to throw that much out there without also adding that I don’t care who you (anyone) are. Its not about who anyone is. I don’t need to know who anyone is. I need to know that what you’re saying means enough to you to put your own name and face on it. Because right now we got about 3 billion “names” online all arguing with each other, I won’t say people because with blogs and such it is common for them to use multiple names therefore you could have 10 people talking in a blog, ..but really have just 4, or 5. There’s really no way to tell. Ever. No matter how sincerely someone says “I’ll send you the info offline”, or email or message or phone call or meet you or leave it in a paper sack at the bus depot after midnight, …and so on. All that’s nonsense.

          Its not about knowing who anyone is. Its about knowing that believe what they are saying means enough to them to put their John Hancock on it, and I think once people start doing that then the fervor will wane and sanity will start to prevail again.

          And its important to add its not about that its “ok because Prof Turley said we could”… I agree with him on that and I expected no less an opinion than one of tolerance for anonymous posting as a natural byproduct of freedom of speech. It must exist for true freedom of speech to exist, or those in fear of retaliation or some kind of penalty imposed by a govt or other body might limit their expression. So of course it must exist and this blog of all would naturally allow it. Its not about whether we can or can’t. Its about whether we should.

          There’s a lot of things we can legally do that we know we ought not to. I believe this is one.

          1. Nice rant Chris…

            This is why I never talk to anonymous people on the internet. It gives them a sense that they know everything about everything and everyone else must be an idiot. — Chris Weber

            Yet, here you are, anyways… wearing your emotions on your sleeve and ready to rumble. UpstateFarmer and S. Meyer merely expressed concern for your well-being, and you teed off. A simple “No worries. I’ve got this.” would have sufficed.

            sorry if that sounds snarky but its the truth. — Chris Weber

            ***

            The problem isn’t what the democrats are doing now. And the problem isn’t what the republicans were doing before. They’re both doing the same thing. — Chris Weber

            As it just so happens, we agree. Party politics are the problem — voting Republican or Democrat is simply a false binary choice (né: Hegelian dialectic). The parties are controlled by their wealthy donors — those who “vote” with the most dollars have the biggest say. Bipartisanship simply means that large donors to both parties gave money to see a particular law passed or policy implemented. The wealthy are more concerned with policies that benefit them — the best you’ll get out of this contrived binary choice is elite factionalism masquerading as popular democracy…

            This primary concern for policies over party and tepid political personalities partially explains why the establishment hates Trump so much. I can’t say why Trump decided to run for the Presidency in ’16 but, whatever his reasons, he wasn’t supposed to win. My guess is that his candidacy began as a straw-man for Hillary to knockdown as she cruised to victory. Looks like she didn’t tell Trump.

            Whatever the case, I don’t know if Trump is an actual populist, but he campaigns and speaks (and tweets) like one. His appointments, on the other hand, belie that carefully crafted image. Perhaps it’s simply that Trump dared mention foreign policy and “bringing the boys home” from our wars and bases overseas. Or that he was willing to cut off “threat labor” illegally streaming over the southern border. Or that he threatened Obamacare and health insurance profits… Or that his America First and Make America Great Again agenda — bringing U.S. manufacturing back from overseas — threatened corporate and Wall Street profits.

            Trump’s popularity and rhetoric threatened the bipartisan political status quo by giving voice to a large and a growing number of Americans directly and negatively affected by long-term bipartisan policies. Simply put, he rocked the political boat on substantial policy issues, which is what got him both elected and demonized.

            And Biden’s “election”, confirms this, in my opinion. The establishment pulled out all the stops to rub Trump’s, and his supporters, noses in it. Biden’s obvious senility, not to mention corruption, mediocrity and actual racism prove the point — Bernie was the better candidate, but he didn’t send the right message…

            Can you hear me now… Chris Weber

            ***

            I just come because I think its important that great men, once in a while hear from the common man. Chris Weber

            Perhaps “the great man” reads these comments, and perhaps not… But you do. And you are my target audience, not necessarily the great man.

            A few days ago, I posted a proposal to limit political campaign contributions — only natural persons residing within the contested political district could make political contributions to the candidates in the calendar year before the election. Or, in other words, impair the ability of the wealthy to dominate politics using Citizens United, corporate “speech”, and poor USSC precedents.

            So how about more food for thought?

            None of the Above.

            In each election for President, Vice President, Senator and Representative, in any state, a None of the Above choice shall also be placed on the ballot. Should None of the Above receive a plurality of votes, no candidate shall be seated; the election shall be held again in sixty days.

            We’ll never get out of their trap playing their political party game. And it falls to us to change that game.

            …I for one don’t want to be one of the last of the free people so hoping for the best. — Chris Weber

            Amen

            “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” – Frederic Bastiat

        2. I hear you brother. At 54 and still hard at it doing elevators. It’s funny when you run into armchair commandos on the “interwebz” whom try to advise you on your expertise. It’s endemic in our internet based mentality youth/society that have no real skin in the game of ACTUALLY doing things with their hands , and as often with their minds ( LOL ) .
          To wit try and find anyone 18 -30yrs old that has any common sense , any mechanical or electrical ability , let alone a decent work ethic….they just are not out there. Our ‘educational farce” in this country has been thoroughly nullified-comprimised by unionized teachers not held accountable , diversity dumbification at the expense of our youth and any vestige of common sense , government jerrymandering of what is taught and how it’s not. You have to conclude this is on purpose to create a divided nation of sheep ripe for the plucking of a gracious dear leader awaiting in the wings to save the ignorants from themselves. By any definition a despot , of course after they gut the constitution and make goobermint the new god…and we see it now plain as day with very questionable “elections” and fragile “leaders” so senile and stupid that them being elected defies common sense.
          Meanwhile our southern borders are wide open and bring disease along with little desire to assimilate with them. Third world USA anybody ?.

      2. Chris, it’s not hubris. Perhaps you don’t realize it, but others may not realize that job is your profession.

          1. And this is why I don’t waste my time (like I’m kinda doing now trying to drill it into the thicker heads among us) talking to anonymous commenters and trolls. Because they have nothing but time and want nothing more than to drag you down into a tit for tat on the meaning of the words we speak, thus ignoring and sidelining any actual comment or point you were making, like this one wanting to drag me into a debate over what constitutes hubris, as if the photo he’s staring at isn’t clue enough what I do for a living, or the fact as I’ve pointed out two dozen times now to these trolls that I post my actual info not some made up cartoon crap, not to mention they can see I have an actual WordPress account fully linked to my professional website along with all social media pages, …not to mention the Einstein’s could “click” on the account like any WordPress account and see the profile themselves.

            Its a game with them. Argue endlessly over who said what, who meant what, blah blah blah ad nauseum. Its a bore. And a waste of time. I have nothing against anyone personally in here, I’m sure in real life “some” of them are fine people. I’m also sure some of them are paid political commenters, trolls from Russia trying to keep division going, …a few assorted nuts living in their moms basement reading soldier of fortune and waiting for the apocalypse, …and so on. I don’t care. Because if they don’t care enough about their own words to put their own names and profiles on them, then their words as far as I’m concerned mean very little. And one things for sure I’m not going to waste my time in tit for tats with anonymous commenters who can change handles as often as I change socks… wait that’s not a good example… I think these I had on yesterday…but you get the point. Its a fools errand and one for someone with endless time and the desire to argue back and forth endlessly with someone over who said what and what what means. I don’t. I have a day and a half a week of “down time” and maybe a few minutes here and there in the evenings if I am so inclined to log in and look at articles and leave a comment or thought or two. That’s it. Sunday mornings I tend to wax the most talkative, since I’m in my skivvies relaxing in front of the tube watching my animals destroy the house.

            So please don’t bother. I’ve written this same thing a few dozen times, and I know most have seen it because they were high fiving their troll friends who I was saying it too. So don’t bother. I have nothing against anyone in here, I am not interested in arguing with any one I simply make some comments from time to time and usually ignore the trolls and anonymous crowd (not all anonymous posters are trolls, just the ones who “troll” you) and from time to time I may read a comment I think is well stated whether to me or someone else, and “like” it (place a like on it). That’s it. And I don’t like seeing my comments be buried by arguments over what the word “hubris” means or ignoring the bigger point to argue endlessly over the tit for tat nonsense that apparently awards dopamine points to the perceived “winner”.

            My point is simple, and so its not lost on this sidetrack argument, I’ll state it again. And its not a debate topic, its my belief and my conviction and it doesn’t vacillate based on some anonymous posters reasoning or arguments. Its about people owning up to what they say, and not letting the cloud of anonymity drive the constant vitriol, arguing and division that this country has fallen into. I believe we can change that, and improve it, and I believe the change starts with just a handful of people as most change does. It grows.

            And again, its not about who anyone is. I don’t need to know who anyone is. I need to know that what you’re saying means enough to you to put your own name and face on it. Because right now we got about 3 billion “names” online all arguing with each other,

            Its not about knowing who anyone is. Its about knowing that they believe what they are saying means enough to them to put their John Hancock on it, and I think once people start doing that then the fervor will wane and sanity will start to prevail again.

            And its important to add its not about that its “ok because Prof Turley said we could”… I agree with him on that and I expected no less an opinion than one of tolerance for anonymous posting as a natural byproduct of freedom of speech. It must exist for true freedom of speech to exist, or those in fear of retaliation or some kind of penalty imposed by a govt or other body might limit their expression. So of course it must exist and this blog of all would naturally allow it. Its not about whether we can or can’t. Its about whether we should.

            There’s a lot of things we can legally do that we know we ought not to. I believe this is one.

        1. -S.Meyer,
          Shame on us for having and displaying some concern for our fellow man.

          -Weber,
          I was not aware that was your profession.

          I hope you have a happy 61st birthday.

          1. And wow

            My time was just wasted

            He brought up the damn tree.

            Btw…if the last pruning professionals had disenfected their tools ….maybe fewer trees by power lines would rot!

          2. Upstate, you are right—shame on us.

            I don’t look at icons, and without magnification, I can’t see anything. When magnified, all those clouds made me think Chris was trying to make it rain.

            Chris, you had a bad day. My apologies for not being able to see your icon.

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