….is… bullshit.

…the life of an affluent individual generally proceeds in a linear fashion. We graduate high school, go straight to a four-year university, find a job, marry, raise kids, retire and die. Our lives are meant to follow a typical trajectory, and society looks with askance at any action that veers from this plan.

Feminist writer Elizabeth Freeman uses the term “chrono-normativity” to refer to this notion of how our paths unfold in a timely pattern dictated by the modern-day cultural climate.

Though abiding by chrono-norms can be restrictive, it is important to keep in mind that the clock is entirely a man-made construction. In other words, it’s real only because we make it real; our thoughts and attitudes give form to an abstract fabrication.

(A name, a name, god, they have a name for it. Thanks, Elizabeth Freeman.)



2 thoughts on “Chrononormativity

  1. Terry Lewis November 21, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Society doesn’t look with askance at anyone who veers from this trajectory. That is bullshit – we often applaud those stand out from the crowd


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