Google defines “stereotype” as a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. (Oh by the way, do not confuse this with a type of stereo system.)
So basically, any time you group individuals together and make a judgment about them without knowing them is a stereotype. Race, gender, cultures, and groups are the most common stereotypes.
Stereotypes are interesting things. They can NEVER be completely correct. Do you disagree? I would too, but not if you get technical about it. The fact that the definitions of a stereotype involves words like “fixed” and “oversimplified” make it clear that a stereotype is always wrong. The word “oversimplified” in Google’s definition should raise some red flags! The fact is, there are always more in depth facts that could be studied to disprove any stereotype.
So, you may wonder what my personal opinion is about stereotypes. I’d be glad to explain that. I’ve created a very simple, easy to understand list of traits that hopefully will help you understand stereotypes better. I realize that some of you readers may find yourselves on this list. I apologize ahead of time and hope you get help.
People Who Stereotype:
Men over the age of 17
Anyone who owns pets, especially reptiles
Business owners within 80 miles of Times Square, New York City, NY
Those with asthmatic respiratory conditions
Chain saw operators
People who wait for the DVD rather than go to the theatre
Anyone who enjoys sledding by themselves
People who read blogs
Females who are computer illiterate
Anyone with contact lenses
This list is in fact comprehensive. I hope it is easy for you to understand. If you have any questions, please email me. I hope my odd sense of humor has encouraged you to be careful with stereotypes.