Racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination don’t look the way they used to. Today it’s more about giving a leg up to people who are similar to you than trying to hurt people who are different, according to a review published in the American Psychologist.

Instead of hostile acts like using racial slurs, keeping people out of certain jobs, or denying housing to certain races, the majority of of discrimination is caused by giving favorable treatment to someone who shares your characteristics, the researchers found. They analyzed 50 years of experiments and surveys on discrimination and found that “in-group favoritism” is a more significant source of discrimination than inflicting harm on people who aren’t like you. The characteristics that can make someone feel like part of your “ingroup” could be age, race, sex, religion or even occupation, neighborhood, and educational background.

Rest: ThinkProgress.

Really? I invite you to share this new categorisation with the people who experience overt and casual sexism, racism, misogyny etc. every day. One reading of this new construction is that it is based on very middle-class understandings of *ism and discrimination (i.e. based predominately in a competitive workplace).

Racism And Sexism Look Different Than You Think