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Discrimination

Disclogo1.png Discrimination is the practice of treating people differently on the basis of distinctions made without regard to individual merit. Examples of categories on which social discrimination is seen include race, religion, gender, weight, disability, ethnicity, height, employment circumstances, sexual orientation and age.

In some societies, including most developed countries, each individual's civil rights include the right to be free from government sponsored social discrimination.

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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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San Francisco Examiner headlines announce the upcoming "ouster" of "Japs" from California in 1942. The newspaper refers to the program of Japanese American internment undertaken by the United States during World War II.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan in 1941, the U.S. government led by President Franklin Roosevelt, under the authority granted by the Alien Enemies Act of 1798, issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the United States military to evacuate all persons of Japanese descent from the West Coast of the United States (specifically an area known as Military Area No. 1). Those Japanese so removed from this area were relocated to internment camps.

To a smaller extent, Italian Americans and German Americans were also interned during World War II. Likewise, in Canada, the War Measures Act was used to authorize a program of Japanese Canadian internment.

The Executive Order authorizing these internments in the U.S. would not be officially rescinded until 1976, although all actual internment ended in 1945.

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