A stereotype is “...a fixed, over generalized belief about a particular group or class of people.” (Cardwell, 1996) Stereotyping is a crime committed by all. It is not done intentionally in all cases of course. Everyone will sneak in a little joke here and there about the nature of a certain hair color, race, age, weight, etc. What people do not realize is that these little harmless jokes have created stereotypes. I personally believe that the little harmless jokes ended up manifesting on their own into something much bigger and hurtful. Humor is something that should be a part of our lives daily but not to the point of another’s emotional expense – stereotyping. There are many stereotypes that happen every single day but the one that I experience daily is being blonde. Stereotyping can create so much hurt for someone that people should really take someone’s sensitivity into context when making their jokes. It can affect activities in one’s life, the amount of stereotyping that they are dealing with daily. Professor Michael Inzlicht of psychology, who led the study, published in this month’s edition of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology stated, “Past studies have shown that people perform poorly in situations where they feel they are being stereotyped.” Kemick, A. (2010. Aug 12) Blonde stereotyping is something that I personally deal with every single day. People definitely assume since I am blonde that I am dumb. To add, I am naturally blonde as well but I do choose to be a Platinum Blonde (almost white) by the box, I guess you could say. So I have a double whammy, natural and I choose to be lighter blonde. I do blow off the jokes and they really do not bother me much. It is more the constant thinking I am dumb that irritates me. “Everywhere people are freely spouting jokes that have at their core a distinctly anti-female bent. Even women (even blonde women) tell these jokes, and laugh at them. People who...
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