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Disclogo1.svg Discrimination within sociology is the prejudicial treatment of an individual based on their membership in a certain group or category. Examples of categories on which discrimination is seen include race and ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, weight, disability, employment circumstances, and age.


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Lesbophobia is a term which describes prejudice, discrimination, harassment or abuse, either specifically targeting a lesbian woman, based on her lesbian identity, or, more generally, targeting lesbians as a class. It has also been defined as including "the fear that women have of loving other women, as well as the fear that men have of women not loving them."

Some lesbians use the more general term homophobia to describe this sort of prejudice or behavior, but others believe that the terms homosexual and homophobia do not adequately reflect the specific concerns of lesbians. In particular, some lesbians argue that they experience the double discrimination of both classic homophobia and sexism. The term lesbophobia then distinguishes lesbian-specific discrimination from the male gay experience.

One stereotype that has been identified as lesbophobic is the notion that female athletes are predominantly lesbians. Lesbophobia can also be found among gay men, manifest in the perceived subordination of lesbian issues in the campaign for gay rights


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Cover of the June 13, 1913[1] issue of The Suffragette, a British women's suffrage newsletter. The cover shows an etching of feminist activist Emily Wilding Davison, who was trampled to death the week before while crossing the track of the Epsom Derby in what was either a publicity stunt or a suicide.

Suffragette was the second official paper of the Women's Social and Political Union, edited by WSPU founder Christabel Pankhurst. It replaced the paper Votes for Women when the WSPU became more militant in 1912.

Certain classes of women gained the right to vote in the UK in 1918, and universal suffrage was granted in 1925.

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