Catholic Nuns: Moving Beyound The Stereotypes

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Society forms opinions on groups of people based on what some of the individuals do. Groups of people are judged by others because of appearances or actions. There are different stereotypes for most types of people that are given by others without really knowing about that specific group. Society also has misconceptions because individuals do not know each other well enough or make an opinion about each other from just a few things that are known. Every culture has different beliefs which leads to people assuming things that are not true which can cause misconceptions to happen. Just because a small percentage of the whole group is doing something does not mean that the entire group is doing that same thing. Individuals should stop forming an opinion on other people since most of the time those opinions are not true. This happens often with Catholic nuns since people assume and form false images of the way these religious women live life.
People have created stereotypes on others based on the individual's’ background and characteristics. In many circumstances people are labeled with a certain name because of the racial background. In Prelude: The Barbershop Vershawn Ashanti Young states “Thus in addition to enchantment, I felt a conflicting fusion of fortune and tribulation-fortune because my language and demeanor often mark me as educated, separating me from those who exemplify the stigmatized (and paradoxically romanticized) black male profile, and consequently excusing me, though certainly not always, from the plight that follows that image” (2). By creating the negative stereotype about black males people do not even think twice before making an assumption about how those men are. This affects the whole group since even though only a portion of the men fit the incorrect description all the individuals are treated the same. For other groups of people the assumptions come from the individuals’ religious practices. When some individuals do something an image or reputation is created for that specific group. Later on when others think about that specific group, what comes to mind is the reputation that the small percentage of the group created for the rest of the individuals. Even though only a small portion of people are a certain way the whole group earns the stereotype that is usually incorrect and difficult not to believe in since it is what most people think of when that specific group is mentioned.
Misconceptions are everywhere because everyone sees people differently and create an opinion of how that person is. Social media helps spread the wrong ideas about people and about what individual’s do. It is easier for people to believe in something since it is all that is talked about all over social media. The internet has allowed people to share ideas and beliefs even though in some cases those ideas are not correct or offensive to other people. As people hear something about a specific group those people will start to see the group by what...

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