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The term sexism was coined by feminism after the analogy of racism. It denotes “the social construction of inequality within a society based on the assumed superiority of one sex to the other” (Tolbert, 503). The social pressure to act in accordance with conventional gender roles implies a negative moral assessment of deviant sexual behavior, especially homosexuality, and in the context of patriarchy misogyny that can extend to violence. A sexist perspective ascribes gender differen…

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Körtner, Ulrich H.J., “Sexism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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