PJ. Henry (New York University) : Sexual Orientation Discrimination as a Special Case of Sex Discrimination

PJ. Henry (New York University) : Sexual Orientation Discrimination as a Special Case of Sex Discrimination

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Date : lundi 27 mai à 14h

Lieu : salle 5028

 

This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether discrimination against the LGBT community, which is not illegal, is a special case of sex discrimination, which is illegal. One major line of reasoning is that discrimination against LGBT individuals is based on their violation of gender role expectations, which dictate that biologically born women should be attracted to men and perform in feminine ways, and biologically born men should be attracted to women and perform in masculine ways. But what does psychological science say about the perceptions and treatment of the LGBT community? Is sexism an important component of these processes? This talk will discuss the current literature, and will showcase three studies that show that gender inequality is related to fewer laws and protections for the LGBT community, (1) cross-nationally, (2) across cities in the United States, and (3) across corporations in the United States, in ways that cannot be explained by conservatism, religiosity, and other plausible alternative explanations.

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