09 March 2009

Label for Life

We've all heard of racism, sexism, ageism, speciesism (speciesism is illogical), etc.

I've been trying to come up for a label for those who discriminate based on a person's stage of development (those still not born after conception). The best I came up with until today was developmentism. It just doesn't work.

Then, today, it came to me: stageism (not stagism; hard "g").

What do you think? Do you have any better ideas? (I think it should be one word, preferably three syllables.)


  1. Thanks for your suggestion.

    I believe the label should be of a description of the human person, not of a particular stage of development. In other words, embrysm (derived from the noun) wouldn't really work for a fetus or zygote (etc.), but a descriptor (derived from the adjective) such as stageism (stage of development across the entire human person's life) would probably work better.


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