Monday, April 1, 2013

Identifying the Problem: Prejudices

I wanted a checklist to look over periodically to check my cultural biases, so I'm making a list (and you can help me check it twice).

What is a prejudice?

A prejudice is a preconceived opinion which is not based on reason or experience. All prejudices are based on errors of fact and/or logic. If a property of some class is valid and the consequent is sound and it doesn't make or imply a value judgement based on these properties, then it isn't a prejudice.

This is NOT ranked or ordered, but here are some of the predominate types of prejudice I was able to identify. Please feel free to point out more in comments!
  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Gender-identity, sexuality, intersex (including LGBTQ*)
  • Religious discrimination (including against those who choose not to have a religion (especially in the military) and minority religions)
  • Ableism (discrimination against the disabled)
  • Mental Illness / Neurotypicalism (multifaceted)
  • Intelligence (people across the spectrum suffer discrimination & bullying)
  • Appearance (height, weight, looks, dress)
  • Linguistic discrimination
  • Ageism
  • Classism/socioeconomic discrimination
  • Nationalism
  • Rape, Abuse, & Violence stigma
  • Political discrimination
  • Discrimination against former felons
  • Prohibitionist prejudices (assuming that all people who wish to explore altered states of consciousness are 'drug fiends', etc)

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