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Stereotypes

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Fiona Young

on 20 February 2013

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Stereotypes Stereotypes What Are Stereotypes? Racial Stereotypes How Are Stereotypes Developed? Gender Stereotypes Sexuality Stereotypes "Imagine, it's 2 am, and you're walking by yourself down a poorly lit street. Four different man walk past you at four different times. All four men are all the same height and weight. Which man would you feel most threatened by?"

This was a question asked on an online survey. The majority of the people who had taken the survey chose an ethnicity such as the "African American man`` They said they would fear the African American man the most, based solely on the color of his skin. Even though the options included "All of them." Or "None of them." But why is that. Why is it that to this date race still matters? It's because of stereotypes, society and the media, the way certain races, nationalities and groups are portrayed effects us and changes our reviews on life and real life situations weather you know it or not. A stereotype is a generalization, or assumption, that people make about the characteristics of all members of a "group."

Some stereotypes are blatant, such as "They all look the same." Or "They are all _" But most stereotypes surface in more subtle ways. They may be mixed with other information and passed off as facts. They may be "Just joking." But regarding of the package, stereotypes are all based on the same thought process that clumps individuals together as members of a group with no knowledge of individual differences.

Stereotypes have three main characteristics:

1. They imply that all people in that specific group are the same. Like if someone said, ` All men are aggressive." Or "Are girls are emotional."

2. They contain a judgment. Notice that the judgment often reveals more
about the stereotyper’s beliefs or expectations than it does about the
stereotyped individual.

3.Stereotypes are fairly inflexible. When we encounter someone who does not fit our stereotype, it’s easier to consider that person the “exception to the rule,” rather than question the validity of the stereotype. Like if a man was a nurse instead of a doctor, you would find it odd because you have been lead to believe that man are doctors not nurses. But instead of thinking, "well maybe that's not true." You would think "That's quite strange." A stereotype is formed when say someone has had a bad experience with someone of a certain race, nationality, gender, etc. And then a stereotype that may apply to that one individual is applied to their whole "group." Although stereotyping itself is not actually a bad thing. But it's when we use it to judge other people is when it becomes harmful. Stereotyping is actually a survival mechanism,

Like when we are children, even though you were told not to touch the oven top, you did it anyways and burnt your hand. So now whenever you see something the resembles anything hot you instantly know not to touch it because you assume it will be hot. Only when we use it to judge other people is when it becomes a problem. But imagine it in these steps:

1. You've seen a Gothic looking male on a T.V show, and on T.V he and people like him were portrayed to be very depressed, have trouble with self harm and are unsure of their sexuality.

2. You avoid anyone who resembles the person you've seen on T.V and assume that all the personality traits that he had applies to every person who looks like he for the only reason being that you assume you won't have anything in common with them.
3. You hear that someone is going to beat up a `Gothic looking`` Kid who resembles that one character you've seen on T.V. And because you`ve never had a real relationship with them or anyone like them you show no empathy and think that are "All the same" And do nothing about it. And that`s where stereotypes, discrimination mix. Traditionally, the female stereotypical role is to be like a 1950's housewife. To cook and clean and take care of the children. Then and now that is still considered the women's job.

Even though women aren't really thought to be that way anymore, there are still so many stereotypes that imply or state that women are suppose to be responsible for raising the children, and to do the cooking and cleaning as I said before. Women are also meant to be loving, nurturing and feminine and basically rely on the man of the house to do the hard work and bring home the money. as well as being over-emotional and sensitive.

Compared to men women are portrayed to be smaller and weak. Even in gym class knee- push ups are considered to be girl push-ups because girls aren't meant to be as strong as men.

Speaking of men, they have most the positive stereotypes. Men are strong and aggressive. They make the money and love sports. Even though these are positive they can still effect you in a negative way. Some of the more negative stereotypes about men are that men are messy and lazy. It's not the man's job to do the cleaning and men don't know how to cook or sew or do any kind of crafts for the matter. And they aren't suppose to. Stereotyping effects you in many ways, Even if it's a positive stereotype.
If you've ever been stereotyped, you know that it's often demeaning and offensive. It could also ruin your self-esteem If others treat you as less valuable or limit your opportunities based on a negative preconception about "your group" It can have serious consequences on your life. In this video it shows just how effective stereotypes are. The Effects Of Stereotypes Moving Past Stereotypes To Move past stereotypes you need to be able to make a conscious choice to treat people as individuals rather than as members of a set - You have to acknowledge that stereotypes do exist and hurt. And education yourself more on stereotypes. Identify stereotypes that you hear other people say and stereotypical thoughts that you hear yourself say. In the media gay men are portrayed to be feminine, and flamboyant and gay men are thought to love theater, shopping, and fashion. While lesbian women are portrayed to be the exact opposite, masculine. and butch and love sports and have no sense of fashion. Dressing more in over sized clothing. These stereotypes about homosexuals were made because of gender stereotypes. Women are suppose to be feminine and men are suppose to be masculine. But heterosexual men and women who are attracted to each other are either meant to act feminine or masculine. So if you are homosexual male than you will be portrayed to be feminine because with stereotypes to are put into a group and every group needs to have certain traits and mannerisms or else we would all have to be treated as equals.

These stereotypes do not apply to all gay and lesbian men and women, which is what makes it a stereotype, But these are the stereotypes that are most often represented in the media.
In this video it shows just how Gay men are represented. Fiona Young The white doll, black doll experiment shows that these children no older than maybe the age of six believe that the baby doll with the same skin color as their self are bad and ugly. Because black people are discriminated against as they are preconceived to be criminals, poor and have basically no education. And if every one of these children feel this way than it must be something that they see everyday, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination even if they don't know it. they are taught, just like the people in 1619 were taught that black people are worthless and should severe instead of being equal to them, these children were taught these stereotypes. And were lead to believe that they are true
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