Thursday, 15 December 2011

Are you a Stereotype?


A stereotype is a popular belief about specific types of individuals. The concepts of "stereotype" and "prejudice" are often confused with many other different meanings. Stereotypes are standardised and simplified conceptions of groups based on some prior assumptions, assumptions I repeat .The word stereotype even if it is unknown the meaning of the word is often known in our minds and it has become a habit to stereotype !
Stereotypes are defined as:

"In modern usage, a stereotype is a simplified mental picture of an individual or group of people who share certain characteristic (or stereotypical) qualities. The term is often used in a negative sense, and stereotypes are seen by many as undesirable beliefs which can be altered through education and/or familiarization."

OR

"1. A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.
2. One that is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type."

OR

"A trite expression or idea..."

OR

"A generalisation, usually exaggerated or oversimplified and often offensive, that is used to describe or distinguish a group."

Whatever,lets come to real life examples ..Check it out 

1. Looks Stereotype-She looks boring she must be boring and dumb.While one who looks beautiful she is charming and interesting all the time, but do remember Beauty and brains(I am stereotyping again).while an innocent looking guy can be ass at mind and vice versa for handsome ones too.

2. Thinking Stereotype-She is so narrow minded her sister too must be same even the family.Very  orthodox person he is ,god tell him we are in 21st century.people assume for some reasons that being in this century is all about turning down the odd ones out,while the odd ones  are all the good things too.Yeah we consider smoking is stylish and no smoking is orthodox.

3. Gender stereotype-At times it’s still the same, all girls are fools and all boys are smart. Or Masculine gender is stronger.however this stereotype is decreased at some level.
4.Money Stereotype-Wanted it name it materialistic(but it would be very  vast subject in itself),You have lots of money you have the power. More money = High class, so on the hierarchy goes on.

5.Religion Stereotype-Again a vast topic,I hate this one guys as I m stereotyped many times here, Gujratis are canjoose (miserly), Bengalis are boring, Punjabis are loud and boisterous, Muslims are Terrorist(after 9/11),Maharashtrians(Village people) .These are common stereotypes in India 

There are again many to pen down, I don’t know why people start judging before knowing the person. These are just very few of 1000s of stereotypes we see everyday around us. I am sure you also have heard many of them. It pisses me off when by judging someone’s character by outer appearance tells something about your character.

5 comments:

  1. I would say there is yet another stereotype: LOCALITY STEREOTYPE!
    There is a clear division between urban and rural mass. The attitude with which they see each other is terrible.Anyway good article.

    Regards
    village girl

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  2. @ roopz ..yes stereotypes occurs everywhere in the world,most importantly its in our mind

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  3. Exactly...In between, I really love your style of writing and the observations.Keep going.

    Happy blogging!!!

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  4. @ roopz thankyou so much ...you made my day gal
    thanks for reading my stuff

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  5. I said the truth...Anyway you are welcome :)

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