Sexism refers to prejudice,
stereotyping or discrimination, usually against women, on the basis of sex.
Heterosexism refers to the assumed primacy,
supremacy and normalization of heterosexuality and the resulting attitudes,
bias and discrimination.
Hetero/sexism is often used to represent the
extent to which heterosexism simultaneously encodes binary gender, unequal
relations of gender, naturalised notions of male superiority and female
inferiority as well as homophobia. It calls attention to the interconnections
between and among a binary and unequal understanding of gender,
heteronormativity, misogyny and homo- and transphobia.
Human Services and Social Security, Jennifer Webster recently told the women of
Guyana that they needed to ‘forgive and forget’ Attorney General Anil
Nandlall for his derogatory language towards a young female reporter. Nandlall was heard on
tape calling the journalist a ‘thing’ and trying to convince another man to
procure her for his uncle to have sex with (what the young woman might have
thought or wanted was never considered by the Attorney General). Although there
were multiple and sustained calls for his resignation, Nandlall received no
sanction from his superiors in government and continues to hold the top post in
the judiciary of Guyana. In her most recent defense of Mr. Nandlall, Minister
Webster stated that- “In life, many of us do things,” and “If you are a
Christian, you have to forgive and forget.
Portia Simpson Miller’s doublespeak:
"Nobody never hears the
Government of Jamaica beating up gays; not one. Let me tell you something; you
want to disturb, you can disturb, but this woman come here with the blood of
Nanny of the Maroons and the spirit of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, and this woman is
not afraid of no man, nowhere, anywhere, and I will speak the truth everywhere."