Stereotypes in Today's Society Essay

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Stereotypes in Today's Society

In "The Armored Knight of the 20th Century", Robert Lawlor seems to categorize both men and women into narrow groups which, in my opinion, do not adhere to the majority of people. To begin with, he states that all men are manipulated by the media into being attracted to the "Model Starlet Type" of woman, and in order for men to attain the company of these women, they need to succeed in sports, business, and other forms of competition. He also states that these "Model Starlet Type" women are usually attracted to older men because they are more capable of achieving success in sports, business, and other various competitions.

I feel that both of these statements are incorrect. I do not feel that the
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Because our world is so incredibly diverse, everyone has their own thoughts, feelings, ideas, and biases on many different subjects, and this makes it nearly impossible to classify any group of people into any category.

Take, for instance, the case of twins. Twins are often (not always) raised in the same household by the same parents. They are usually exposed to the same experiences, and are given the same treatment. Then why, if the two are of the same family, gender, and culture, do they often have completely different personalities, likes, and dislikes? The answer is that these twins are individual people, and are both able to think for themselves. Even given an identical upbringing, two people can turnout vastly different.

In today's society, these "categories" are often stereotypes. A stereotype is defined as "a standardized mental picture that is held common by members of a group and represents an oversimplified opinion, affective attitude, or uncritical judgment. There are many different kinds of stereotypes. There are racial stereotypes, gender stereotypes, and cultural stereotypes, to name a few. The problem with stereotypes is that they assume that a group of people are all the same, when in fact, they are not nearly as similar as they are thought to be. In addition, there are many stereotypes in which the

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