The ugly truth about ageism: it’s a prejudice targeting our future selves
Ageism, also spelled agism, is stereotyping and/or discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.
This may be casual or systemic. The term was coined in 1969 by Robert Neil Butler to describe discrimination against seniors, and patterned on sexism and racism.
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Try to look into your own future self. Would you like to be pushed in the corner by society just because of your age?
- Distinction from other age-related bias.
- Ageism in common parlance and age studies usually refers to negative discriminatory practices against old people, and people in their middle years.
- Implicit ageism.
- Government ageism.
- Digital ageism.
- Visual ageism.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older.
An employment policy or practice that applies to everyone, regardless of age, can be illegal if it has a negative impact on applicants or employees age 40 or older and is not based on a reasonable factor other than age (RFOA).