People often judge or categorize others based on appearance or gender. For reasons that people may perceive as safety or awareness, or through very limited personal experiences, instinctually people make judgments and assumptions about the world and people around them. There is nothing wrong with this, and this is natural and a significant part of life and being human. There is something wrong with defining a person, however, without specific insight on their unique personality or facets of their life. Knowing another’s appearance, or gender, doesn’t mean you know the individual. I’ve been taught to try to not prejudge others and to try to know the individual person before making assumptions about who they are. Although many people believe this way, there are others who seem to believe in stereotypes and continue to perpetuate them and group others together.
Stereotypes are indeed fixed images or ideas, oversimplified generalizations, of a particular type of person or thing. Some believe in stereotypes and find them to be a truthful representations of groups of people or individuals. Stereotypes aren’t facts, although some may disagree by arguing that stereotypes may hold some “truth” to them. They are just ways to hurt, minimize, and simplify views of other people. Stereotyping is wrong, though some may say “not all are bad”, stereotyping constantly puts people in a box, a box with certain expectations, and preconceived perceptions that end up, not encouraging one to their true own potential, but replacing theirs with your own. One, two or even three, experiences, bad or good, with a person cannot be an accurate representation for all other similar type people or person.
I feel very strongly about the subject because I know this is wrong. Stereotypes, not prejudices, lead to racial profiling, gender profiling, cultural putdowns, and grouping of individuals. We want to wonder why there are so many hate crimes, by those who are racist, prejudice, homophobic, or misogynists? Words or spit, these people choose what comes out of their mouths. Hug or slap, they are in control of their actions towards others. Their mind is their own but their thoughts and images about, of those unknown, weren’t thought of completely on their own. It’s disgusting to see people get teased, bullied, ridiculed, feared, tortured, raped or killed, simply because of the fact that people can be so selfish, worried about their pride, or ego, that they don’t have respect to give, only to receive. They too often, don’t or won’t take enough time to become informed, about someone’s personality, culture, stories or history. Many people lack enough inner confidence, individuality, peace, and pure love, and respect that they are entitled to receive from themselves. This is sad, a fact, and a part of life, I suppose. One of these days though stereotypes shouldn’t have the power to control people or their live, shouldn’t be perpetuated or taught.
It's 2017, we the human race have to continue to make positive strides towards equality, that can be only shown by respect, freedom and true justice for all. Stereotypes are created when individuals are grouped together, sexes are belittled, and when cultures aren’t taught. Stereotypes aren’t facts. Fact can only be found out. Not assumed. Stereotypes are wrong and this is why I feel so strongly about them.