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ˌhɛt ər əˈsɛk sɪz əmhet·ero·sex·ism

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  1. heterosexismnoun

    discrimination in favor of heterosexual and against homosexual people


  1. heterosexismnoun

    The assumption made when relating to others that everyone is heterosexual.

    Etymology: From heterosex(ual) and -ism; modelled on sexism.

  2. heterosexismnoun

    Discrimination against homosexuals, bisexuals and asexuals in favor of heterosexuals.

    Etymology: From heterosex(ual) and -ism; modelled on sexism.


  1. Heterosexism

    Heterosexism is a system of attitudes, bias, and discrimination in favor of opposite-sex sexuality and relationships. It can include the presumption that other people are heterosexual or that opposite-sex attractions and relationships are the only norm and therefore superior. Although heterosexism is defined in the online editions of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language and the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary as anti-gay discrimination and/or prejudice "by heterosexual people" and "by heterosexuals", respectively, people of any sexual orientation can hold such attitudes and bias. Nonetheless, heterosexism as discrimination ranks gays, lesbians, bisexuals and other sexual minorities as second-class citizens with regard to various legal and civil rights, economic opportunities, and social equality in many of the world’s jurisdictions and societies. Heterosexism is often related to homophobia. The LGBT rights movement works towards ending heterosexist discrimination.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heterosexism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heterosexism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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