Stereotype

Have you ever been the subject of a stereotype? Describe this experience, using a specific incident: what was the stereotype? what do you think was the basis of the stereotype (your nationality, hair color, regional background, etc.)? What do you think is the source of this stereotype (mass media, historical forces, demographic characteristics of the group, cultural misunderstanding, etc.)? Did it impact how you were treated? What if anything did you do to counter this stereotype? How significant is this stereotype in your life (e.g. stereotyping about being in a sorority may end once you graduate vs ethnic stereotyping which may last a lifetime)? Can you think of other stereotypes that might affect other individuals in more negative ways?

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