At one point in time every person has been labeled with a stereotype based on their appearance, intellect, personality, or their demographic. A stereotype can easily no longer be a label but ones belief. As a senior in high school, I am often labeled with stereotypes and have strived to contradict every single one of them. As a blonde one of the most infamous stereotypes I am associated with is "Blondes are Dumb". Solely based on the physical appearance of my hair, I am characterized as unintelligent, simple minded, and naïve. Social media and motion picture films portray blondes as helpless, feebleminded women that are often unable to complete the simplest tasks. Stereotypes lead to the negative connotation and assumption of a specific group of people. Most often than not they are untrue, offensive, and judgmental.
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These jokes are hurtful and depicting to blondes, and many have worked hard to disassociated themselves the this negative stereotype. I currently am in the top ten percent of my class and have always tested above proficient in the North Dakota State Test. In my graduating glass both the valedictorian and salutatorian are both blondes and hold the highest grade point average in our class. I personally believe that the "Dumb Blonde" stereotype is misleading and often contradicted. British author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, women's rights activist, Eva Peron, princess of Whales, Princess Diana, and many more iconic women all have one thing in common, blonde hair. These women impacted out world and have changed history contradicting the stereotype "Blondes are
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Stereotypes are an active role in society and they exist because many individuals are provided with false information regarding a certain subject. Most individuals mistake the word prejudice for being stereotypical when, in reality, prejudice is a term of judgement when one perceives another without knowing their true nature. There are some stereotypes that are somewhat true and there are others that are plain idiotic. Some examples of idiotic stereotypes: all blondes are idiots, people in the south live in trailers, glasses are for nerds, all Americans eat hamburgers and love nascar, all mexicans eat burritos and salsa (the food, not the dance), everybody hates the French, ect. These stereotypes are common, but atleast they provide an example of the term whereas misconceptions are more profound.
Everyday we experience stereotyping in one way or another. Over the years stereotyping has become such a large part of our society that it is a vital part of our everyday communication. It has caused many of us to not really think about who a person really is, or what they are about, but to accept instead a certain stereotype that has already been created by our society and given to an individual. Stephanie Ericsson makes an excellent point in her essay when she says “they take a single tree, and make it into a landscape.” The statement she was trying to make by saying this is that many times, a stereotype is made by an individual because of something done by one particular person in a certain group, but is then given to the whole group as a result. Our society has given a stereotype to practically every form of human being out there. Some examples of this are the blond that is said to be dumb, the kid with glasse...
Chinese people eat cats or dogs. Blue is a color for boys. Women are bad drivers. Those are the most common phrases I've heard about stereotyping. However, stereotypes are assumptions that are assigned to groups of people because of their religion, nationality, gender, race, clothing, among others. In our daily life, there are negative and positive stereotypes, and it is possible that we all use stereotypes, all the time, without knowing it. Also, in my life I experienced this issue because of my ethnicity and my gender.
Stereotypes are oversimplified images assigned to groups of people related to their race, nationality, and culture. Stereotypes generalize groups of people in ways that lead to ignorance to diversity within a community. Many people can be stereotyped in ways that sometimes are valid or invalid. Some common stereotypes within today's society are as follows: blondes are dumb, all Mexicans are lazy and come to America illegally, or all African-Americans are criminals. An excellent contemporary piece of fictional media that defies widely accepted stereotypes is a movie entitled Legally Blonde. Legally Blonde’s central idea is that if one is a woman, more specifically a blonde woman, they are automatically categorized as being dumb. Elle Woods,
we automatically assume things about people when we don't even know them. [“I really couldn’t see what Socs would have to sweat about—good grades, good cars, good girls, madras, and Mustangs and Corvairs—Man, I thought, if I had worries like that I’d consider myself lucky”pg.36] Ponyboy stereotypes the Socs as having an easy life, but he doesn’t know the other part of them. he doesn't know if they’re really like that, he just gets his information from what he is told and what he has seen. People in society today still stereotype. An example of a very common stereotype is that all blondes are unintelligent, which is not true. People use that stereotype to classify blondes. Movies and tv shows portray blondes as a ditzy blonde that doesn't know anything. It isn't fair to stereotype people into categories when you don't even know them because it ruins their self respect and dignity for them. It’s not fair to stereotype people or cultures or even genders. Stereotyping still happens today in society and we are all guilty of it. We base our assumptions on someone by the outer appearance of people. ["I am a greaser. I am a JD and a hood. I blacken the name of our fair city. I beat up people. I rob gas stations. I am a menace to society. Man, do I have fun!" pg.36] Not all Greasers fit those attributes, but they have an idea of what society thinks of them. They hear the stereotypes about them and know what people think
Stereotypes play an important role in today's society and particularly in Propaganda. According to the Webster's Dictionary stereotyping is defined as a fixed conventional notion or conception of an individual or group of people, heldby a number of people. Stereotypes can be basic or complex generalizations which people apply to individuals or groups based on their appearance, behaviour and beliefs. Stereotypes are found everywhere. Though our world seems to be improving in many ways it seems almost impossible to liberate it from stereotypes.
A "dumb blond" may not be dumb in the first place, but because people expect her to, she ends up saying or doing dumb things subconsciously. Like when Luis Rodriguez was a little kid, the teachers saw Luis and thought he was futile. Thus Luis subconsciously knew he was disregarded and didn't say a word, not even to use the bathroom.
Do you want to hear a dumb blonde joke? Nevermind, I don’t really feel like explaining it 15 times. Good afternoon ladies and gentleman, honorable judges and fellow 4-h members. Have you ever called someone a dumb blonde? Or maybe you were the one being called a dumb blonde? Well, throughout my life I was the one being called the dumb blonde. Yeah, it is nice to have something to blame when I do say something foolish or do something out of the ordinary. I can just use my hair colour as an excuse. Where does this stereotype come from? I want to get to the point of this and actually see, are blondes the dumb ones after all?
Everyone is different. In high school, people make sure you know that. I used to think that stereotypes were silly, that they weren't applicable to reality. However, over time I have realized that an endless amount of stereotypical kids are inside the walls of our everyday high schools.
"I often say that people experience stereotype threats several times a day,the reason is that we have a lot of identities – our gender, our race, our age. And about each one of those identities…there are negative stereotypes.” -Claude Steele. In my opinion, everyone can say that they have stereotyped someone. Even if it was not said out loud or meant to be harmful, it can still have a negative effect on the victim. Unfortunately, we have all been a victim of stereotyping even if you were unaware. A stereotype is a preconceived notion about a person or a group of people. Stereotypes can be,but not limited to, racist, sexist or homophobic.
Have you ever thought to yourself, only girls can baby-sit or only boys can play football? Both of those thoughts are stereotypes. A stereotype is what we classify people or genders as. They relate to what we expect someone to act like because of their appearances. We often learn them from media or our peers. We use them in many ways, none of them really being good when we think about them.