Ageism involves a cruel irony. White racists never become black and male chauvinists do not become women, but those who hold ageist views must necessarily grow old and, by so doing, fall victim of their own prejudices (Comfort, 1976, p. 4). Ageism, unlike racism and sexism is universal in its discriminations. Young people are also victims of ageism but their experience of the injustices of childhood and adolescence do not necessarily mitigate against later adult prejudicial attitudes towards young people.
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