Stereotype Essay

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Stereotypes “Dumb jocks”, “He is Arab, so he must be a terrorist”, “He must be Asian, just look at his IQ.” According to, stereotype is defined as a conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.# Our society is based solely on face values where we tend to place someone in a category because of his or her actions. Stereotypes seem to be an alternative to people who do not want get to know other people, so they classify and judge them without getting the facts first which can ultimately come back to them in a negative way.We stereotype various groups of people, but none like women, different ethnic groups, and athletes. We typically stereotype women on the job. Women normally are associated with jobs such as nurses, secretaries, and teachers. These are jobs in which most people would label as a tender loving care job, which requires a woman’s touch. 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. 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. 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. We 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 clothes. The media constantly portrays most gang activity as a result from the inner city black community; however, they barely discuss white and Asian gang activity. We 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...

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