A “stereotype” is a cognitive shortcut — that is, it allows your brain to make a flash judgment based on immediately visible characteristics such as gender, race, or age. Thus, these judgments about people are based upon their appearances and first impressions of them. Stereotypes can also be judgments that are made about people that are known to be completely false, but created to harm a person or group of people. Take a minute to think silently about ways in which you feel you have been stereotyped, and write about what happened and how it made you feel. Also, write about how the stereotype itself may cause serious, even injurious, harm to people or groups of people.
When commenting on another student’s blog, discuss the commonalities among your experiences, and the emotions that you felt.