“Just look how he dresses, smart kids have no social life, people from this locality have low standards.” How often have we heard somebody mention these things, yet, how often have we said something similar? I believe our society is based on the superficial things, which we categorize people into. One of societies biggest downfalls is that we define people by their appearance or what they do. Maybe this is why we care so much about or appearance, so we can fit into one stereotype. To fit in, so we can feel equal. We talk so much about equality, but how can we expect people to feel “equal” with all these stereotypes around? All our lives, we judge people right from the moment we meet them. We judge them regarding what they wear, how they behave and “stereotype” them. We think they are people that they aren’t because of these stereotypes. We fail to understand that everyone is not the same. That people wear and do what they want because they want to not because they’re smart or dumb or black or white. Everything we see and hear, does not define a person. We will never truly know who a person is until we get to know them. Unfortunately we just go on our first judgment, not giving them an opportunity to show who they actually are.
It is these stereotypes, that lead to bullying. Guys who have slightly “feminine” attributes are called gay and made fun. Overweight people are bullied for how they look, extremely skinny people are called anorexic, nerds are called loners. This leads to exclusion, making these people doubt their worth and causing depression, or worse. Stereotypes seem harmless at first, but over time, they cause serious damage.
Stereotypes, are a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. “An oversimplified image or idea.” People have this image stuck in their head and choose not to get over it or accept that that image isn’t completely true. Because of them, society has become narrow minded. They are just another product of society which gives more value to what a person possesses than who a person is.
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