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Cultural Perspective of Stereotypes and Prejudices:
Stereotypes and Prejudices
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Stereotypes and Prejudices A stereotype can be explained by when a person categorizes another person or a group of people together and making a judgement about them without even knowing them. They are based on beliefs about a person or group’s looks, behaviors, and similarities to their own group, yet different from others There are three different categories people usually stereotype a person by. They are:
● Race - Racial stereotypes can be found for every race and ethnicity. They can be hurtful and may lead to harmful situations.
● Sex - Sexual stereotypes are presumed ideas of how a man or woman will act.
● Gender - Gender stereotypes pertains more to the person or group of people directly.
(Example: A woman’s place is in the kitchen or the man is the provider and protector).

Stereotypes and prejudices are often confused by people because they are assumed. Prejudices refer more to a personal attitude and feelings towards others. Jews, blacks, women, and gays are the main targets of stereotyping and prejudices. “There are advantages and disadvantages to stereotyping” Mcleod, S.A. (2008). The advantage is that it enables us to respond quickly to situations, whereas, the disadvantage is it makes people ignore the differences in people, says Mcleod (2008) “The use of stereotypes is a major way in which we simplify our social world; since they reduce the amount of processing (thinking) we have to do when we meet a new person”. (Cardwell, 1996). A stereotype, which is a belief, leads to prejudice, which is an attitude, which leads to discrimination, which is negative treatment. They go hand in hand and as far back as early colonization period in History. I feel stereotyping, prejudices, and discrimination are completely…...

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