Talk:Heterosexism

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Neutral Language[edit]

CJ, as you seem to be a major editor on this page, can you offer more neutral language for this section?

Creating parallel institutions to marriage, such civil unions, or opening them to gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals only as stopgap measures to avoid granting same-sex couples the privileges, protection, respect, and symbolism that only a legally and socially accepted marriage can confer.

Is there an opposite term, an antonym?[edit]

In defining a term, it is often helpful to show the antonym. Is there a word that would be understood as being opposite to "heterosexism"? Pete unseth (talk) 00:10, 30 December 2015 (UTC)

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Not neutral[edit]

According to the text, this: "The institution of opposite-sex marriage and reserving the right to marry strictly for opposite-sex couples via explicit definitions... is DISCRIMINATORY.

We should not forget that the institution of marriage is a polemic issue. Thus, it is open to discussion. Wikipedia's purpose is to bring accurate and objective facts, not opinions. Classifying "The institution of opposite-sex marriage" as discriminatory is not objective nor accurate. Let's be polite and responsible and avoid biased comments, because Wikipedia is not a forum. Thank you --Commander Aletheia (talk) 00:55, 31 August 2017 (UTC)

It occurs to me that there are several ways to respond to this post. One would be to point out that there's no such thing as an accurate fact. Another would be to note that you're wrong about Wikipedia's purpose, which includes presenting a range of noteworthy opinions on various topics. And another would be to note that the content you're objecting to is reliably sourced—a detail that doesn't necessarily negate what you've said but certainly would need to be addressed before taking your argument seriously. Yet another would be to ask who you're a sockpuppet of, since instances of brand-new editors quoting policy and getting piped links right on their first try occur with roughly the same frequency as hens' teeth. (AGF is not a suicide pact, but you know that, right?) Here's the way I'll choose to respond:
That an issue is still polemical in some quarters doesn't mean that it doesn't involve discrimination. Sad to say, many forms of discrimination are demonstrably extant in the world; sadder still, there is no lack of people who choose to continue to defend them. Sometimes such people couch those defenses in neutral-sounding language, but their agenda still shows through. I will concede that the wording here might be tweaked to better differentiate the "institution of opposite-sex marriage" from efforts to prevent non-heterosexual persons from enjoying the advantages that the institution of marriage itself can confer. RivertorchFIREWATER 15:44, 31 August 2017 (UTC)

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Use of not authoritative sources[edit]

The use of online editions of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language and the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary are hardly an authoritative source and the entire use of the term heterosexism is spurious. The article might be improved by using actual scientific research, either sociological and/or psychological. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aristotele1982 (talkcontribs)