One of the biggest things the human race has created is society. How humans live, how they interact, what customs they follow, all of it becomes a part of society. But many negatives have arisen from society as well such as: hate crimes, racism, discrimination, and much more have all taken root in society. The roots run so deep that most modern day citizens are not even aware of their own preferences. One of the worse roots being stereotypes.
Introduction Racial contact plays such a fundamental role in the contemporary South African society. In post-apartheid, many people and organisations try to eliminate any racism and reconcile with one another as a racially diverse nation. However, not everybody is willing to move on from the past and there are wounds that are not yet healed. A race is defined as a group that is treated differently in society based on certain biological characteristics (Andersen & Taylor, 2008:234).
The act of stereotyping is assuming that all members of a group have similar knowledge, behaviors, or beliefs simply because they belong to a group. Using stereotypes is one of the most common reasons why countless people are misjudged. It can occur with the person’s knowledge or it can happen subconsciously. Sometimes, in writing, authors will form stereotypes for their characters to fit into. By using a stereotype, it sets a base for the character to build off of and show change.
STEREOTYPING MANYA WADHWA 2012144 As mentioned in my previous journal, after researching into human thinking that is not supported by a critical analysis, it was found that the human brain tends to wrap itself around the popular public opinion, prejudices, stereotypes etc. The worst part about this is that the people tend to believe in these without knowing enough about it, or without even giving it a second thought. I initially thought that stereotypes and prejudices were something similar. However, after class and after reading about it I realized that they are pretty different.
Everyone Gets Stereotyped Stereotyping others can lead to problems in the future and can cause people to become upset. When the characters George and Lennie from the book Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck, are first introduced its easy to tell George stereotypes Lennie as stupid. Since Lennie is stereotyped as stupid, he causes problems throughout the book. George is also stereotyped, but as protective of Lennie. Throughout the book George tries to help Lennie as much as he can, even if it leads to a bad situation.
Stereotyping is an issue that affects all ages, genders, and races. Not all stereotypes are bad, but when you maliciously stereotype it becomes a problem. In S.E. Hinton’s young adult novel The Outsiders, stereotyping is a significant issue. There are two gangs in this novel, the “greasers”, and the “Socs”. The greasers live on the east side and are known as “hoods”.
The title in chapter 6 “Identity Threat and the Efforting Life” of Whistling Vivaldi written by Claude Steele, really stands out as one of the main points of the chapter. Steele realizes that study habits can positively and negatively affect the stereotypes on people. He conducted an extensive anthropological study of his students’ work habits. Steele found that Asian students studied in groups, which allowed them to focus more on the concepts. White students studied more independently, but relied on others for help outside of class.
Stereotypes have been a part of everyone 's lives that we have become immune to its effects on others. Stereotypes make us ignore differences between individuals, allowing us to think things about people that might not be true. Television and film enter every home and affects those who watch it. What we see can influence how we act towards others that are different race or gender. Many common stereotypes are based on the gender or race of a character, some common examples can be seen in Mrs. Doubtfire, Legally Blonde, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Mean Girls.
Every culture has their own stereotypes. These cultural stereotypes can influence how people perceive each other because some people may only view others by their stereotypes and nothing more. As a result, stereotypes can have a negative impact on people. Since some people do not like to be judged only by their stereotypes, they will fight to prove that they are not the stereotype; however, their efforts are futile because they realize they cannot stop themselves from behaving as the stereotype. This futile struggle of escaping cultural stereotypes is portrayed in the novel “This Is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz, a Dominican American writer.
Stereotypes affects a human’s perception on a daily basis. Simply just walking down a street, and looking at the people who pass you, perceptions are being made about those people based on stereotypes that were formed early in a child’s life. Psychologist Paul Bloom speaks about how stereotypes can be rational times. You wouldn’t ask your grandma to help move furniture because you wouldn’t think she could be capable of lifting the heavy objects. But just because a thought may be rational doesn’t mean it is moral or humane.
As human beings, it has become very easy to fall into a trap of being mindlessness. When we read or hear something, we often accept the information as true because we do not go as far as verifying the information we received. Everything we hear on TV or read online is only one piece of the puzzle, by not looking at the bigger picture we succumb ourselves to the “single story catastrophe,” Chimamanda Adichie spoke about. A single story is powerful, it influences and creates our perception of cultures we are not tied to. People become close minded and only focus on the single story they were told or heard about.
In the article “Self-Fulfilling Stereotypes” by Mark Snyder, the various researchers help construct evidence of stereotypes in our society. Theses stereotypes affect both men and women as well as various racial stereotypes. For example, Snyder mentions that college students of the opposites sex were to have a phone conversation with one another. Each of the men were given a picture of the women they were supposedly talking to. When some of the men received a photo of an unattractive female, they predicted they would be awkward, unsociable, and boring (Snyder 543).