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Scrapped Journal!: Thoughts on Sexism and Sexual Discrimination/ Heteronormativity

I went through all the trouble of writing this weekly journal for Race Psychology and prof decides the day before to notify us it’s scrapped, not due! I didn’t want to waste that time and energy for nothing.

Finishing the Psychology of Prejudice textbook was refreshing. Though the chapters are shorter than Takaki’s, the content was still kind of dense. That was mainly due to all the research and technical terms filling the pages. Other than that, the book got better within the last five or six chapters. It was a boring read, especially compared to Takaki’s book, but it was also very informative. Like one of my classmates said, it would have served better as being assigned first for reading and then Takaki second. 

I liked the issues the text covered on hostile versus ambivalent sexism and sexual prejudice. In our society, ambivalent sexism has become so normalized, we don’t challenge it as much as we should. It is imposed in so many ways and disguised in the form of compliments, and “protecting the weaker sex.” It is also weaponized against women to convince us that conforming to gender roles is in our best interests. I think some modern examples that have persisted for centuries are acting ladylike, asking a woman when she’ll find a man and have kids, and claiming women are too emotional to hold high positions of power. When women defy these stereotypes, hostile sexism is used against them in attempts to shame them back into the status quo. 

As for sexual prejudice, heteronormativity contributes to a lot of hate and aggression. In America, being straight is considered the default sexuality and shames those who defy this “norm.” Heteronormativity affects the LGBTQ community most heavily. Some modern-day examples include the massive discrimination against trans-people and opponents of gay marriage. People are slowly becoming more accepting of people who aren’t heterosexual, but I think strong religious beliefs that isolate people based on their sexuality plays a large role in this. Those religious beliefs sometimes work their way into government policy that continue to disenfranchise and discriminate against LGBTQ people. 


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