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Making something "forbidden". As a facet of categorism, it is an intersection of Incomprehensibilization with Invisibilization and/or Demonization. Can be an effect of Sacralization.


This facet of categorism is an expression of: prejudice, bigotry and discrimination.

It is likely to intersect with facets such as the ones mentioned above.

As well as with abstractions such as:

Examples of applying this facet to a particular foci of categorism can include:

  • Misogyny: Making women "forbidden", keeping them secluded from society.
  • Homophobia: Constructing homosexuality as something unmentionable, "the love that dares not speak its name".

in example texts

  • A frivolous arrest: Especially against sex work, but also against public displays of affection.