When reading Wallace and Alexander’s “Queer Rhetorical Agency: Questioning Narratives of Heteronormativity” several things were making their way through my mind. One was of my cousin, who came out of the closet in his twenties. Our family was very resistant to this as a whole, and I wonder to what extent he still struggles with and must combat heteronormativity in everyday relationships. The second was of a student I had in the fall of 2016. One morning in English I, I presented them with a writing warm up which asked them what they would prioritize if they were president of the United States. With the upcoming election, it seemed relevant and discussion worthy. Much to my surprise, one student, who I’ll call Dave (not his name), wrote that the first thing he would do if he were president is abolish gay marriage. He went on to describe what an abhorrence gay people were to him and how he would outlaw their practices if he could. Wallace’s student in “Queer Rhetorical Agency” expressed a similar viewpoint. Amazingly, Wallace takes a step back and makes an effort to analyze why the student would feel comfortable expressing such a view. His conclusion is that the student had been so saturated with heteronormative rhetoric that they assumed that their statements would be accepted without challenge; moreover, that there would be no one in his audience that could possibly take offense to their remarks. Wallace does something beautiful when he decides to “out” himself to the student, who deletes that section of their paper without comment. I applaud him. It also left me wondering, what is the BEST response I can have as a heterosexual composition teacher to such insidious remarks?