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Stereotypes What do you expect form a blonde A womans place is in the kitchen Look at the jewelry hes wearing hes probably a drug dealer How many times have we heard statements such as these It is such statements along with numerous others which have caused our society to isolate and stereotype every individual based on past or previous experiences To categorize individuals or a group according to an oversimplified standardized image or idea is to stereotype When we stereotype it affects our ability to understand and accept individuals and various groups of people for who they are Women Police Officers and various ethnic groups are among many who are stereotyped In the early 1800s women were recognized as homemakers However as times changed they began to feel the need to become independent As a result women are now frequently stereotyped more than ever especially in the business environment Men are accustomed to women acquiring positions that require a feminine touch such as nurses secretaries school teachers or other clerical positions Therefore when a woman acquires a position that puts her in higher authority such as a role as a Vice President or CEO of a company she is instantly stereotyped as feeling the need to be dominant Women are also stereotyped by what they wear For example if a woman is wearing an outfit that is tight fitting or wearing a mini skirt she is misconstrued as being too promiscuous Futhermore our society has even come down to stereotyping the many men and women who on a daily risk their lives to serve and protect our community Due to immoral acts initiated by other police officers such as dishonestillegal search and seizures and drug related issues police officers are stereotyped frequently too If a civilian is summoned by an officer to pull over due to a motor vehicle violation and this civilian is of an opposite ethnic background of
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