This is something I've been pondering seriously and trying to work into my writing, and I've definitely been inspired by the X men series, as well as the Deus Ex series.
This is something I was thinking of in the context of writing science fiction that deals with those kinds of themes. This occurred to me; might it take some time for common people and mainstream to simply acknowledge discrimination issues that do not have to do with race, ethnicity, sex, or sexual orientation?
How would the response to them realistically compare?
While writing, I thought of this question thinking about that time that an X men poster showed Apocalypse strangling Mystique, and someone said that it promoted violence against women.
Now obviously that was silly and it was criticized by some people because Apocalypse was a bad guy, so.
But the part that bothers me is the fact that someone could possibly see something like that from a gender perspective, rather than a species perspective.
Mystique is supposed to be able to shapeshift and change form, so either she's not a woman or it shouldn't matter as much as violence against mutants, right?
It's a more significant physical characteristic for someone to be superpowered than for them to be female.
But that made me wonder, if in a future world various enhanced humans exist, might those differences distract from things like racism/sexism, or simply add onto and amplify them? I imagine that the thing about racism is that it's a long time issue, so people with green skin don't have any of the culture associated with black people for people to use to discriminate against them, so maybe it would be some other perceived problem.
Perhaps they'd be considered gross and slimy like some racists might act like people with dark skin are dirty?
It's a hypothetical question of course, but I'm curious about opinions on this matter, since I've been trying to represent this kind of thing in a realistic matter.