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A term used to define all people of a certain belief into a mostly negative category that may only reflect a selected few of the racial demographics. All people of all nationalities have been victims of being stereotyped, even those whom have made most of the stereotypes of other people.

Note: Most stereotypes are involuntarily lived out by a small segment of who they are made to offend. Here are a few examples of stereotypes.
1.) That all white women have flat booties.
2.) That all Jews are greedy.
3.) That all blacks are lazy, on welfare, and don't believe in marriage before child barring.
4.) That all Asians are good at math.
5.) That all Arabs are angry people that like to blow shit up.
6.) That ALL black men are hung like elephants.
7.) ALL white men are hung like squirrels.
8.) All blacks crave chicken and watermelon.
9.) All blacks are hostile and will quickly bust a cap in your ass.
10.) That all Mexicans like to drive around 15-17 deep in a small ass car.
11.) That all white people get angry when they cant get jobs and see others moving ahead.
12.) That all Asains like to eat rice and drive slow.
13. That all Irish people are drunks and eat potatoes.

These are just a few..however not everyone live this lifestyle and therefor should be judged on individuality instead of being grouped as a whole.
by Mr. Dwayne July 05, 2005
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A stereotype is used to catergorize a group of people. People don't understand that type of person, so they put them into classifications, thinking that everyone who is that needs to be like that, or anyone who acts like their classifications is one.
Stereotype for Goths are black clothes, black makeup, depressed, hated by society.
Stereotype for Punks are mohawks, spikes, chains, menace to society, always getting in trouble.
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a perception of a person or thing that applies those attributes most commonly associated with the group that such person or thing belongs to, regardless of whether that perception is true. This word has gained a negative connotation and is more commonly associated with discrimination, when in reality it is a natural mechanism used by people to better understand the world. This is why when someone says "hockey player" you think of a white guy, or "rapper" and you think of a black guy, or "city" and you think of things like skyscrapers.
Stereotypes are often good and helpful things, but discrimination on the basis of prejudice/stereotypes often has negative effects.
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People should stop posting how much they hate stuff. It's not hard, just dont listen to it.
"I hate goths, I hate emo kids, ect"
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A label, usually used negatively towards a person or a group of people, race, religion, or orientation.

Usually people who stereotype (95% of the people on this website) need a reality check, for sure.
Stereotyper's most commonly assume things like, 'Oh my God, she's Canadian so she must say eh after everything!' or 'He's Irish, he's gonna be a drunk!'.
Most of them, stop after awhile and grow up.
Some intill it into their children, and
there goes the intelligence of another
Stereotypes are, but aren't limited to:
1) I'm Asian so I must be smart.
2) I'm skinny so I must be anorexic.
3) I'm Italian so I must be a mobster.
4) I'm blond so I must be stupid.
5) I'm a cheerleader so I must be a slut.
6) I'm black so I must own a gun.
7) I'm Mexican so I must be poor.
8)I'm Christian so I must be a Bible thumper.
9) I'm Jewish so I must be a JAP.
10) I'm Muslim so I must be a terrorist.
11) I'm pale so I must be Goth.
12) I like Hello Kitty so I must be scene.
13) He's gay so he must like shopping.
14) I like My Chemical Romance so I must be emo.

Nobody likes Stereotypes...
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A stereotype is a label given to a person, a prequisite judgement. It goes hand in hand with bias, prejudice, and discrimination.
Joe is a Middle Eastern, "gothic" gay person. Because of this, people assume that he is a morbid, suicidal terrorist that has a strong passion for interior decorating. In fact, he dresses gothic because of the music he listens to, and he likes the style. He is perfectly happy, and is in several school programs to help suicidal kids. He also is a Good Smaritan. He was born in the US and is planning on joining the military as an ROTC scholar. He wants to stop terrorism. He hates design in all ways.
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Whether its media or people who categorise and label others to make themselves feel superior.
examples of stereotypes include:

All muslims are terrorists and want to kill people in suicide bombings. (what a loada crap)

All chinese people are very clever

Americans are all obese

All emo people do is sit down and think about how the world sucks and cut themselves and end up killing themselves.

Black people are deadly gangsters

People who listen to rap are gang members

People who listen to rock/punk/etc are emo/gothic and that R'n'B,hiphop and shit like that is the 'right' music to listen to.
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