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So since the last post I’ve been thinking what should I blog about this time.. and it dawned on me. Why not blog about stereotyping and how it affects ones development?
Stereotyping has existed for centuries and even in today’s modern world continues to rear its head. You would think in a progressive society, stereotypes would be washed away, but even today it is not uncommon for people to have a tendency to place stereotypes on one another.
Being criticized for the way you walk and talk and even the way you dress is wrong, we do not know what an individual goes through in there life. So calling someone Gay because they speak English or they wear nice clothes and they don’t look like you or calling a girl a slut because she unfortunately became pregnant while attending high school is not only wrong but you have no idea how it affects that person mentally.
How can we stop stereotyping?
By eliminating misconceptions, it opens up for diversity of opinions, ideas or innovative solutions due to the uniqueness of personalities. People who stereotype shut themselves out by not embracing the wonders of diversity and instead focus on untrue assumptions; much can be learned from one another when a conscious attempt to not generalize is made.
While stereotypes will unfortunately continue to exist, if society focuses on open communication and develops a tolerance for understanding differences, this will hopefully eventually lead to erasure of some of these misconceived stereotyped preconceptions. We don’t know what the situation of the next person is so let’s just approach one another with an open mind.
M.A.P.

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  • Jon

    Eliminate misconceptions? Good luck not making mistakes. No one can ever have perfect knowledge, so misconceptions are inevitable. We all make assumptions daily (based on imperfect knowledge) and not realizing you are making assumptions based on imperfect knowledge is intellectually dishonest. So, whether you admit it or not, you do generalize, you do stereotype, and you do have misconceptions. Always strive for a more perfect knowledge and minimize the amount generalizations you have to make, but have the humility to admit you are a lot less open minded than you think and the person beside you that you believe is close minded and/or a bigot may have more knowledge or open minded than you (remember, you don’t have perfect knowledge). You suggested that communicating more and being open minded could allow a person to eliminate misconceptions (and while that might be true) to what end should we strive for this goal? Do 100% of Americans need to be misconception free…80%, 50%? Who will judge what is a misconception. Should we criminalize stereotypes? Can we judge if society is stereotype free? Are we operating with fewer stereotypes now than in other times or other places? Is the battle against stereotypes and misconceptions measurable and if not, then how do we pass judgement on how much more work or money or time to invest in this endeavor. If the war on stereotypes and misconceptions is an endless one and we must be ever-vigilant, then like all wars that go on forever, people will tire and not take notice. If human nature is to make generalizations, then how long do we wage war against our natural instincts? Don’t think my thesis is that we should give up and all accept stereotypes, but I would suggest my thesis is that we should ask ourselves these tough questions personally, but not collectively.

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