het·​ero·​sex·​ism | \ ˌhe-tə-rō-ˈsek-si-zəm How to pronounce heterosexism (audio) \

Definition of heterosexism

: discrimination or prejudice against non-heterosexual people based on the belief that heterosexuality is the only normal and natural expression of sexuality

Other Words from heterosexism

heterosexist \ ˌhe-​tə-​rō-​ˈsek-​sist How to pronounce heterosexism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of heterosexism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The elephants in the room, namely, heterosexism and homophobia, and how these cultural systems relate to ... the abuse of ministerial power must be dismantled for the sake of all. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, 28 Aug. 2018 Heterosexism: A system of oppression that considers heterosexuality the norm and discriminates against people who display non-heterosexual behaviors and identities. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of heterosexism

1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Heterosexism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterosexism. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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