bi·​na·​rism | \ ˈbī-nə-ˌriz-əm How to pronounce binarism (audio) \

Definition of binarism

: a mode of thought predicated on seemingly stable oppositions (such as good and evil or male and female) that is seen in post-structuralist analysis as an inadequate approach to areas of difference also : a specific dichotomy subscribed to or reinforced in such thought the binarism of West and East

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Recent Examples on the Web The School of the Art Institute (230 S. Columbus) hosts a discussion with Vaid-Menon about their eclectic style, political comedy, and gender binarism. Rachel Yang, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This Artist Alok Vaid-Menon and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week," 12 Mar. 2018 In short, gender is ever-present in language, leading to a very high awareness of gender binarism. Madhvi Ramani, Smithsonian, "Will a New Law Forever Change the German Language?," 28 Feb. 2018 But that analysis ignores the wild cards of Opress and Asajj Ventress, who also partake in that throwdown and complicate the good-bad binarism for The Clone Wars’ possibly final fifth season, arriving this fall. Scott Thill, WIRED, "Rebooted Darth Maul Closes Down The Clone Wars," 15 Mar. 2012

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First Known Use of binarism

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for binarism

French binarisme

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“Binarism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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