Adam's homophobia

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For example, lets say that a man named Adam deeply dislike people he consider to be “homosexual”. Adam has (A) a lot to say about how filthy and disgusting he consider “that kind of people” to be, and (B) about how sexuality is “meant” for procreation. He's always (C) talking about gay people as “them”, always taking for granted that the people he talks with are heterosexual – the “us” that isn't “them”. He assume that everyone is heterosexual, unless they do sexual activities in public with people of the same gender – and he has a very negative view of anyone who would have sex in public. Of Adam's coworkers, Beatrice has a girlfriend and consider herself a lesbian. But she (D) doesn't dare to out herself or otherwise stand up to Adam, and is thus assumed to be heterosexual. Meanwhile, Adam often (E) accuse another coworker named Cedric of being “gay” or “a faggot”, refusing to hang out with him and thus making it impossible for Cedric to join social activities with any group of coworkers that contain Adam or any of his friends. This is in spite of Cedric only being attracted to women, and (F) often pointing this out.


This example is an example of several facets of categorism:

Thus, this simple situation contains at least ten identifiable facets of categorism: Stigmatization, unchecked aversion, invisibilization, incomprehensibilization, othering, demonization, categorist slurs marginalization.

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