American Heritage Dictionary –
ster·e·o·type (ster’e-?-tip’, stîr’-)
1. A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.
2. One that is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type
3. Printing A metal printing plate cast from a matrix molded from a raised printing surface, such as type.
I just got back from dinner with some friends, where we discussed on several levels the topic of stereotyping. I am new to the blogging world, and I am realizing that it is full of stereotyping. I have been told what I believe, I have been judged for things I have not even said… I am disheartened by the ability for thoughtful writers to attack faceless groups through the use of stereotyping.
I realize that this is a hard argument to have, in that many different people perpetuate stereotypes. i.e. our waitress was horrific, so, do I jump on the fact that she is from a certain ethnic group, age classification, gender, or religious background; and attack the group? or do I just say, in fairness to her, “tonight, she gave us poor service in my opinion” My point is that I tend to make statements that involve the words “she” or “he” as opposed to “they.” And I am becoming quickly frustrated with those who use the term “they” (crap i just did it, did you catch that… i said “those” which is a form of they…) I should say… I am frustrated with the blogs that I have recently read where there has been “they” language.
Can anyone help me see this clearer?