A person or thing that conforms to a widely held but oversimplified image of the class or type to which they belong
In social psychology, a stereotype is a thought that can be adopted about specific types of individuals or certain ways of doing things. These thoughts or beliefs may or may not accurately reflect reality. However, this is only a fundamental psychological definition of a stereotype.
Stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination are understood as related but different concepts. Stereotypes reflect expectations and beliefs about the characteristics of members of groups perceived as different from one’s own, prejudice represents the emotional response, and discrimination refers to actions.
Possible judgments of stereotypes are:
- Justification of ill-founded prejudices or ignorance
- Unwillingness to rethink one’s attitudes and behavior towards stereotyped groups
- Preventing some people of stereotyped groups from entering or succeeding in activities or fields
If you couldn’t understand what was being said above, allow me to explain. Stereotype basically means that you have branded tha a particular person/ group of people with a dumb concept and have chosen to ( mostly) hate them, even though the person whome you are “branding” may actually be different from the others that you have faced
All men are dogs
Most women are sluts searching for guys to hog their car, money and eventually destroy their lives for their pleasure
and more insulting/ abusive/ embarassing/ harassing etc. comments of similar nature
Thats not nice, is it ?? I didnt think so
A social campaign was started by TrulyMadly.com (a matrimonial site) to break stereotypes. And they have done a wonderful job
From the website
The world is a funny place. We live to be distinctive and strive to fit in at the same time, adding fuel to the fire of collective stereotypes while moving forward. But we at Truly Madly aren’t okay with the status quo.We like to see every individual through a different lens instead of bucketing them in categories. We like meeting fun people in this funny world and figuring out what makes them stand out.
We like going against the rules.We like breaking stereotypes.