Do you get offended by stereotypes?

@Swtrose (3399)
Canada
May 8, 2007 12:57am CST
I think that most of us would admit that we hate being judge and might even get offended by stereotypes, but isn't it funny how we stereotype people at times without even knowing that we are doing it? Have you ever found yourself stereotyping someone?
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• United States
8 May 07
I really don't think about stereotypes much. I have fit into stereotypes and have been labeled by them before. I feel there are more pressing things to be worried about, so I don't loose much sleep over them.
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@singlepixel (2743)
8 May 07
yes. i' do experience the same thing. but as soon as i realize it, i will quickly 'switch' to the real me. anyway, we all do make mistakes, that's is why nobody's perfect. but then, if anybody do us wrong, we ought to forgive them and at least give them another chance. do you agree?
@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
8 May 07
Sure, I catch myself stereotyping on occasion... although I often feel that the practice of "generalizing" offends me FAR more than stereotyping. Few things offend me more than statements like "men this" or "liberals that." I suppose stereotyping and generalizing are close cousins, although I don't get the sense they are quite the same thing. When I am guilty of stereotyping, it is usually in association with groups... political and spiritual affiliations are usually the ones that come to the forefront, perhaps because both tend to be peppered with very strong opinions that draw my attention to them. I feel fortunate and privileged to have had some good Teachers during the last decade or so... they have taught me to consider "the person inside" every facade.
• United States
8 May 07
I just had to say that I think it is wonderful that you put a lot of the responsibility on your teachers for teaching you to be a better person and not judge others. That is great. I wish some of my teachers had been a little bit more open minded and more geared towards seeing the person inside than how they were. Would have made it a lot more enjoyable to be there. lol
• United States
8 May 07
I think that we ALL stereotype others, even the most open-minded of us! Stereotypes are so deeply ingrained in our culture's psyche that we're ALL affected, just 2 varying degrees. But, I feel that, the more deeply spiritual a person becomes, and the more 1 comes 2 the realization, deep down, that we all ARE 1, a person will deal with others on an individual basis only! But, if we're HONEST, I think we all have preconceived notions about other groups. And, truthfully, there is alot of TRUTH 2 stereotypes. Of course, they're NOT true 4 everyone (there are no absolutes), but they ARE true enough, 4 a large sector of a particular group, that they exist in the 1st place! Even tabloid stories usually contain a "kernel" of truth, underneath all of the exaggeration. I long 4 the day when we ALL just c the HUMANITY in each other, but since stereotypes have existed throughout generations, we all absorb the information, and we're all biased. But, since I'm an idealist, I still hope 4 the day when this WON'T be the case. As 4 getting offended, I really don't get offended, because I realize that we ALL stereotype, as I said. The person stereotyping me DOESN'T know ME, so their assumptions aren't based on anything that they know of me personally! Also, another note. If we look at other groups, or species, in nature, we DO attribute certain qualities 2 each group, like dogs bark, cats meow, birds fly, etc. It may seem insulting when we discuss HUMANS, but I feel that every ethnicity, on a WHOLE, DOES have certain characteristics. Of course, there are exceptions 2 every rule, and we all have things that are individual and UNIQUE unto us, but GENERALLY speaking, as I said, there's SOME truth present. I wish it wasn't this way, but this IS our reality. I don't c it disappearing anytime soon!
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@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
8 May 07
I don't stereotype people because some people have sterotyped me due to my being a Puerto Rican. It hurts when I am told, "you don't look Puerto Rican" Puerto Ricans are so and so!
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@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
9 May 07
Most stereotypes are not correct and I make an effort not to group people....I do not like it when people do it to me.....I teach my children to base their opinion about a person on "their opinion"....not somebody else's.....
• United States
8 May 07
I get offended by them and I try to keep myself from jumping to a stereotype about someone that I have just met or that I see on TV. I try to be as fair as I know how to be with everyone that I deal with on an everyday basis, just the same as I would want them to treat me. Just because I am small (5 feet tall exactly) and I am a blonde, no jokes please! lol And also the fact that I am younger, doesn't mean that I do not have a brain in my head or that I cannot hold my own in an intellectual conversation, if I wanted to. Can you guess which stereotypes bug me the most??? lol I have to admit to doing it a few times, but I always try to give myself a little mental slap before it goes too far. :)