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Do all jocks really earn nothing more than C’s on their tests? Are all artists nutcases, who feel that getting high creates better art? Just because an individual may come across as ugly, does that mean they are bad news? Do all minorities receive public assistance and commit crimes? Do spiky bracelets mean, “Here comes trouble?” Are certain ethnic groups smarter than others? Are little girls weird if they like Hot Wheels instead of Barbies?

Although Americans are considered notorious for these stereotypes, a lot of biases exist in all countries, cities, homes, and even classrooms. Aside from a fishbowl, any place where different groups intercalate, stereotypes exist on some level. My middle school is a glaring example…

Ever since elementary school, I have never displayed myself as a conformist—from wearing camouflage to partaking in Yu-Ghi-Oh! duels. As the years zoomed by, classmates began stereotyping me for reasons people should be actually proud of. My eager participation in classes has most likely earned me nerd status, which is nothting to be ashamed of. Wearing short cheerleader skirts has never been my key to success. I would rather learn the Rubik’s Cube, draw an abstract, or teach myself to play “Landslide” on the piano. My ambitions do not include acquiring Bebe Sport clothing or a jumbo Juicy Couture bag. Who cares if the popular crowd disapproves of my Alice Cooper T-shirt and Andy Warhol purse? On top of being a “different” type of person, some people feel that my below-par gym skills automatically grant them permission to harass me or just think less of me.

The list of stereotypes people may have about me—weird, nerdy, athletically challenged — have fueled my resentment and triggered the development of my own stereotypes about those who will not accept me. I sometimes assume that jocks’ obsession with football and other sports automatically means their grades are below par. Anytime a girl with designer names stamped on her bag, clothing, and boots walks past me, I assume she is shallow and desperate for acceptance and popularity. While many boys and girls at my school may fall into those categories, the truth is, not all of them do. Perhaps they happen to like that style of clothing or have a real passion for sports, but they may even have some nonconformist tendencies of their own. How do I know?

Without getting to know a person, I cannot know. Just as illnesses such as cancer or AIDS eat away at a person’s body, stereotypes are a sort of sickness, too. They wear down a person’s character and make them blind to people’s worthwhile traits, causing them to reject or even ridicule those, like me, who are different. They cause ugly prejudices and even world wars.

Eradicating stereotypes would enable us to see each other in entirely different ways, in the classroom and beyond. People of certain religions would not be persecuted or terrorized. Employers would see skills, not skin color or gender. So, is it strange for a little girl to like Hot Wheels more than Barbies? If you consider that a silly question, then you are on the road to change.



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jenny123 said...
Sept. 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm:
Dear AbstractArtist101,
in your article "Slashing Stereotypes" you wrote about boys and girls who fall into boxes.
I really like your article because you describe very typical situations in the school!
I entirely agree with you when you write that the most people are called weird if the like Hot Wheels instead of Barbies.
You also wrote that stereotypes are a sort of sickness, like AIDS or cancer. Here I agree with you, too.
The teenagers put different people into boxes... (more »)
 
Jenny replied...
Sept. 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm :
Dear AbstractArtist101,
in your article "Slashing Stereotypes" you wrote about boys and girls who fall into boxes.
I really like your article because you describe very typical situations in the school!
I entirely agree with you when you write that the most people are called weird if the like Hot Wheels instead of Barbies.
You also wrote that stereotypes are a sort of sickness, like AIDS or cancer. Here I agree with you, too.
The teenagers put different people into boxe... (more »)
 
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Alina said...
Sept. 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm:

Dear AbstractArtist101,

in your article from below you deal with stereotypes who cause heavy damage to human communal life as well as to teenager's development in school.

I really enjoyed reading your article which contains a lot of personal information presenting the big problems of school life like bullying or social isolation. Even though i got to know some of these stereotypes and prejudices by myself,  I absolutely agree with your opinion that one neither should ... (more »)

 
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StephanJ said...
Sept. 21, 2010 at 3:02 pm:
Dear AbstractArtist101
in your article about slashing stereotypes you wrote about the disadvantages of stereotypes and you wrote about the consequences. I entirely agree with you when you write that we put everybody into boxes without knowing the person. Another argument against stereotyping is that stereotypes cause ugly prejudices and even world wars. I can strongly support the author's view that it's strange for a little girl to like Hot Wheels more than Barbies. What we also need ... (more »)
 
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thilo said...
Sept. 19, 2010 at 11:34 am:



I am writing about the article on stereotypes. I entirely agree with the author when he writes that at any place where different groups intercalate, stereotypes exist on some level. I wish to write about the article which makes mostly totally true claims about stereotypes. He writes that stereotypes are a sort of sickness.He also writes that grils are weird if they like Hot Wheels instead of Barbies, which I can agree with, too. Furthermore he writes that stereotyping people... (more »)

 
AbstractArtist101 replied...
Sept. 19, 2010 at 11:53 am :
Thanks for liking my article so much! I'm glad I received such positive feedback from you. By the way, my the author, (me), is a she :) LOL, but that's okay though
 
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AbstractArtist101 said...
Jul. 2, 2010 at 10:31 am:
Thanks for your feedback. Your writing is very good! So far I've read dear confused teenager
 
AbstractArtist101 replied...
Jul. 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm :
To me, I could relate to it a lot because I have similar problems at school--no one is really like me.
 
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Asianflowers said...
Jul. 2, 2010 at 4:20 am:

Very nice. So true and insightful too. Awesome!

Also would you look at some of my work? Some similar to this. Thanks

 
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