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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.

Heterosexism Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /hɛtərɒ’sɛkˌsɪz(ə)m/
    • British English
      • /hɛtərɒ’sɛksɪz(ə)m/
  • Syllabification: (het·er·o·sex·ism)

Usage Note

  • Plural: heterosexisms

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Heterosexism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “heterosexism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 26, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/heterosexism/).

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 August 26, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/heterosexism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“heterosexism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 26 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/heterosexism/>.