An oversimplified idea or image about a
certain group of people that is widely
accepted by others.
Thoughts or ideas currently accepted by a
group or society and that present a
A “stereotype” is a generalization about a
person or group of persons.
We develop stereotypes when we are unable or
unwilling to obtain all of the information we
would need to make fair judgments about
people or situations.
Television, books, comic strips, and movies are
all abundant sources of stereotyped characters.
Stereotypes also evolve out of fear of persons
from minority groups.
All American have guns.
Black people are the best athletes.
Chinese people always eat rice.
Pakistanis are peace lovers.
One of the more common stereotype
examples is stereotypes surrounding race.
For example, saying that all Blacks are good
at sports is a stereotype, because it’s
grouping the race together to indicate that
everyone of that race is a good athlete.
There are also some common stereotypes of
men and women, such as:
Men are strong and do all the work.
Men are the "backbone."
Women aren't as smart as a man.
Women can’t do as good of a job as a man.
Girls are not good at sports.
Guys are messy and unclean.
Men who spend too much time on the computer
or read are geeks.
Stereotypes arise as a way of explaining or
justifying differences between groups. Lack
of exposure to other groups, cultures, etc.
Stereotyping is not only hurtful, it is also wrong. Even if the
stereotype is correct in some cases, constantly putting someone
down based on your preconceived perceptions will not encourage
them to succeed.
Stereotyping can lead to bullying from a young age. Jocks and
Preps pick on the Nerds and the Geeks; Skaters pick on the Goths,
so on and so forth. Stereotyping is encouraging bullying behavior
that children carry into adulthood.
Stereotyping can also lead people to live lives driven by hate,
and can cause the victims of those stereotypes to be driven by
fear. For example, many homosexuals are afraid to admit their
sexuality in fear of being judged. It is a lose-lose situation, both for
those who are doing the stereotype and those who are victims.
Prototypically is basically a psychological
Stereo typicality is a sociolinguistic notion.
Lakoff (an American linguist) says that the
use of stereotypes is conscious: this is
plausible. He also says that stereotypes
change, it can persist in the face of change.
They are also typically associated with
Ethnic stereotypes are regarded as images of
others formed in people’s heads. In practice,
they consist in projections of certain sets of
traits, which are believed to be typical of a
given ethnic group.
An implicit stereotype is the unconscious
attribution of particular qualities to a member
of a certain social group.
Explicit stereotypes are the result of
intentional, conscious, and controllable
thoughts and beliefs.
Gender stereotype is belief about the
personal attribute of females and males.
Gender stereotypes are simplistic
generalizations about the gender attributes,
differences, and roles of individuals and/or
groups. Stereotypes can be positive or
negative, but they rarely communicate
accurate information about others.
The stereotype begins since a baby.
Female Stereotype: If baby was girl, their
tendency are more to girlish thing like wear
pink clothes, toys like a Barbie doll.
Men stereotype: From the beginning, since
they were small boys are taught to be tough,
to be protective and to defend themselves.
To sum up, it can be said, Stereotype is the
reflection on how people see members of
different groups’ actually behaving, stereotypes
change should occur when the relation between
the groups is changing and altered.
Stereotypes offer a shortcut for meaning as they
convey a lot of information quickly.They
condense complex information into character
who is easy to recognize and easy to deal with.
They are often minority groups.
In sum, the notion of stereotype came into
language studies not so long ago, but it has
already been applied to various branches like
lexicography, semantics and pragmatics, and
has good chances to be integrated in modern
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