Definition of heterosexism in English:



mass noun
  • Discrimination or prejudice against homosexuals on the assumption that heterosexuality is the normal sexual orientation.

    ‘issues of sexism and heterosexism’
    • ‘Further, they should assist adolescents in recognizing other societal messages that are oppressive based on racism, sexism, ageism, and/or heterosexism.’
    • ‘Racism (along with sexism, heterosexism, and all the other isms) is seldom overt.’
    • ‘The book is a collection of self-reflective essays that focus on the impact of personal and institutional sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism and ethnocentrism on the 12 women.’
    • ‘We strive to eliminate sexism, ageism, heterosexism and other forms of discrimination from our lives.’
    • ‘They may grudgingly grant the systematic nature of inequality, but to them, racism, sexism, and heterosexism are still bad attitudes held by bad people.’
    • ‘Brown provides a particularly useful discussion of the impact of homophobia and heterosexism on gay and lesbian couples.’
    • ‘Psychopathological assumptions about gays persist despite these findings, and heterosexism continues to provide an invisible subtext to much therapeutic work.’
    • ‘More recently, the feminist critique, which originally centered on gender equity, has been expanded and joined by others critiquing racism, classism, heterosexism, nationalism, and so on.’
    • ‘If we want to eliminate racism, sexism, heterosexism and other negative ‘isms,’ we need to take responsibility for the context of the words we use.’
    • ‘The institutionalized homophobia, heterosexism, sexism and racism of medical institutions make it unsafe for us when we are ill, to chance coming out, and difficult to get the support we need when we don't.’
    • ‘Anarchists are opposed to the use of force, coercion, authority and hierarchy, so it follows that an anarchist society would be free from sexism and heterosexism and racism and other isms.’
    • ‘However, the majority of health issues are a direct result of homophobia, heterosexism and social exclusion in society.’
    • ‘Just as homophobia, heterosexism, and invisibility can obstruct lesbians' access to health care, they can also inhibit research on queer women's health issues.’
    • ‘This occurs not only for the gay and lesbian youths themselves but also for those who care about them and have been misinformed through their own exposure to heterosexism and homophobia.’
    • ‘As the authors themselves note, however, their text is limited in addressing how class and economic issues intersect with racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, ageism, and able-ism.’
    • ‘The CSHP provides an appropriate model for a school or district-wide health promotion program to create a safe and supportive environment free of violence, heterosexism, and homophobia.’
    • ‘Patriarchy, sexism, heterosexism and globalization are all root causes of this particular form of exploitation.’
    • ‘Only relatively recently did the social scientific and therapeutic communities begin to utilize the concepts of homophobia and heterosexism to portray the discrimination faced by gay people.’
    • ‘How do sexism, heterosexism and homophobia work together to constrain sexuality and gender and to punish transgression of these categories?’
    • ‘We're here to educate about homophobia and heterosexism, provide support to students by students, and hold educational and social events.’
    prejudice, partiality, partisanship, favouritism, unfairness, one-sidedness
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