Essay on Stereotyping, a Necessary Evil

1388 Words Apr 19th, 2011 6 Pages
Stereotyping, a Necessary Evil

Society generates numerous stereotypes this is a fact. Stereotyping is seen in everyday life as well as the class room, work place and court room. As a member of society I engage in stereotyping, not to say I only judge and am judged by others, but I also create my own. Every man has a different path in life witch teaches him his own personal lessons that govern their life. My personal stereotypes are products of my experiences, which I use. Why Society embraces certain stereotypes is simple. It’s the same reason that when you type in a celebrities name on google the worst things come up first. Our means of mass public communication profit over peoples faults and mishaps. It makes us feel better to know
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This happens with music, television and magazines. These mediums support and contribute to the numerous negative stereotypes that exist. This is a large problem because not only do they sustain the stereotypes, yet they also help create new generalizations. Stereotyping brings the society down as it makes the public generalize groups, instead of seeing everyone as an individual. This creates numerous wrong assumptions about all the people in the world, and many of those assumptions are degrading. ”The injustice of the lies is contemptible”(Dillon 606) The adverse effect of all these negative assumptions is that one group usually labels another in response to a generalization causing a cycle. It is best stated by Joe Lapointe “If we don’t stand by our values we lose our integrity”(Lapointe 63).
Being stereotyped is often a nuisance. Too often people are judged by physical characteristics and not their virtues. Growing up stereotypes took hold during high school (probably like most other human beings). It started with the small things such as a jock or nerd. Not bad stereotypes just labels based on choices made. When ideas are assumed such as a nerd is not athletic or a jock is not smart, the ideal is not based on fact or choice. The effect of these stereotypes influences the young and stay with them till their old. Judgment is a problem with young adults because too often we do not see past their family ties before we attach a

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