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Stereotypes

The Truth About Trafficking

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth Corey

It is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. And if any crime deserves its own month of awareness, it is trafficking. Owning and using another person for your own financial benefit and sense of power is horrific.

A Message for Communications Majors and Those Who Stereotype Them

Christina Berchini | Posted 01.27.2015 | College
Christina Berchini

It wasn't until long after I graduated college that I learned just how stigmatized the "Communications Major" is in this society. As a result of this newfound knowledge, I often find myself hesitating to tell others. If I can avoid bringing up that fact at all, I avoid it.

When Being 'The Good One' Isn't So Great

TueNight | Posted 01.23.2015 | Women
TueNight

The hardest part was to rewrite the narrative of who I was based on what I had internalized from other people's expectations. As if it was some immutable, narrow thing, rather than choices and work.

Can We Please Stop Sexually Objectifying Redheads?

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 01.14.2015 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

Considering all this, it's hard to get behind a day dedicated explicitly to sexualizing redheads, giving carte blanche -- including, of course, a hashtag -- to all those who'd like to kiss, or fantasize about kissing, the ginger of their wet dreams. Respect a Ginger Day 2016, anyone?

Je suis juste moi: I Am Just Me

Zehra Mehdi-Barlas | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
Zehra Mehdi-Barlas

Whenever there is news of a shooting, kidnapping or attack, the first thought that goes through my mind is "Please don't let it be a Muslim" (with "Please don't let it be a Pakistani Muslim" following closely behind). For if it's a Muslim, it will no longer be considered an isolated incident. If it's a Muslim, I have the onerous burden of having to do the following.

'The Interview': No Laughing Matter

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 01.08.2015 | Entertainment
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Why did Sony decide to produce such a satirical, comedy about North Korea and its leader? That will be my perpetual question as stereotyping continues within the western world against Asians. This Orientalism and the concept that the East is weak, feminine, and seeking domination need to be eliminated from western mindset.

3 Stereotypes That Have Inspired Me

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

Most of us have been on the receiving end of a stereotype or two in our lives. Some stereotypes are seemingly more harmless than others. Stereotypes h...

Yagana Shah

Feel Younger Than Your Age? You'll Likely Live Longer

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.16.2014 | Fifty

Age-liars and birthday-deniers... you'd best learn a thing or two from those who are young at heart. People who feel younger than their actual chronol...

Why I'm Glad My Last Name Isn't Kim, Lee or Park

Alicia Chon | Posted 12.09.2014 | College
Alicia Chon

That's why I'm glad my last name isn't Kim, Park, Lee, or any of the common Korean last names from which people draw up stereotypes. I'm a proud Korean-American, but having a more 'unique' Asian name has served me well.

How We Make Decisions on Issues Like Ferguson

Glen McDaniel | Posted 12.08.2014 | Black Voices
Glen McDaniel

It is interesting that in assessing the situation in Ferguson, individuals tend to retreat to their separate opinion corners. It appears you have to be either pro Mike Brown or pro Darren Wilson. More commonly opinions are expressed in terms of which team (or individual) is a demon and which is blameless. Why is this?

What You Should Never Call An Older Person

Eva Moon | Posted 12.03.2014 | Fifty
Eva Moon

I mean it. Stop it right now. I know you meant it as a compliment, but it's not. When people call me 'young at heart' they mean something like active, adventurous, creative, involved. How remarkable for someone who is, well, (whispered) old!

Women in Construction

Kimberly Gallagher | Posted 12.02.2014 | Women
Kimberly Gallagher

I work hard to prove that women have an equal, if not greater place in construction, especially at the management level. While it may remain a primarily male industry for a long time, the role and influence of women of construction will continue to grow and dominate.

The Benefits of Curiosity: 5 Ways to Ignite and Nurture Your Curiosity

Adrienne Partridge | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Adrienne Partridge

One of the most valuable assets of curiosity is its ability to seek to understand another person -- fully and truly -- without judgment. I find that the most open and least judgmental people are curious.

My Struggle With Stereotyping As A Chinese Adoptee

Emily Champion | Posted 01.17.2015 | Teen
Emily Champion

I suppose you could call me a Chinese-American, but truth is, I'm not really all Chinese and I'm not really all American. I feel different ways in different situations.

'Do I Look Like A Slut?'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women

"Why do we need to reassure ourselves that we don't look like 'sluts?' And what is a slut, anyway?" Those are the questions videoblogger Hannah Wi...

What Veterans Have Taught Me About Teaching

Briallen Hopper | Posted 01.10.2015 | Education
Briallen Hopper

Just as much as students need concrete academic help, they need us to notice their drive and their struggle. We can do this by making sure that we acknowledge the work they're putting into the class, whether it's showing up in their grades or not.

How Assumptions and Fears Prevent Us From Serving Those Who Serve

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

If we could get a little better at recognizing that we all lean toward stereotyping and try to keep an open mind as we encounter and engage one another, that would really help on both sides of the veteran equation.

Yagana Shah

Aging Is All In Your Head, Study Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.31.2014 | Fifty

"You can't teach an old dog new tricks," you might joke. Or think to yourself, "I'm too old to do that." Stop it, we beg you. A new study shows percep...

What Hazmat Suits, Ray Rice, and the Washington Redskins Have in Common With Human Trafficking

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Mona Shattell

Leading up to Halloween, there has been a surplus of offensive costumes floating around on the internet -- hazmats suits for Ebola, dressing up like members of ISIS, and making light of domestic violence by dressing up as former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice while holding a doll with a black eye.

This Is What A Cat Dude Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green

Earlier this year we gave lady cat lovers a chance to take back the term "cat lady" and share their feline family members. Now it's the guys' turn to ...

From the Ivory Tower Kitchen: No Curry For You, Come Back One Year!

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 12.21.2014 | Taste
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

There is a perception that my flavors are over-the-top, bold, and that I use spices in all my creations.

Why We Need To Combat Ageism Just Like We Do Racism

High50 | Posted 12.21.2014 | Fifty
High50

'She's a woman of a certain age,' said the chief executive to his senior management team. 'How do you think that will go down with the rest of the company?' Yes, you read that correctly. In 2014, these conversations are still happening around boardroom tables in the world.

We Need to Know More, But the 'Experts' Aren't Helping

James Zogby | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

To hear these "experts" pontificating about Islam or Arab culture is more than annoying. It's downright dangerous. Instead of elevating the discourse, they dumb it down. And instead of making us aware of the enormous complexities involved in these conflict zones, they reduce them to simple and easy clichés.

Take Me Home, Country Roads

Marium Chaudhry | Posted 12.17.2014 | TV
Marium Chaudhry

While watching season four, I feel like slapping myself for getting so caught up in a tale of fiction and for not dismissing stereotypes when I had the chance.

The Movie The Algerian Is an Important Call for Sorely Needed Cultural Dialogue

Bob Cesca | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

We need more films with this message. To remind people that behind all the propaganda, ruthless agendas and simple hate, we are all people, sharing 99.9 percent of our DNA. We need to find ways to come together and get past ancient hatreds and superstitious beliefs.