Male Probation Officers: Stereotypes and Misconceptions

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Stereotypes have been around for decades, and are still prominent today. In today’s society, everybody stereotypes one another, but will not admit that they do. Stereotypes can either be positive or negative. Usually stereotypes are used in a negative approach and can be degrading to an individual. Misconceptions are also used by individuals and can be harmful and unreasonable. Misconceptions are usually formed from having stereotypes. Everybody has a stereotype that is associated with them, whether they like it or not. Male probation officers is a group that is misunderstood to society. They have multiple stereotypes and misconceptions that are associated with them; theses associations are made up by the offenders or individuals in general. Individuals need a better understanding of male probation officers because not all of them are intimidating. Stereotypes are the ugly truth, that become exaggerated. A person becomes stereotyped by the way they act and behave a certain way. Stereotypes consist of two people or more which create a group. Everyone is categorized in groups by a stereotype that is associated with them. For instance, at a high school there are the jocks, the preps, the geeks, the poser and et cetera. Stereotypes create a widely believed mental picture of that group. For example, in About Men, Gretel Ehrlich mentions that “...he’s gruff, handsome, and physically fit on the outside…” Ehrlich’s choice of diction helps the reader develop a mental picture of

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