Lately I've been wondering what makes a stereotype, and how do you know if you fit into it?? Most people pay attention to the way a person looks on the outside, and then sticks them in some random category according to it. I won't lie, I often do the same.
If I see someone wearing a tucked in flannel shirt with a longhorn belt buckle and boots with honest to goodness spurs, yeah I'm going to think they're some country hick. Or I'll frequently see women with plastic breasts, collagen filled lips, and bleach blonde hair and I automatically think they're sluts. After I've judged all these people, I often wonder where the hell I fit. Some days I go casual, sporting worn jeans and a hoodie with my hair pulled into a half-ass pony tail. Other days I'll wear things such as an embroidered shirt that looks like it belongs to a porcelain doll and some khaki shorts. Then sometimes I look quite grunge with a torn up band T-shirt and jeans filled with holes from overuse. Still some days I'll choose to wear a nice dress and heals, or an outfit that makes me look like a rich snob. So if we all place people into stereotypical categories based on their outward appearance, does my label change according to what I wear? I'm horribly guilty of automatically assuming I know who a person is based on the way they dress, even though I know this isn't true. The sad thing about stereotypes is that they start to become extreme, and eventually it's no longer a harmless label you plaster across someone. Eventually it can become racism, completely judging a person based on their skin color. Americans are thought of as fat and greedy, African Americans are all assumed to be ghetto, and anyone from the Middle East is feared as a terrorist. Stereotyping people may seem harmless and sometimes entertaining, but it's often rude and ignorant of us to assume we know everything about a person based on the way they dress, how they act, or even the color of their skin.