Definition of Heterosexism
(noun) Actions and behaviors which institutionalize or reify opposite-sex attraction as the only legitimate and “normal” sexual relation, at the expense of all others.
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˌhɛdəroʊˈsɛkˌsɪz(ə)m/
- British English – /ˌhɛt(ə)rə(ʊ)ˈsɛksɪz(ə)m/
- Plural: heterosexisms
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APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
heterosexism. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/heterosexism/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “heterosexism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/heterosexism/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“heterosexism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 28 Nov. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/heterosexism/>.