Wednesday, February 20, 2008


stereotype |ˈsterēəˌtīp; ˈsti(ə)r-| noun a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing : the stereotype of the woman as the carer | sexual and racial stereotypes. • a person or thing that conforms to such an image : don't treat anyone as a stereotype.

Last night on the news there was a woman being interviewed about the presidential election. She said that she is voting for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman. I find that insane. Sex, religion, and/or race does not make someone a good leader. It influences it but it does not provide leadership qualities. The fact that Hillary is a woman does not make her a good or a bad leader. Being a woman does not insure that you have leadership qualities. In the same news segment a man being interviewed stated that he was voting for Obama because he is black. Race does not insure leadership qualities. Race does not make anyone superior or inferior. Race, religion and sex does not define people. What they make of them selfs defines them. Religion is a determining factor when voting for a president. Religion can also be carried too far into a stereotype. Many people think that Barack Obama is Muslim. I am not sure what the basis is for this idea but I think it may stem from his name. If it does stem from his name it is ridiculous! I can see that people would not want a Muslim president. I do not either. Religion is different than sex and race. Religion you are actively part of. You believe in and practice your religion. Religion influences the way I vote. I do not find someone inferior or superior based on religion no matter how much I disagree or agree with their beliefs. I also do not find anyone inferior or superior based on sex and race. This presidential election scares me. Hillary or Obama, both are scary options. But if we must have a democrat in the oval office I would rather have Hillary. ( I can't believe I just said that) On the other hand McCain is not one of my favorite people either. But hey, at least he is not Hillary!

This is a minor stereotype but still a stereotype. As many of you know I have blond hair. Why does having blond hair make you stupid? I am not stupid and I have blond hair. Granted I am not a genius but I do not find myself stupid. I do not like that stereotype. ( my hair is naturally blond maybe they are talking about bottle blonds ;) I do not mind good natured blond jokes. But it has gone too far many times. Another minor stereotype. Some people assume that I am dumb, cheap, and easy strictly based on looks. Why you ask, do I put this delicately. Um..........lets just say that I am well endowed. I am not sure why that makes me dumb, cheap, and easy but, from experience, some see it that way.( this has happened on more than one occasion) Body type and hair color determine IQ? I think not. What does one's physical appearance have to do with their intellect? ( Normal appearance , not nose rings and green hair)

I find stereotypes narrow minded. Of course I just made one , the green hair bit. But they choose to look that way. So it does not count. ;)


The Friendly Neighborhood Piper said...

Alright Ash...again, i'll bite. My I.I. for the day...

If i find ALL (realizing that word is extremely stereotypical yet i have no reasonable data to indicate otherwise) politicians to be, shall i say, less than righteous...should i be looked down upon because i DO NOT vote? How can i reason within myself to cast my approval for "the lesser of two evils"? Meaning... i am still approving an evil. I have to stop there, this WILL become a novella.

Inquiries said...

Jay you have sparked a post.

Buck said...

I pretty much agree with you, Ashley, but I subscribe to some stereotypes. Like guys who wear their baseball caps backwards, guys who wear their (baggy) jeans two sizes too large (so that they cannot be held up without some sort of heroic effort), and so on and so forth. Those are VERY good indicators of the types of folks I choose not to associate with, i.e., the clue-free or, at the very BEST, the clue-impaired. And there are female equivalents, as well.

Stupid is as stupid does. And I have an active dislike for "stupid."

Inquiries said...

I agree with you Buck. But looking like that is a choice. So I do not see it as a stereotype. I have always wanted to say to the guys who wear the baggy jeans, that no one cares what their underwear looks like. So could they please keep it to themselves. I also have a dislike for stupid.