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Hannah Swan

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Transcript of Stereotypes...

Not that we mean to, but just by stereotyping one person, our brains have built an entire opinion data base on that person. This can be as simple as whether we consider that person an enemy or and friend. Back to the beginning of time, the first humans, no matter your religious beliefs, we relied on animal instincts, fixing our eyes on our prey and being aware of our predators. We have come to a point that it's as simple as what you wear or how smart you are or what you like that defines everything that you are.
Judgment day is here b*tches
Welcome to your high school cafeteria
High School...
It was something we looked forward to, something we dreaded, something we were far from sure about. All of a sudden our friend groups were five times as big and so there were all the more people to impress. Whether you deny it or not, we judged everyone that ever walked through that door. What and why did we think what we did? What makes us categorize a 'jock' or a 'prep' or a 'nerd' before we have even met them? all in all, what is a high schooler's view on stereotyping? Thought I'd give this a look..
Over two days I took a survey asking 140 (# of replications) sophomores (70 girls, 70 guys at random) of MSHS to answer 7 questions anonymously on their views of stereotypes. I passed out the survey individually and asked the students to keep their opinions as they answered the questions to themselves. I would analyze the data comparing boys to girls, as well as girls to girls and boys to boys. I would calculate by percentages out of 70 for genders and 140 for total surveyors.
Just to be polite, Ladies first!
Through out this presentation are multiple talking bubbles full of tweets and posts from REAL people about REAL stereotyping.
I had no data of the effects of social media movies, tv shows and so on, however; this is just a small sample showing stereotyping is everywhere. its not just in the hallways of middle school or high school, people stereotype race and sexuality, wealth and art. the 'average american family' is just another example supposedly consisting of a white picket fence, family of 4, living in suburbia. their SOn plays football, daughter in ballet, its shocking that we as a society have everything categorized down to the wire.
Maybe you haven't heard about it, maybe you have but this is a true story about (what I think is) the ultimate science stereotype experiment. A senior named Gaby Rodriguez faked her pregnancy to prove stereotypes are everywhere and what it's like to live beneath and beyond them. A movie was later made about her when teachers, students and people all over the world found her story so inspiring. I hoped to give the same effect, not to the extent but give the same message by continuing my investigation.
The survey
{from a Moral Analysis on Stereotypes By Lawrence Blum}
"For example, Jim might form a stereotype of
Finnish-Americans as dishonest, perhaps based on some experience he has had with a few Finnish-Americans. Jim's image of Finnish-Americans as dishonest functions as a stereotype for him. He assumes that Finnish Americans will be dishonest, and he applies this assumption to Finnish Americans whom he meets or hears about. When he· encounters a Finnish American who appears to be honest, he either does not accept this appearance, or allows exceptions to his image of Finnish-Americans without changing his basic personal image of Finnish-Americans as dishonest. He expects Finnish-Americans to be dishonest."

The idea of stereotype was introduced to the English in the 20th century; giving us the classics and the new revelations as well as our everyday drama within high school.
Mean Girls
Exactly how Jim judged and stereotyped Finnish Americans, we (as students) have the largest tendency to judge other students; many of times without even knowing them. Just like that first day of school, we automatically took in every person that walked through those doors and catigorized them with others, not just for how they looked but how they talked, the things they said, who they talked to and so on. Just to see how much we judge and stereotype, I conducted this investigation of the following.
Unlike Hollywood versions of stereotyping, rumors, judgment, etc; it didn't always start out that way by categorizing people by their talents and faults. It began as a cultural categorization. Examples would include the following:
Jews > greedy and scholarly.
Blacks > violent, musical, lazy, and athletic.
Women > emotional, nurturant, but irrational.
Asians as good at math, hardworking and the 'model minority.'
English as snooty, preppy and prideful. etc.
Whatever group it is, they are stereotyped a certain way because we associated that group with a recognizable presence.
Created By Hannah Swan
The Stats
The Media effect
I started out testing of the 140 sophomores, 70 girls were all asked the
same questions.
For my survey, I asked the following questions in order.
1. Male or Female?
2. Do YOU believe social groups, cliques, gangs exist within your school?
3.Do YOU associate yourself with a certain friend group, clique, gang, social circle?
> yes, one group.
> yes, but more than one friend group.
> no, different friends in different groups.
> no particular friends or friend groups.
4. Do you think stereotypes exist?
> yes
> no
5. Do you associate your friend group as a particular stereotype?
> yes
> no
6. Do you associate yourself as a certain stereotype?
> yes
> no
7. What would you say people judge others based off of the MOST?
>Their Social Group
93 % said
7% said no
SAID yes
And Now for my gentlemen
BUt the Question is... What makes a
I continued asking the same questions to the boys, (70) of the 140 keeping the survey anonymous which I would later compare results.
animal kingdom
88% said yes
12% said no
DO you associate yourself as a certain stereotype?
said their social group
According to the Health and Youth Survey, the class of 2016 (sophomores) is made up of 53% girls and 47% boys. this class became my main controlled variable, keeping the same amount of boys vs. girls, the school they are from, the amount of questions, the type of questions, how the questions are asked, the environment each student was in when questions were asked as I tried to keep the answers to each and every survey as honest as possible by not letting students influence their peers.

said no
said yes
marked looks
said yes
said no
Living in the 21st century, media plays a huge role in high school, being that students are constantly on the internet, texting, tweeting, posting and so on.
however, not all media can be used for bad.
It had first started out as a statement, a phrase typed into a Google Search bar: ‘ high school stereotypes.’ Up came nothing from an actual high schooler’s standpoint; nothing except for quizzes, costumes and urban dictionary definitions. One could go as far as to say it’s mockery of what actually happens everyday in millions of schools across the world. Sure, you (adults) can say “Oh, I remember high school, it was...blah blah blah,” and probably write your own book on stereotypes, the cliques you formed and clubs your joined to be cool, but are you in high school anymore? Being science teaches, you’d know that opinions, facts and what people remember can change; data can change, and that’s why I decided to conduct this investigation. It wasn’t so much the idea of stereotyping, it was the fact that stereotyping, at the core, was judgment, taking the little or a lot of what we as students knew about a person and stuffing them into a box so we would know how to approach them. I wanted to find what exactly it was that high schoolers of the 21st century felt on the subject. How clique-y were we actually? Did stereotypes really exist or was it just an exaggeration of the media? What were a gentleman's take on the idea of stereotyping versus a gal's? What was the ONE thing we judged most off of that made us categorize and associate certain people? I conducted a survey consisting of seven questions to 140 Mount Si High School Sophomores, 70 boys and 70 girls participated anonymously and the results that came back were quite the surprise. I came to find that ‘Looks’ were what girls believed to be the largest component in first impressions; whereas boys believed it was 'the Social Group' you were associated with that mattered the most. More people believed stereotypes existed than didn't, and yet, more than half of the students surveyed did not believe they themselves were apart of that stereotyping. My conclusion? I believed that this investigation proved more than just what 140 Northwest sophomores thought on stereotypes. If these are the results, there is more stereotyping than counselors, movies, tv shows and the schools and student bodies themselves give credit for. And being that the core is judgment and stereotyping is the source of bullying, there is more bullying and judgment than one can imagine. Even more so, thats an even larger issue. (389 words)

I believe that the questions had the potential to be real, to have accurate results. I think more females would notice stereotypes within their school, having been influenced by the media such as Mean Girls; moreover, girls are supposedly ‘clique-ier’ than boys. ‘Looks’ are most likely to be what most people judge others off of, considering the fact, it is how someone looks that people have the tendency to notice first given a first impression. However, I’m expecting there to be less people who recognize themselves as a certain stereotype; being that stereotype is usually associated as being a negative term, people don’t like to be recognized as a negative ‘type’. Nevertheless, that is still accurate data, students are being honest and for this investigation, that is all I am asking.
Alright, so before I start this with all the numbers and statistics and all that ‘stuff’ you science teachers and fellow students care about, I thought I might give a little backround on my investigation. Obviously, this is not growing plants, blowing stuff up, or finding out how ‘germy’ Mr. Knowle’s classroom is; I thought some of that may be a little over used. I decided to make this a personal investigation, I’ve been bullied just about my entire schooling career, I’ve been put in many boxes, had different names other than my own called out, labeled as a certain ‘type’ of person which of course, is stereotyping. Even as I got back my survey papers, on one was written “Hannah Swan is a whore,” and that is my stereotype.
I decided to use high school stereotyping for a few reasons; not just to prove a point but to show that if stereotyping, bullying and judgment is happening in a small portion of a high school population, it’s just a small example of what is happening in schools all over the world, as well as in the work force, down the street and even in our own back yards. I was able to get back ground on the overall concept of stereotypes in general from Stereotypes And Stereotyping : A Moral Analysis by Lawrence Blum of Philosophical Papers {from a Moral Analysis on Stereotypes By Lawrence Blum; he used the examples of race stereotypes}
"For example, Jim might form a stereotype of
Finnish-Americans as dishonest, perhaps based on some experience he has had with a few Finnish-Americans. Jim's image of Finnish-Americans as dishonest functions as a stereotype for him. He assumes that Finnish Americans will be dishonest, and he applies this assumption to Finnish Americans whom he meets or hears about. When he· encounters a Finnish American who appears to be honest, he either does not accept this appearance, or allows exceptions to his image of Finnish-Americans without changing his basic personal image of Finnish-Americans as dishonest. He expects Finnish-Americans to be dishonest."(Bum).
I used such as well as Wikipedia ‘Stereotypes’ and a similar investigation conducted by Gaby Rodriguez who faked her pregnancy to show the life underneath, living as a stereotype. Just as I am about to try to do here; not fake a pregnancy that is, but prove a point.

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Stereotyping of Women
The Survey
What is a 21st century high schooler’s perspective on stereotypes? Having conducted a survey, multiple questions were asked:
Male or Female?Again this is anonymous.
Do YOU believe social groups, cliques, groupies, exist within your school?
Do you associate yourself with a certain friend group, clique, social group?
Yes, I have one specific friend group
Yes, but have multiple friend groups
No, I just have friends in different friend groups
No, I don't have a certain friend group
Do you think stereotypes exist?
Do you associate your friend group (if you have one) as a particular stereotype?
Do you associate yourself as a certain/particular stereotype?
What would you say MOST people judge others based off of?(Check all that you think apply)
Their social group
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