Assertions that normal people are white, able bodied, young, middle class, heterosexual, male and Christian are often endemic in so-called western societies. This results in subtle or declared barriers that affect/disadvantage people on the grounds of prejudice against anyone outside the ‘norm’ (with regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, age, religion and belief, class and/or disability).

Any disadvantage accrued by those ‘outside the norm’ is blamed on the person the ‘normal’ people see as ‘different’, that is, different from them or not ‘normal’.

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