sexism

noun
sex·​ism | \ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm \

Definition of sexism 

1 : prejudice or discrimination based on sex especially : discrimination against women

2 : behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex

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Other Words from sexism

sexist \ ˈsek-​sist \ adjective or noun

Examples of sexism in a Sentence

the problem of sexism in language

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Williams, who is no stranger to sexism in the tennis world, eventually lost the winning title to newcomer Naomi Osaka on Saturday. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Women's Tennis Association Backs Serena Williams Over That Sexist U.S. Open Penalty," 10 Sep. 2018 This entitlement to always be catered to and be the most important people in the room even when others are be excluded and hurt is the root cause for sexism in our community. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Two Riot Games employees depart after defending a women-only PAX West event to League players," 7 Sep. 2018 But to many women in the industry, these measures sidestep the deep structural problems that have allowed decades of sexism and abuse within the United Nations to continue. New York Times, "U.N. Cases Read Like ‘Manual in How Not to Investigate’ Sexual Assault," 29 June 2018 The lifting of the driving ban quashes one of the most enduring symbols of sexism and inequality in Saudi Arabia, and has widely been hailed as a major step forward for women’s rights in the country. Aryn Baker / Riyadh, Time, "We Took a Ride With Saudi Arabia's First Women Taxi Drivers," 25 June 2018 Critics attacked, blasting the show for trafficking in exploitation, sexism and transphobia. Kyle Swenson, chicagotribune.com, "Jerry Springer changed TV forever. After 27 seasons, his daytime talk circus may be over.," 20 June 2018 According to a thorough account by Recode’s Johana Bhuiyan last year, Kalanick believed the HR division was there largely to recruit and fire talent, not manage interoffice grievances or allegations of sexism and harassment. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber senior executive resigns after racial discrimination allegations," 11 July 2018 Some might call such thinking retro-sexism, reinforcing old stereotypes about women even as the films seek to lampoon them. April Wolfe, chicagotribune.com, "The tortured history of action-film heroines and their high heels ('Jurassic World,' anyone?)," 22 June 2018 Your daily dose of Hollywood sexism comes from the collective word of pop group Haim. refinery29.com, "Haim Fired Their Agent After A Male Artist Was Paid 10 Times More Than Them," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of sexism

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sexism

sex entry 1 + -ism (as in racism)

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sexism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sexism

: unfair treatment of people because of their sex; especially : unfair treatment of women

sexism

noun
sex·​ism | \ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm \

Kids Definition of sexism

: distinction and especially unjust distinction based on gender and made against one person or group (as women) in favor of another

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