Updated: Jun 25, 2018
Please Introduce yourself!
Hi there! I am Phuc Minh Huynh, Table Chief of Table 1: Heterosexism. I am from Vietnam and currently in my second year, studying Management Science and Finance at National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan. Actually, I am transferring to National Taiwan University this September and finishing my Bachelor degree (hopefully) two years later.
I fortunately had the chance to attend ISC63 last year, and it has been the greatest summer ever in my life in all aspects. I was able to discuss and work on the social issue that I am so interested in: Feminization of Poverty. I expanded my horizon with the whole new experience in Japan. I met the most talented students from all around the world. Those are the reasons why I made it here, back to ISC for the second time, so that I have it all once again, and fight to solve another burning social issue: Heterosexism.
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Imagine you were born into a society that you are never a part of.
It is the society where you are marginalized, stigmatized and even criminalized because of your sexual orientation. You are beaten up in the school toilet and the teacher says it is not their fault; it is because of your behaviour. They give you looks and labels, saying that you are sinful, sick and disgusting. They humiliatingly pull down your pants to check if you are a boy or a girl. You have no friends in school. Your parents never talk to you. The society never accepts you as a normal person. You become an outcast with the rights you never have and the discrimination you always face.
This is heterosexism.
It is the discrimination or prejudice against non-heterosexuals on the assumption that heterosexuality is the only norm and therefore superior. While homophobia is unreasoning fear or antipathy towards homosexuals and homosexuality, heterosexism more broadly refers to the deep-rooted system of ideological thoughts and attitudes. It degrades the non-heterosexuals as an excluded group of people, depriving them of various socio-economic opportunities, and even basic human rights. Heterosexism exists everywhere, even in schools where respectful values and attitudes are supposed to be cultivated. We have heard of so many stories where gender-based discriminatory acts took place right in the classrooms. What is even worse is that teachers are also one of the factors leading to those cases. We can never change this whole society if heterosexism is still rooted in educational institutions. Thus, the question is, “How we do eradicate heterosexism in education system?” Upon answering this, we will come up with a concrete proposal to make schools a better place for all, where everyone is included.