Try dismissing magnetism as indoctrinated nonsense sometime and let me know how you get on.
Now a definition of ‘-ist’ from the OED:Forming personal nouns and some related adjectives.
1 denoting an adherent of a system of beliefs, principles, etc. expressed by nouns ending in -ism:
hedonistCalvinist See -ism (sense 2).
- denoting a person who subscribes to a prejudice or practises discrimination: sexist
2 denoting a member of a profession or business activity: dentist, dramatist, florist
- denoting a person who uses a thing: flautist, motorist
- denoting a person who does something expressed by a verb ending in -ize: plagiarist
The exclusion there is whether something you have, a property of who or what you are, can make you an ‘-ist’.
Now, don’t go deriving an ought from an is. Observing prejudice occurring due to psychological traits is not an approval of it. That’s the ‘appeal to nature’ fallacy. Just because something is natural doesn’t make it good, bad or even neutral. It simply is. I could make the same argument replacing the word ‘racism’ with the word ‘altruism’. An altruist is just as likely to be acting on motives lurking in their evolved cognitive functions as a racist.
What I’m getting at here is the wholesale dismissal of everything with an ‘-ist’ or ‘-ism’ suffix and justifying the rejection of a complex label, comes from ignorance and misunderstanding. It’s possible that ignorance stretches as far as the dictionaries we use to define our labels.
As Korzybski said: ‘the map is not the territory’.
If you dismiss a label based on your own personal interpretation, or the general consensus of what it means, shutting your eyes to the clues to a wider meaning, you conflate that label with what it represents.
If you confuse the definition of a label for the naturally occurring phenomena that we as a scientific species are constantly learning about and redefining, you close doors to your understanding.
If you are a wordsmith with a huge global following you might yet lack the qualifications to discuss the matter of whether a specific trait found in humanity, one that continues to affect so many lives, is “natural” or otherwise.