Stereotypes: Element of Truth, or Lazy Thinking?

We all harbour prejudices and preconceptions. They can have serious consequences. Are they based on received ideas, experiences, or outright bigotry?

In class, we have been looking at stereotypes concerning the differences between men and women. Are there any surprises?

Send us some of your examples. But please: stay within the bounds of decency and courtesy, as always when you write on the Internet.

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10 Responses

  1. A stereotype is a stiff opinion which is not built on direct experiences.
    Personally, I think that use stereotypes is the worst thing to do. I’m saying that talk about people, things, facts or places in general, using stereotypes is wrong because we are all different. If a thing is suitable for one person is not necessarily suitable for another.
    Refering to the green box of our book which is about this topic, I think for example that the statement “Women worry more about their appearance than men” is an untrue stereotypes: today, men are worried about their appearance as much as women. I know a lot of guys go to the gym to appear more athletic.
    To make another example I don’t totally agree with “Women are better at multitasking than man”. I think that it’s depends always on people and their nature.
    Anyway there are also sentences which I agree with, such as “women are less interested in sport than man”. In my opinion this is true on population average in fact I haven’t women-friends really interested in sports.

    • Thanks so much for this, Esmeralda! I have just toime for two corrections:

      1. “A stereotype is a rigid opinion which is not based on direct experience.
      2. ” I think that using stereotypes is the worst thing to do.”
      3. “I’m saying that talking about people, things, facts or places in general, using stereotypes is wrong ”

      I hope these help!

      Editor

  2. MEN & WOMEN
    Stereotypes or true?
    There are several gender stereotypes that are the result of traditional roles imposed by society rather than real predispositions. For example, I’m of the opinion that women neither talk nor take care of their appearance more than men do. Actually, both of them exchange gossip ranging from trivial things to serious topics. Both of them spend same time on social networking sites either to chat or to make new friends or to snoop into old friends’ business. In modern times, both women and men excessively worry about their appearance. In some cases, men even spend more money than women on creams, perfumes and clothes. On the other hand, women do a lot of exercise and spend most of their free time in the gym. Another common cliché is that men are more interested in power than women. My opinion is totally differing since I think that, in today’s society, some career women can be more resolute, ambitious and bossy then their male colleagues.
    Anyway, I also think that men and women are different but in a complementary way and that is what make our life more interesting and spicy.

  3. MEN AND WOMEN STEREOTYPES OR TRUE?
    1-WOMEN WORRY MORE ABOUT THEIR APPEARANCE THAN MEN: In my opinion, it is often true.Women take always care about hair,face and accessories.Men are more neglect than women.
    2-WOMEN SPEND MORE TIME THAN MEN ON SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES:For me, it isn’t true. In fact men and women spend same time on social networking sites because it is a necessity in this century.
    3-MEN TALK MORE ABOUT THINGS;WOMEN TALK MORE ABOUT PEOPLE: In my opinion, it is true. I hear often women talking about other people(friends,boss ecc)while men talk more about football, cars and women!
    4-MEN ARE MORE INTERESTED THAN WOMEN IN GADGETS LIKE PHONES AND TABLETS: For me, it isn’t true. Maybe before was like this but now women have the same interest of men in gadgets like phone, tablet and pc.
    5-WOMEN ARE BETTER AT MULTITASKING THAN MEN: It is completely true. Women are more multitasking than men; for example they are expert on many things as technology,kids,laundry.
    6-MEN FIND IT MORE DIFFICULT THAN WOMEN TO TALK TO THEIR FRIENDS OR FAMILY IF THEY HAVE A PROBLEM: For me it isn’t true. In fact there are many men that confide to women problems of their friends or family.
    7-WOMEN SPEND MORE TIME THAN MEN TALKING ABOUT CELEBRITIES AND THEIR LIFESTYLES: For me it isn’t ever true.
    There are men that talk more women about their lifestyle and career.
    8-MEN ARE MORE INTERESTED THAN WOMEN IN POWER: For me before was like this but now women as men are interested in power, sometimes more than men.
    9-WOMEN ARE LESS INTERESTED IN SPORT THAN MEN: In my opinion, it is completely true. There are very few women that are interested in sport while men talk about sport every day.
    10-MEN WORRY MORE ABOUT THEIR HEALTH THAN WOMEN:
    Yes, for me men are more worry and scared than women about their health.

  4. MEN & WOMEN
    stereotypes or true?

    Personally, I think when we talk about men & women some are elements of true and others are stereotypes.
    For example, I think is true that women are less interested in sport than men. I can say that because when my boyfriend and his friends see some football matches on TV, me and the others girls, girlfriends of my boyfriend’s friends, prefer to do something else, like coating our nails with nail polish.
    But, always in my opinion, say that men are more interested than women in gadgets like phones and tablets is not always true. For example, in my family, I’m more interested in this kind of gadgets than my brother. He has had the same mobile phone for maybe two or three years, even if it has a broken screen. Furthermore, he hasn’t had a personal computer since 2014, while I have two pc, one for work and one for personal things.
    For all these reasons, I think is better to know each other a bit better before make generalisations based on stereotypes, because every person is different from all others.

    Melania Perrone

  5. MEN AND WOMEN STEREOTYPES OR TRUE?
    1-WOMEN WORRY MORE ABOUT THEIR APPEARANCE
    THAN MEN:In my opinion it isn’t ever true,specially in this century. In fact beauty products have had a great success since last years,for example encrusting barber shop or product for beard.
    2-WOMEN SPEND MORE TIME THAN MEN ON SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES :I don’t think so. I think that everyone,women and men and younger,spend too much time on social networking, overlooking personal relationships!
    3-MEN TALK MORE ABOUT THINGS;WOMEN TALK MORE ABOUT PEOPLE: In general it is true,women are more worried about emotions than men.
    4-MEN ARE MORE INTERESTED THAN WOMEN IN GADGETS LIKE PHONES AND TABLETS:My answer is the same of the second question .I believe that everyone of us spend too much time with electronic device specially younger and children’s!
    5-WOMEN ARE BETTER AT MULTITASKING THAN MEN:I really agree.There are very few man that are able to do many things at the same time.
    6-MEN FIND IT MORE DIFFICULT THAN WOMEN TO TALK TO THEIR FRIENDS OR FAMILY IF THEY HAVE A PROBLEM:I disagree. I think it depends by two main factors:at first about personalities and then about parents education.
    7-WOMEN SPEND MORE TIME THAN MEN TALKING ABOUT CELEBRITIES AND THEIR LIFESTYLES: It should be real,because women usually are more critical than men.
    8-MEN ARE MORE INTERESTED THAN WOMEN IN POWER: Yes,sure! It”s because they have not understood that power it is almost ever “decision-making power”! I meet a native mexican in one of my trips,that has told me: “I wear trousers in my home…BUT My wife chose colour!
    9-WOMEN ARE LESS INTERESTED IN SPORT THAN MEN: I disagree why should be like it? Perhaps it should be on football, but there are a lot of sports playing or watching fortunately.
    10-MEN WORRY MORE ABOUT THEIR HEALTH THAN WOMEN: Yes,I agree,men are usually more scared than women.
    VALENTINA POLITO

    • Many thanks for this, Valentina! A nice piece.
      About point 8: I have often heard husbands admit, “I take the decisions – but my wife tells me what decisions to take”
      It’s late at night now so I have time to correct just one mistake:
      “In my opinion it is never true, especially in this century. In fact beauty products have had a great success in the last few years,for example encrusting [?]barber shop or product for beard.”

      I hope this helps. More corrections soon!
      Editor

    • Hi Valentina! Here are some more corrections:

      “TABLETS: My answer is the same as in the second question”
      “I believe that we all spend too much time with electronic devices especially younger people and children!”
      Very few men can do many things at once.
      “I think it depends on two main factors: first personalities, then on upbringing by parents.”
      “It should be true, because women usually are more critical than men.”
      “because they have not understood that power it is almost always “decision-making power”!

      I hope these help!
      The Editor

  6. 1)I think that is true that women worry more about their appearance than men, because women put an especial attention in their own look,with hair care and make-up,in addition to the choice of clothes
    2)i think that women spend the same time as men on social networking sites
    3)it is true that men talk more about things and women talk more about people but also men talk a lot about people and also women talk a lot about things
    4)i agree with the sentence that men are more interested than women in gadgets like phones and tablets,infact sometimes i check on internet the new arrivals
    5)it is true that women are better at multitasking than men because women are more practical and faster than men in doing many and different things
    6)men find it more difficult than women to talk to their friends or family if they have a problem,infact men prefer keeping their own problems for themselves and After a lot of time,Maybe they tell their problems to someone,after thinking and thinking again about this decision
    7)it is true that women spend more time than men talking about celebrities and their lifestyles,because primarily men discussed about sport and make joke,they don’t even know any celebrities
    8)men are more interested than women in power,infact every men at least once in his life tries to show his power for example with arm wrestling or moving something heavy 🙂
    9)is not true that women are less interested in sport than men because also women are interested in being fit.In my opinion more women than men practise sport
    10)men worry as women about the health

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