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Do Not Judge Me: Stereotypes Are Ruining Our Society

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Stereotypes “Dumbjocks”, “Women don’t belong in a professional setting, they belong in the kitchen”, “He must be a Jew, just look at his nose.(stereotypes and prejudices, para. 1) Today’s society is based solely on face values where people tend to place someone in a category because of those individuals actions. (Mcrae & Stangore, 1996, p. 13) Prejudicial notations used to define members of a social or ethnic group are called stereotypes. People stereotype various groups of people, but none like women, different ethnic groups, and athletes. People will always stereotype other groups of people because human beings by nature are judgmental. (Women and negative stereotypes, 2009, para. 13) People typically stereotype women on the job.
Women normally are associated with jobs such as nurses, secretaries, and tailors. These are jobs in which most people would label as a tender loving care job, which requires a woman’s touch(Women and negative stereotypes, 2009, para. 2). Women are rarely associated with the titles of a Doctor, Lawyer, or CEO of a company. On occasion, when women are given positions of power, they are viewed as being power hungry and male bashers. (Women and negative stereotypes, 2009, para. 6) Male co-workers would be constantly put down by their superior, who in this case would be a woman, because the woman had to struggle through life trying to make it in a man’s world, or so the stereotype says. (Women and negative stereotypes, 2009, para. 13) In the home, women have certain household chores that have been naturally assigned to them: washing dishes, laundry, dusting and cleaning, and taking care of the kids just to name a few. These chores and household duties have been deemed a woman’s job since the beginning of time; the man would go out and hunt dinner and it would be the woman’s duty to cook and prepare dinner. So, after all these years, it is still assumed that the same duties have carried through generations. It is a stereotype that cooking, cleaning, and raising children are women’s work. The most common stereotypes are those that are aimed towards different racial or ethnic groups (Mcrae & Stangore, 1996, p. 18). people often stereotype young black males as being involved in a gang because of the use of “ghetto” slang terms and the particular style and presentation of their clothing (sagging pants, no shoe strings, tattoos and baggy shirts) (Mcrae & Stangore, 1996, p. 38). The media constantly portrays most gang activity as a result from the inner city black community; however, they seldom discuss white and Asian gang activity. (Stereotypes and prejudices, para. 1). people also believe that most of the African Americans make up the largest group of people on welfare, when in reality; it is whites that are the largest group requiring public assistance. (Stereotypes and prejudices, para. 9)
Caucasian athletes have stereotyped blacks as being a superior athlete and competitor. (Athletes deal with stereotypes, 2003, para. 8)...

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