Definition of Sexism

1. Noun. Discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of the opposite sex.

Generic synonyms: Discrimination, Favoritism, Favouritism
Specialized synonyms: Antifeminism, Chauvinism, Male Chauvinism, Sexual Discrimination
Derivative terms: Sexist

Definition of Sexism

1. Noun. The belief that people of one sex or gender are inherently superior to people of the other sex or gender. ¹

2. Noun. Unfair treatment or discrimination based on a difference of sex or gender. ¹

3. Noun. Disadvantage or unequal opportunity arising from the cultural dominance of one gender over the other. ¹

4. Noun. Promotion or expectation or assumption of people to behave in accordance with or deviate from a gender role. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sexism

1. prejudice or discrimination against women [n -S]

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Literary usage of Sexism

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1. Biological, Social, and Organizational Components of Success for Women in by National Academy of Sciences (U.S., National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine (U.S. (2006)
"—Susan Fiske Fiske and Peter Glick have developed a theory of ambivalent sexism, which is built upon the concepts of hostile and benevolent sexism. ..."

2. Hatred in the Hallways: Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay by Michael Bochenek, A. Widney Brown (2001)
"... that she did not feel safe enough in school to learn and succeed.152 The Relationship Between sexism and Homophobia sexism and homophobia are related. ..."

3. An Investigation of the Enhanced Relationship Between Participants in by Edna Rooth (2000)
"2.2.5 Countering racism, prejudice and sexism Countering racism, ... Strategies to contend with and prevent prejudice, racism and sexism were developed. ..."

4. Understanding HIV/AIDS Stigma: A Theoretical and Methodological Analysisby Harriet Deacon, Inez Stephney, Sandra Prosalendis by Harriet Deacon, Inez Stephney, Sandra Prosalendis (2005)
"Racism, sexism and disability-related prejudice There is a relationship between HIV/AIDS stigma and other forms of prejudice, in the sense that different ..."

5. Theoretical Perspectives on Gender and Development by Jane L. Parpart, Patricia Connelly, Eudine Barriteau (2000)
"l was excited by the idea of talking with so many young black women but surprised when these women suggested that sexism was not a political issue ..."

6. Theoretical Perspectives on Gender and Development by Jane L. Parpart, Patricia Connelly, Eudine Barriteau (2000)
"l was excited by the idea of talking with so many young black women but surprised when these women suggested that sexism was not a political issue of ..."

7. Minutes by Michigan State Board of Education (1878)
"TASK FORCE TO STUDY sexism IN MICHIGAN SCHOOLS - APPOINTMENTS Mr. John Dobbs, Special Assistant to the Superintendent, School and Community Affairs, ..."

8. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"See also sexism 2. s/he, (s)he These conspicuously created forms are among the more ... Times Literary Supp., 4 July 1980 See also sexism 2; THEY, THEIR, ..."

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