Reducing a person to a certain function, behavior, or identity, making them an object rather than a subject. Not about having a limited interaction with a person, but about having a discourse or behavior signifying that this limited interaction is all that the other person is.
This includes the concepts of “singular identity” and “depersonalization”. As well as “objectification” – sexual or otherwise.
When applied to a category of human beings, this is a facet of categorism.
It is likely to intersect with facets such as:
- Dehumanization: Treating the reduced as tools, not people.
- Scapegoating: Reducing the target to a role as source of misery.
As well as with abstractions such as:
- Categorization by emotional bias: Those individuals you happen to know doesn't count.
Examples of applying this facet to a particular foci of categorism can include:
- Misogyny: The idea that women exist to be used for sex.
Reduction in example texts
- Adam's homophobia: Adam reducing gay people to sexual acts and assume almost everyone to be heterosexual – gays who don't misbehave doesn't count as “gay” to him.