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Stereotypes

An Open Letter to My Little Sister From Her "Gay Brother"

Ian Oriol | Posted 02.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Ian Oriol

When she says "my gay brother" she doesn't seem to think twice about what that inflicts upon me, or what image that leaves in the minds of her friends. She also neglects the fact that no other trait is described that way.

11 Things Brazilians Are Tired Of Hearing

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 02.03.2016 | Latino Voices

If you've ever assumed that all Brazilians play soccer like Pelé, dance samba like the Queen of Carnival or look like su...

A Conversation About Single Parenting: Advice on How Teachers and Others Can Help Make a Difference

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 01.29.2016 | Education
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We recently came together as two mothers to discuss the stereotypes faced by single parents, single mothers in particular, and the additional stereotypes faced by Black single mothers.

Shielding Students From Stereotypes Helps Way More Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.28.2016 | Science

We all know that negative stereotypes exist and that as a result, people may be discriminated against or denied access to resources without justifica...

Yes, Even Online Dating Has White Privilege

Susie Lee | Posted 01.25.2016 | Media
Susie Lee

The swipe-to-reject sites models of popular dating sites can be utterly frustrating for people of color, because judgments based on photos are highly susceptible to the stereotypes and implicit biases that come into play when viewing photos of strangers.

What I've Realized As an American Muslim Living in the Midwest

Rawan AbuShaban | Posted 01.22.2016 | Religion
Rawan AbuShaban

Living in the Midwest, I realize that the humanity of Muslims is best displayed just by being there. Better than an image of a random person, you witness me.

You Never Know Who You Are Talking To: Making Stigmatizing Assumptions About Health

Chelsea Jack | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Chelsea Jack

I have lived a privileged life made rich by an education and resources that helped me flourish. These privileges separate me from the suffering people in Appalachia who I think and write about. But since my diagnosis, for the first time in my life, I have an immature, but nontrivial, inkling of how social stigma feels.

Wake Up White Writers! When underlying racism sneaks into our work

Tamar Halpern | Posted 01.19.2016 | Arts
Tamar Halpern

Nobody wants to be called a racist. But I'm calling some of us out in Hollywood. I'm not talking about white-cloaked Klansmen burning a cross or Don...

Stuttering and the Power of Suggestion

Katherine Preston | Posted 01.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Katherine Preston

So let's go back to that word association game. What happens if you connect the word 'stutter' with words like 'strength' and 'capability'? How does that change the narrative of someone's life?

Single-Parent Families Are Not 'Less Than' Two-Parent Families

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Dealing with biases and stereotypes is depleting, and serves to tear single parents down, rather than build them up so they have the best chance of succeeding.

How Carrie Fisher Is Leading The Fight Against Ageism

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 01.09.2016 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

It's illegal for employers to allow the age of their workers to influence decisions about hiring, promotion, and retention. There are laws banning discrimination in the workplace on the basis of age in the U.S. as well as the U.K. However, these laws don't mean that ageism doesn't exist in more subtle ways.

You Look Familiar: How Physical Similarity May Contribute to Stereotyping

Cognitive Neuroscience Society | Posted 01.07.2016 | Science
Cognitive Neuroscience Society

If the propensity to generalize social traits based on physical features really does contribute to stereotyping, it's possible that exposure to examples that contradict common stereotypes may lessen prejudice by weakening the perceived link between looks and personality.

One Day, My Kids Will Be Black

Aleichia Williams | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Aleichia Williams

I've deeply considered having kids in a world where they will be black, where the color of their skin and the implications it asserts on their character will constantly be assumed as their reality. It's not something I can control.

Blimey! Americans Have Worse Teeth Than The Brits

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 12.18.2015 | Healthy Living

The stereotype that English people have crooked, yellow, terrible teeth has been played out for decades in television and movies. From "The Big Book o...

Desperately Seeking A New Stereotype As I Near 60

Kimberly Montgomery | Posted 12.17.2015 | Fifty
Kimberly Montgomery

I'm lost in the sea of middle age that doesn't look anything like I envisioned. It's a bit confusing.

The Stereotype of the Damaged North Korean Is Demeaning

Rachel Stine | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Rachel Stine

This compulsion to treat North Koreans as victims, essentially the same in their experiences, who should be showcased as examples of injustice can be found throughout the global human rights community.

Stop Being Politically Correct!

Erin Havel | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Erin Havel

The current push to stop being politically correct is misguided. Especially when many screaming the loudest for its demise are also those who believe all terrorists are Muslim, all African Americans are criminals, and that changing the name of the Washington Redskins is far worse than offending an entire culture of Native Americans.

Negative Thoughts About 'Old People' Linked To Alzheimer's Risk

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.08.2015 | Fifty

A word of caution for anyone who thinks "old people" are just feeble and decrepit -- you might not fare so well yourself when you get to that age. Two...

ReThink Review: "Brooklyn" -- A (White, Christian, Anglophone) Immigrant's Tale

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.04.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Brooklyn is a fine, well-acted, technically-proficient, inoffensive film that is very easy to like. But when a white Christian immigrant in a movie is extended more compassion, understanding, and humanity than actual non-white Muslims fleeing for their lives, we should all wonder why.

The Surprising Science Behind Why People Buy Into Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 12.03.2015 | Black Voices

Have you ever wondered if stereotypes -- from the most innocent to the most harmful -- are true? The latest episode of  MTV News: De...

What I Learned From 4 Years Working At McDonald's

Kate Norquay | Posted 12.04.2015 | Business
Kate Norquay

McDonald's is gross and greasy. But my humiliation, and that of my friends and my family, wasn't because I made burgers. It was because I was supposed to be "better" than that. I realized this attitude was way more gross than shoveling fries. Because I am not better than a McDonald's worker.

New Film On Jordan Davis' Death Exposes The Truth About Racial Bias

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.23.2015 | Black Voices

Monday marks three years since Jordan Davis' death. For his parents Lucy McBath and Ron Davis, it has felt like an eternity. Davis, a black 17-year-ol...

GOP Denying Women Basic Economic Rights

Alev Dudek | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

Women in the U.S.A. to date make approximately 79 cents to every dollar made by men. The reasons for the discrepancy are complex.

Don't Believe the Hype: Charlie Sheen and the Science of HIV Transmission

Jim Downs | Posted 11.18.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Downs

Claiming that Sheen, Hollywood's notorious bad boy, contracted the virus because of sex with many partners only confirms stereotypes about the epidemic that began over three decades ago.

The Internet Didn't Give A Damn About HIV Patients This Week

Josh Robbins | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Josh Robbins

If this is what it is like in 2015 to come out of the closet as living with HIV, and this is the best we can expect from the Internet, I question why many don't understand if HIV stigma still exists. To the Internet: Nobody deserves HIV. Nobody deserves feeling stigmatized.