Sextism

This entry was written by Jason Koutoufaris-Malandrinos.
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Anyone would expect that this word would denote the use of sexist language during sexting. And yet Robert L. Holmes coined it to describe the convictions of a sextist, that is a person “who believes in the innate superiority of one sex over the other” without “necessarily support[ing] discrimination on that basis”.[1] The coiner uses sextism as an ad hoc term, “defined specifically for this text”.[2]

Notes

  1. Robert L. Holmes, Introduction to Applied Ethics, Bloomsbury, London and Oxford, 2018, p. 57.
  2. Ibid., p. 512.