Heteronormativity and the development of the Singaporean nation
Heteronormativity, then, underlies the basic tools of social control for the Singaporean government. Heteronormativity is a means to control the population, both in numbers and in the possibilities of the configurations of private spaces. The nuclear family is also one facet of Singapore’s view of modernity, a view that is undoubtedly influenced by transnational images of the modern—and, often, Western—family. Although British roots planted the basis of family control as a conduit to social control, it was the Singaporean government that took that concept to how it manifests today. It is with this background that I then turn to three examples of Singaporean cultural media and examine how they react to this compulsive heteronormativity.