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Cite this page: Jason Koutoufaris-Malandrinos, “Sextism”, Archiopedia / Αρχειοπαίδεια (April 2020), p. 9 (revision #-), ISSN 2732-6012. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4674262.

Anyone would expect that this word would denote the use of sexist language during sexting. And yet Robert L. Holmes coined it to describe the convictions of a sextist, that is a person “who believes in the innate superiority of one sex over the other” without “necessarily support[ing] discrimination on that basis”.[1] The coiner uses sextism as an ad hoc term, “defined specifically for this text”.[2]


  1. Robert L. Holmes, Introduction to Applied Ethics, Bloomsbury, London and Oxford, 2018, p. 57.
  2. Ibid., p. 512.