Stereotypes in Today's Society
In "The Armored Knight of the 20th Century", Robert Lawlor seems to categorize both men and women into narrow groups which, in my opinion, do not adhere to the majority of people. To begin with, he states that all men are manipulated by the media into being attracted to the "Model Starlet Type" of woman, and in order for men to attain the company of these women, they need to succeed in sports, business, and other forms of competition. He also states that these "Model Starlet Type" women are usually attracted to older men because they are more capable of achieving success in sports, business, and other various competitions.
I feel that both of these statements are incorrect. I do not feel that the majority of women are attracted to men due directly to their performance. In my experience, women seem to be more concerned with a man's personality than with his performance. It is often the male who feels that he must preform well in sports/competitions in order to receive female attention. One of my High School friends, Aidan, was an excellent athlete. He excelled in soccer, tennis, and track. Despite his constant stellar performance in these sports, many women would not date him because he was a cocky, immature person. In addition, I do not think that women date older men because they are more capable of attaining success in competitions than younger men. Women seem to date older men because they are more mature than younger men, and not because they are more adept at achieving success. I have seen many instances where women have turned towards older men for companionship because guys their own age were too immature for them.
Lawlor and I have opposing ideas about the relationships between men and women. Neither one of us is completely wrong, yet neither of us is completely right. The problem is that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to find one particular archetype of behavior/ideas into which a large group of people fit. Because our world is so incredibly diverse, everyone has their own thoughts, feelings, ideas, and biases on many different subjects, and this makes it nearly impossible to classify any group of people into any category.
Take, for instance, the case of twins. Twins are often (not always) raised in the same household by the same parents. They are usually exposed to the same experiences, and are given the same treatment. Then why, if the two are of the same family, gender, and culture, do they often have completely different personalities, likes, and dislikes? The answer is that these twins are individual people, and are both able to think for themselves. Even given an identical upbringing, two people can turnout vastly different.
In today's society, these "categories" are often stereotypes. A stereotype is defined as "a standardized mental picture that is held common by members of a group and represents an oversimplified opinion, affective attitude, or uncritical judgment. There...