Internalized Categorism

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Categorism against oneself. The most famous focus being “internalized homophobia”, such as a gay man believing negative stereotypes about himself and hating himself for it.


This facet of categorism is an expression of: prejudice and bigotry, acting on the individual level but fueled by prejudice and bigotry on other levels.

It is likely to intersect with facets such as:

  • Demonization, Infantilization and Kyriarchy: When bad traits gets constructed as associated with the underprivileged or oppressed category of people, these traits sometimes becomes internalized and turned into a destructive identity.