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what is a stereotype ?

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Why it harmful ? How to avoid them ?

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Stereotypes are labels that are applied to individuals based on their ethnicity, nationality, or sexual preference. These characteristics are often oversimplifications of the groups involved, and stereotypes are negative, even though they seem “positive.”

5 common types example of stereotype


Race stereotypes are one of the most popular examples of stereotypes. Saying that all Blacks are good at sports, for example, is a misconception because it lumps the race together and implies that any member of that race is a good athlete.


There are also some typical male and female stereotypes for example :

  • Men are strong.
  • Men are playboy.
  • Women are weak.
  • Women are not good at sport.


Stereotypes exist about culture as well for example :

  • All Arabs and Muslims are terrorists.
  • All people who live in England have bad teeth.
  • Asian are good at math.

4.Groups of individual

another type of stereotypes also involve grouping of individual for example :

  • Teenagers are rebels.
  • Women are the gender which always concern about their appearance.
  • The elderly always behave like a children.
  • All blonds are unintelligent.

5.Sexual Stereotypes

In the other hand, sexual myths mean that any feminine man is gay and any masculine woman is a lesbian. Many who believe gay stereotypes may also believe homosexuality is unethical, incorrect, and a sin.

What Are the Consequences of Stereotyping?

Stereotyping is not only detrimental but also inaccurate.Even if the stereotype is valid in certain situations, continually insulting others based on your preconceived ideas will not inspire them to succeed.Bullying can start at a young age as a result of stereotypes. Stereotyping allows children to engage in bullying actions that they can bring into adulthood.

Stereotyping can also lead to people living lives driven by hatred, as well as victims of prejudices living lives driven by fear. Many gays and lesbians, for example, are afraid of being judged if they admit their sexuality. It’s a lose-lose scenario for both those who stereotype and those who are stereotyped.

Evaluation of Study

The Katz and Braly experiments were conducted in the 1930s, and it could be argued that societies have evolved since then, and we are much less likely to maintain prejudices.Later experiments, published in 1951 and 1967, discovered that assumptions and the degree to which they are kept have changed over general, stereotypes in the later study were more optimistic

but there was still a perception that certain ethnic groups possessed certain characteristics.It should also be noted that since this study relies solely on verbal accounts, its ecological validity is extremely poor.Just because research participants will recite stereotypes when prompted does not mean that people will act on them. People do not always act in ways that adhere to stereotypes.

Demand characteristics are also likely to emerge due to the limited knowledge provided to the experiments (i.e. participants figure out what the experiment is about and change their behavior, for example give the results the psychologist wants).

Finally, with questionnaire testing, there is the issue of social desirability – people can lie.

What would you do to extremely minimize racism ?

  • Accept and embrace who you are. Some small-minded people can try to judge and discriminate against you because of your ethnic heritage, which is unfortunate. Always be at ease and secure in your own skin.
  • Don’t let racial views keep you out of society: Racists want people to be apart, but if you stay out of it, you’re giving them the upper hand.
  • Racism is an acquired characteristic. If you are experiencing racism at school, college, job, or online, please report it. Teachers, for example, should speak with offenders to assist them in modifying their actions and attitudes. Report it to the police if you think the appropriate action is still not being taken.
  • Accept people of all races with open arms, and inspire your friends and family to do the same.

Things you did not know about racism

  • Racism can be practiced by people of the same race. Racism would be illustrated if a white female made a derogatory remark to another white female because she was raised in a Romany Gypsy culture.
  • It’s the equivalent of saying “cancer is better now than it was 30 years ago” to say “racism is better now than it was 30 years ago.” Yes, we’ve gotten better at comprehending and dealing with it, but cancer is cancer, and cancer is cancer.
  • A racist incident is described as “any incident that the victim or any other individual perceives to be racist.”
  • You have the legal right to report a racial incident to the police if you witness it and it offends you, even if you don’t know the victim or the perpetrator.

What about stereotype in movie ?

In recent years, there has been more focus on racism and sexism in Hollywood films, which can be seen in who stars in front of the camera, who directs behind the camera, and how women are portrayed on-screen — and sometimes all three. DW explored conventions used in over 6,000 Oscar-eligible films since 1928 to demonstrate how stereotypes have formed in Hollywood.There are many examples of racial caricatures in Hollywood history. People of color, especially African-Americans and Asians, have been repeatedly targeted. Take, for example, the bucktoothed Mr. Yunioshi in Audrey Hepburn’s 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, whose stereotypical “English” accent was meant to ridicule Japanese people. He is well-known, and there are several other examples.

Stereotypes have long been used by storytellers as a shorthand for representing characters. Stereotypes, on the other hand, are negative, as we all know. They can help to perpetuate negative it justify racism, and reinforce unsympathetic attitudes toward certain groups. Seeing racial stereotypes can affect self-esteem and contribute to the trauma of racism for children of colour , seeing racial stereotypes may have a negative impact on one’s self-esteem and contribute to the trauma of racism.

It’s not that contemporary films aren’t full of stereotypes , but classic films have a special place in our memories. When it comes to watching these films with our children, we might be unsure if the racial stereotypes in them are negative or can be used as conversation starters.

This is the example of movies that put stereotypes in it :


Of course, Disney movies are for everyone, but if you’re looking for an inspiring G-rated film that you and your 8-year-old can enjoy, look no further than this Disney classic. Due to the highly awaited live-action remake of “Mulan” (1998), now is also the perfect time to rewatch it.The original animated version is based on a popular Chinese folk tale about a young woman who has reached the age when she must find a husband with the help of a strict matchmaker. Instead, she disguises herself as a man and goes to fight, a crime punishable by death, to keep her ailing father out of the mandatory draft.It’s got catchy tracks, an Eddie Murphy-voiced dragon sidekick, and a triumphant feel-good ending.


“Moonlight” (2016) is a moving drama based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s semi-autobiographical play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,”. It tells the story of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami, as he tries to suppress his sexuality and true identity over the course of three defining chapters in his life. Moonlight was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

3.Wonder women

In “Wonder Woman,” Gal Gadot portrays one of the most well-known superheroes of all time (2017). Her world is turned upside down when she is unexpectedly turned into a princess of the Amazons on a protected island paradise where she was being trained to become an undefeatable warrior. When an American pilot crashes on her island, he tells her of the destruction taking place in the rest of the world.Woman returns to the island to continue her struggle for justice.


From the usage of the term “Injun” to the quality of the song “What Makes the Red Man Red,” Disney’s classic tale of the boy who doesn’t want to grow up is full of Native American slurs and stereotypes.

5.Gone with the wide

This sweeping Civil War epic depicts enslaved people as simply loving their lot, despite the fact that it produced the first African American Oscar winner (Hattie McDaniel). And they’re presented as either superficial and unaware or fussy and authoritarian.

Harms from Media Depictions of Racial and Ethnic Minorities.

Long-term television viewing predicts a decline in self-esteem for both girls and black boys, but a rise in self-esteem for white boys, according to researchers. These inequalities are linked to Hollywood’s racial and gender practices, which favor white men as heroes while erasing or subordinating other races as villains, sidekicks, and sexual objects.Native American adolescents and young adults’ self-esteem and moods are often affected by media depictions of Native American mascots, according to studies (who suffer from high suicide rates).

Racial representations packaged as entertainment can skew the way all audiences perceive and categorize people, regardless of their particular impact on specific groups of viewers. Whites’ views of people of color can be affected by mass culture, and racial stereotypes in film and television can intensify pre-existing racist fears.According to one study, white viewers’ racial perceptions are affected by common media representations of nonverbal characteristics of people of color, such as facial expressions and body language.