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Stereotypes A Hasty Generalization Essay

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Stereotypes are everywhere and can be about anyone. Generalized remarks about gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity or age are common forms of stereotyping. Any time someone makes hasty groupings whether by race, gender or an individual and makes a blanket judgment about them is stereotyping. Military members are no different than society. One of the military's greatest assets is its diverse workforce but with diversity comes stereotypes. As a woman in the military, I frequently encounter stereotypes and have made hasty conclusions about others. This paper will discuss a few stereotypes that I have faced in the military.
Women have been serving honorably in the military for centuries; yet, the some of the stereotypes still exist. There are still men who make blanket assumptions or hasty generalizations about women in the military. According to Mosser (2011), "Often the fallacy of hasty generalization can lead to damaging stereotypes made on the basis of just a few examples" (Sec 4.1). A common stereotype that still exists is that women in the military are not as committed to the mission as their male counterparts. He used to say that only the men in Air Force truly followed the second core value of "Service before Self." He would tell us that women subscribe to "Family before Service." He made this connection because two of his previous female airmen did not complete their fair share of work and often found ways to get out of deploying. My supervisor's stereotype of military women infuriated me but also motivated me to prove him wrong. I garnered more than 100 Letters of Appreciations from General Officers, Senators, Congressmen, and the Secretary of State for my outstanding work. Generalized judgments like this one about women in the military can bring about broken communication as well damage morale within the unit. When women feel unnecessarily grouped as less committed, their commitment can fall based on lack of trust of their leadership. This feeling will follow them and they may even start to stereotype all men in the military as only promoting and caring for the males within an organization. Also, men who already believed women were inferior to men in the military easily agreed with my supervisors stereotype (Ditto, 2011). According to Kemick (2010)," People are more likely to be aggressive after they've faced prejudice in a given situation," says Inzlict" (p.1).
Recently with Don't Ask Don't Tell being repealed, many generalizations have been made about males in the military who have feminine traits and must be gay. The argument is that male flight attendants have feminine traits, a male with feminine traits are gay, so male flight attendants are gay. This fallacy is clearly Begs the Question fallacy. "Often this kind of reasoning is criticized as “circular reasoning,” in that the premise that supports the conclusion is in turn supported by the conclusion, and thus goes in a circle" (Mosser, 2011, Sec 4.2)....

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