childism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

child +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

childism (uncountable)

  1. A prejudice and/or discrimination against the young.
    • 2009 September 29, Libby Brooks, “We must listen to children and young people first”, Guardian:
      To speak of "childism" is to court derision, and conjure a nightmarish totem of the bolshy teen threatening to call ChildLine when his parent or teacher scolds him.
  2. A systemic condition that promotes stereotypes of the young.

References[edit]

  • Young-Bruehl, Elisabeth (2009), Childism — Prejudice Against Children [1]