Differences Between Ableism And Heterosexism

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How Ableism and Heterosexism Compare
Ableism is discrimination towards individuals who have disabilities. Heterosexism is used as prejudice against homosexuality. Addressing similarities and differences of ableism and heterosexism in ways such as individuals who are criticized by society, challenges individuals have to face, and identifying. Differences both isms have are what challenges each ism faces. The similarities of each ism is how they are viewed by society, and identify ones ism while around others. Tamara Valentine address the similarities and differences about ableism and heterosexism, such as how society views people with ableism and heterosexism individuals, the challenges that each ism goes through, and ways in which people with isms fight against others in the book Language and Prejudice.
Ableism individuals are criticized by society such as being in a wheelchair or being a crippled. Nancy Mair states, that “Society is no readier to accepted crippleness then to accepted death” (231). This is saying that society basically accepts deaths but cannot accepted people who are disabled. The heterosexism language that is often used is the word “queer” by individuals who have hatred against heterosexism people. Lillian Faderman a feminist and professor says, “In 1910 the term queer was referred to sexually degenerate towards men or boys” (170). It shows how men who were gay had always been criticized by our society; however, women were also treated differently if they were a lesbian. Women were insulted by the word “dyke”. It was meant to be used as an “umbrella term towards women who were lesbian”(Faderman 170).
People who had ableism had to face challenges, such as a learning disability, being derogatory, or having a hearing disorder. In the classroom many students may struggle with a learning disability. It can affect how an individual learns and being able to understand information. When people think of a disability they may believe it is known as a derogatory rather than a learning or hearing disorder. Some things that derogatory individuals struggle with can be in ways like not being able to walk, or being in a wheelchair, which can make life difficult and a lot easier to give up on life.

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