Stereotypes

One of my least favorite things in the world is a stereotype.

I hate stereotypes. I don’t care if you don’t. I hate them. And this blog is, technically, about things you should hate. So, you should hate them, too.

Real Definition:

Stereotype

a simplified and standardized conception orimage invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group

My Definition:

Stereotype

making people feel bad because you think you know them

Example: Gay Men

When you think of a gay man, what do you think? High, effeminate voice? Form-fitting, stylish clothes? The signature wrist flap?

I’m going to throw something out on the table right now. I’m gay. And I know a lot of other gays. And frankly, I’ve found about 5% of the gays I’ve met to actually be like this. 5%. The other 95%? Completely normal.

Now, let’s get something straight. Unless you’re gay, you don’t know what its like to be gay. And if you think you know, you’re wrong. And if you think that “pre-judging” (which is where the word prejudice comes from) gay people is okay, its not. We’re normal people just like everyone else. We’re only different in the way that our type of love is uncommon. And there is nothing wrong with that. We don’t choose to be this way…we just are.

Example: Black People

I have a high respect for black people.

When you think of a black person, what do you think? Fried chicken? Criminal activity? The ghetto?

These are all stereotypes! How can you just associate a black person with the ghetto? You don’t know anything about them. You don’t know what they like, or where they live. You can’t just judge a black person on the street based on the fact that you think you know them. You don’t.

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Aside from these stereotypes, there is an abundance of stereotypes in the world. Jews, Native Americans, people from New Jersey, people from New York, people from England, people from California, Asians, Italians, Germans, Russians, women, Canadians, and the list goes on.

Stop judging people. You have no right. You wouldn’t want someone judging you, would you? Well, they might be. If you’re anyone in the world, you’re probably part of a stereotype. And you’re probably judged.

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1 Response to “Stereotypes”


  1. 1 Seuhle June 11, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    I don’t really get the gay comic, but this post rocks! I think it’s funny. And of course, it’s easy to classify others into stereotypes, but it isn’t that easy when you’re the one being stereotyped.


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