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sexism

[sek-siz-uh m] /ˈsɛk sɪz əm/
noun
1.
attitudes or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of sexual roles.
2.
discrimination or devaluation based on a person's sex, as in restricted job opportunities; especially, such discrimination directed against women.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; sex + -ism, on the model of racism
Related forms
antisexism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sexism

sexism

/ˈsɛksɪzəm/
noun
1.
discrimination on the basis of sex, esp the oppression of women by men
Derived Forms
sexist, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from sex + -ism, on the model of racism
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Word Origin and History for sexism
n.

1968; see sexist + -ism.

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sexism in Culture

sexism definition


The belief that one sex (usually the male) is naturally superior to the other and should dominate most important areas of political, economic, and social life. Sexist discrimination in the United States in the past has denied opportunities to women in many spheres of activity. Many allege that it still does. (See also affirmative action, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, glass ceiling, and National Organization for Women.)

sexism definition


The belief that one sex (usually the male) is naturally superior to the other and should dominate most important areas of political, economic, and social life.

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