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Genderism is the cultural belief that gender is a binary, or that there are, or should be, only two gendersmale and female — and that the aspects of one's gender are inherently linked to the sex in which they were assigned at birth. It can reinforce negative attitudes, bias, and discrimination towards people who display expressions of gender variance or nonconformity and/or whose gender identity is incongruent with their birth sex. Genderism is of particular relevance to individuals who fall within the transgender spectrum, and is the overarching ideology responsible for transphobia and gender bashing. In addition, much like how transphobia is parallel to homophobia, genderism is said to be parallel to heterosexism.[1][2][3][4]

See also


  1. Shirley R. Steinberg (1 April 2009). Diversity and Multiculturalism: A Reader. Peter Lang, 229–230. ISBN 978-1-4331-0345-2. Retrieved on 10 September 2012. 
  2. (1 November 2011) The Lives of Transgender People. Columbia University Press, 89–90. ISBN 978-0-231-51261-9. Retrieved on 10 September 2012. 
  3. Derald Wing Sue (26 July 2010). Microaggressions and Marginality: Manifestation, Dynamics, and Impact. John Wiley & Sons, 224. ISBN 978-0-470-49139-3. Retrieved on 11 September 2012. 
  4. The Psychology Of Prejudice And Discrimination. ABC-CLIO, 2. ISBN 978-0-275-98234-8. Retrieved on 11 September 2012. 

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