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Sexism, also known as gender discrimination or sex discrimination, is defined as prejudice or discrimination based on sex or gender; or conditions or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex.[1] Sexist attitudes are frequently based on beliefs in traditional stereotypes of gender roles. Sexism is not just a matter of individual attitudes, but is built into many societal institutions.[2] The term sexism is most often used in relation to discrimination against women,[3][4][5][6][7].

Sexism involves hatred of, or prejudice towards, a gender as a whole or the application of gender stereotypes. Sexism is often associated with gender supremacy arguments.[8]


1 Generalization and partition

2 Gender stereotypes

3 In language

3.1 Sexist and gender-neutral language

3.2 Anthropological linguistics and gender-specific language

3.3 Gender-specific pejorative terms

3.3.1 Transgender

4 Relationship between rape and misogyny

5 Occupational sexism

5.1 Gender stereotypes

5.2 Wage gap

5.3 Glass ceiling

6 Objectification

6.1 Pornography

7 Historical examples of gender discrimination

7.1 Coverture

7.2 Gender discrimination in voting and political candidacy

7.3 Other

8 Examples

8.1 Domestic violence

8.2 Hate-motivated sexual assault

8.3 Education

8.4 Military service

8.5 War rape

8.6 Sexual slavery

8.7 Sex-selective abortion

8.8 Transphobia

9 Antisexism movements

10 See also

11 Further reading

12 References

13 External links

Generalization and partition

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