First off, I would like to give a few examples of "positive" stereotypes:
-All black people are good at basketball
-All Asians are smart in math
-All Italians are great cooks
-All white people are successful
-All black people like hip hop music
All these are considered positive stereotypes. But are they really that positive? I would like to debate that positive stereotypes are just as damaging as negative stereotypes.
My first example is how black people are always good at basketball. If you look at a tall black guy, you might assume that he is a great basketball player, but is he really? What if he sucks at basketball or doesn't enjoy it as much? What if he would rather play a sport some people don't expect a black guy to play, like, I don't know, volleyball. He would feel misplaced or not fit in because he doesn't fit into the stereotype.
Another example is how people think that all Asians are super smart. People sometimes assume that Asians are good at math, science, etc. But there are some Asians in this world who suck at math or don't really enjoy it. And, like I said before, those Asians may be left out and feel very alone because they don't fit into the stereotype.
You see, positive stereotypes are just negative stereotypes. They set a bar up for people living under those stereotypes to reach, and that's not fair. Research has shown that when perceived positive stereotypes were brought to an individual's minds, they would do worse. If you're a bit confused, here's an example: If you tell an Asian that they should ace their math exam since Asians are so good at math, they might get extremely nervous and do worse.
There are tons of people in this world living under stereotypes that they cannot attain. Ultimately, they would feel left out and damaged. Just like they would if they were living under negative stereotypes. Therefore, people can be hurt by positive stereotypes just as they would with negative stereotypes.
In conclusion, positive stereotypes can be bad. Let me remind you the definition of stereotype: It's a well-known idea or image of a person or idea that is held by a number of people. And let me also remind you that these "well-known" ideas may not be true. So remember, don't judge a book by its cover. If it looks like a book about a black guy liking hip hop, maybe it's really about a black guy liking classical music. If the cover looks like the book is about a white woman that's successful, maybe she's really broke and got laid off of her job. So before you identify a person with a stereotype and set a bar for them to reach, get to know the person and they might surprise you.
Let me list some "positive" stereotypes:
-All black people are great at basketball
-All Asians are good at math
-All whites are successful
-All black people are into hip hop and rapping
You see, positive stereotypes are just as damaging as negative stereotypes.
For example, if you see a black person, you might possibly automatically assume that he's into hip hop music. But what if you're wrong? What if he's into classical music? Because of the "positive" stereotype that blacks only like hip hop music, he might not be able to fit in.
Another example is that all Asians are geniuses in math. That can be wrong, too. There are some Asians in this world who suck at math or don't enjoy it as much. Therefore, because of all this "positive" stereotypes, they don't fit in with other Asians.
If you don't fit in with the positive stereotype, you may feel left out and alone. You may think you don't belong anywhere because you don't fit in with the stereotypes that people give you.
In conclusion, I believe that positive stereotypes are just as cruel as negative stereotypes. Next time, don't judge a book by its cover and before you identify a person by their stereotype, good or bad, you should really get to know the person and realize that even though you recognized them as a "positive" stereotype, they may be the complete opposite.
Stereotypes help identify what kind of person they are
They can set little red flags in your mind
What if someone smells like smoke, then you should probably try to avoid them because they might smoke
Example of a stereotype: If someone is holding several books then you could assume that they like to read.
If they go to the debate club, you could assume they are interested in this topic.
Stereotypes allow us to make sense of the world around us and more easily and effectively discuss concepts and ideas, not to mention allow us to remember and recall information.
Stereotypes are not inherently bad, rather they are an essential part of our cognitive/though processes. We all need to stereotype on some level as part of daily life.
Stereotyping involves grouping together ideas/people/things together based on shared characteristics. Stereotypes are the product of us comparing/contrasting and they give meaning and significance to those abstract ideas floating around in our heads.
we give Asian's certain characteristics or traits that distinctly them as 'Asian': this isn't inherently a bad thing, but it can be. For example, we might say Chinese people are good at managing money; on the other hand, we might say Chinese people are stingy. Here are two stereotypes, both describing roughly the same thing, one as a positive (complement), the other as a negative (derogatory).
Stereotypes have the ability to manifest and express themselves in harmful ways such as racism, sexism, chauvinism, etc. but at the same time they can be constructive: e.g. the 'good samaritan' or the 'nice/friendly guy/girl'. It is too easy to say 'stereotypes are bad/we should get rid of them,'
We need to move on from simplistic assessments of all stereotypes as 'bad': perhaps that is a negative stereotype of stereotypes. Rather, we need to think carefully about how stereotypes pervade our mind and mental processes as well as broader society. We must acknowledge its complexity and potential to be constructive or destructive, empowering or derogatory. Finally we need to think about and debate the morality and justice of using particular stereotypes.
•Stereotypes tend to be true - that's why they are stereotypes. Stereotypes do not need to be racist or harmful, we have evolved them into this terrible thing, but really they can be good.