Heterosexism - The false assumption that everyone is or should be heterosexual because it is assumed to be the only acceptable and viable life option; this assumption often leads to discrimination based on sexual orientation; a form of homophobia.
prejudiced belief in the social/sexual/moral superiority of heterosexuals or heterosexual attraction over non-heterosexals or same-sex attraction.
one's actions or attitude as a reflection of such a prejudice.
justin took the brunt of his peers' heterosexism throughout high school.
A discriminative attitude grounded on the sexual orientation criteria, and more specifically -our society being still what it is- a discriminative attitude towards gays and lesbians.
The heterosexism of certain definitions of the Urban Dictionnary really scares the shit out of me.
An extreme or irrational aversion and discrimination against homosexuals which often leads to hate or even violence; homophobia
, which is used incorrectly by many people, is almost always referring to heterosexism
"His heterosexism caused him to hate and discriminate against homosexual individuals."
"Many on the religious right are heterosexists."
Heterosexism is a term currently being passed around by liberal, intelligentsia wannabes who subscribe to the current "gay agenda", used in an attempt to rhetorically link the plight of those poor "oppressed" homos with the very real and pressing past and current struggles against racism and sexism. People who view the active practice of homosexuality as being morally, religiously, or socially unacceptable are likely to be labeled as heterosexist. This differs from homophobia in that, rather than fearing homosexuality, a 'heterosexist' will simply view heterosexuality as being the social, cultural, moral, and/or religious norm.
"Only heterosexists would protest the hanging of rainbow-colored 'acceptance' flags over dorm entrances."
"That militant femnazi dyke in sociology class accused me of heterosexism today."