from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Discrimination or prejudice against lesbians or gay men by heterosexual people.
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- n. The assumption made when relating to others that everyone is heterosexual.
- n. Discrimination against homosexuals, bisexuals and asexuals in favor of heterosexuals.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. discrimination in favor of heterosexual and against homosexual people
What is significant in the term heterosexism is the fact that it describes discrimination and/or violence perpetrated by heterosexuals against those perceived to be in deviation from heterosexual norms.
I titled my address, "Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price," based on the notion that homophobia -- sometimes referred to as "heterosexism" prejudice and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people is pervasive throughout society and each of us, irrespective of sexual or gender identity and expression, is at risk of its harmful effects on many levels.
The word heterosexism has also been proposed to mean essentially the same thing. [
The sexual minority cultures represent a sub-demographic of the "gay community" at large, as the concept includes several conceptual and empirical problems, such as heterosexism, homophobia, sex-negativity, and conformist pressures.
I barfed at "heterosexism," couldn't go beyond that.
Dean: Straight people thinking they're better than gays is "heterosexism".
Jennings has stated that if you express the belief that homosexuality is "psychologically, spiritually, or morally wrong" you are engaging in "heterosexism" which is a "prejudice" just like "racism, anti-Semitism, and sexism."
LGBT community, it might be more accurate to locate its sources in "heterosexism" or
Jennings is one mixed up nut: he believes that many in society are guilty of "heterosexism" because "we're all raised to see heterosexuality as kind of the norm" ( "Teaching Respect for All" video).
Farrow points out the fact that, in rejecting "heterosexism," "the Government of Quebec has rejected heterosexuality as a social norm!" and he says that it is there where "the full scope of this absurd war begin [s] to appear."