stereotypes..

United States
September 21, 2008 3:22pm CST
Yesterday I went to the store and was dressed casual, likely looking like the (slightly(!) aging hippie type person I am, and the cashier was very very friendly. Now today I went to the same store, same cashier who seemed to give me a serious cold shoulder. I was of the notion that he was gay.. which is kool with me, I have no problem whatsoever with that, sometimes I'm more fond of a gay person than many others.. But today I was wearing a biker tee.. and I couldn't help wondering if I hadn't (albeit in a small way) been the 'victim' of having been stereotyped.. I'm actually quite used to it.. what with being [1] a biker [2] a conservative, and [3!] a christian.. Especially those last two, really get a bad rap sometimes.. Now it's not only the stereotyping, but the type of stereotype, as I really don't know any conservatives, nor especially christians, which dislike gay folks.. why they want marriage to be traditional is somewhat(?) misunderstood by others (and why they debate the validity of reproductive rights after conception, is pretty self explanatory, however they do get rather demonized over that issue also). Let me also say, that not all liberal folks, by a long shot, are extremists about it either, nor do they all believe in reproductive rights without measure nor restraint whatsoever.. No more than all atheists are any where near immoral (or no more so than any of the rest of us, as groups that is..) - My question is, have you felt you have been stereotyped before? What do you think when it happens? Do you think you stereotype any others? [Now as to bikers, I can't give any guarantees there.. but even then it's a serious mistake to stereotype them especially as most these days are not the 'hell's angel' type of biker, tho I do know a few of those too.. Though even they've mellowed with age..
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@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
23 Sep 08
I have, we went to a car lot and was literally told that we could not afford anything in their lot. We had not even talked money at all. We were driving an older vehicle, and my husband was in his work clothes. We said fine and went to the next car lot and bought a minivan.
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• United States
23 Sep 08
Too bad you couldn't have waved to them as you left (in the minivan!) Whenever I go about, I'm almost always in jeans and a baggie (harley) t-shirt and I have unstyled (long) hair either a little messy or pulled back in a pony tail. I've even run to town straight from the garden.. I like to think of myself as perhaps a wealthy eccentric who has an appearance and dresses 'like they dang well please'.. I've heard of that before, and if I ever became wealthy that's just what I would be like! I really think sales people should keep this in mind!
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Ya know I never thought of it. Not from a cashier or really any one now I have watched people fun to do here in Vegas and you can ususally pick what type of person they are not from dress but from the way they act!.
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@palonghorn (5483)
• United States
21 Sep 08
I love the stereotype that bikers still are put into. lol Most of them are not Hell's Angels. Most are doctors, lawyers, police officers, etc. But, take any one of those professionals out of their normal attire, put them in a harley shirt and jeans, or even leathers, and see what reaction people give them, without ever knowing what profession they are in 5 days a week! lol Right or wrong there will always be stereo types and labels. I guess cause I ride with my s/o, I'm just another biker babe LOL! That's just tooo funny!
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