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Stereotypes

Why Doing a Google Search Can Be So Damaging

Kelley Raleigh | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Kelley Raleigh

Have you ever Googled yourself and clicked on the images tab? What if you google something you like or want to know more about, click on the images ta...

How Racists Sound To Normal People

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 04.11.2014 | Comedy

Alex Hluch, Steve Clark and Kody Schmidt want racists to know how they sound to everyone else. Think they nailed it? Via Reddit...

Women Can Hit On Men

Sarah Fader | Posted 04.10.2014 | Women
Sarah Fader

Women, we do not need to hold back our sexuality or our desire towards the opposite sex. If you want to ask a man out for coffee or drinks or hot f*cking chocolate, I have three words for you: Go for it.

How To Tell If You're Latino, In One Easy Chart

The Huffington Post | Ana Benedetti | Posted 04.10.2014 | Latino Voices

All Latinos are tamale-eating, chancla-wearing loud-talkers who always, always, always call their grandmother "abuelita." At least that's what eve...

Words Matter (If You Want People to Listen!)

Carrie Wilkens, PhD | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Carrie Wilkens, PhD

Words like "addict," "abuser" and "alcoholic" are widely used indiscriminately to describe people who struggle with substance use issues and are laden with negative connotations for much of the culture. As a psychologist who treats substance use disorders I usually discourage my clients and their families from using these words to describe themselves or their loved one.

Ginger Man: Scott P. Harris, Red Hair and Redheads on Film

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 04.07.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Scott P. Harris still suffered taunts and jibes, dumb or cruel redhead jokes, and apathy or downright rejection from women. Was he going to just put up and shut up? He decided not only not to, but to document his redheadedness, its perils and positives, pejorative comments and possibilities for red-haired men.

A Porn Empowerment Model: SAG or Street

Jennifer Ketcham | Posted 04.03.2014 | Los Angeles
Jennifer Ketcham

What action can the porn industry take to empower porn stars suffering (men or women, both during and after their careers) from the negative stereotypes associated with sex work?

The Men We Date

Ko Im | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Ko Im

Some of us have certain "types." Call it weaknesses or desirable characteristics. There are physical attributes we tend to lean on, but there are also behaviors we fall into and attract or are attracted to, for better or worse.

Being Latino Is Not a Crutch

César Vargas | Posted 03.19.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Being Latino is not a crutch. Society keeps telling us it is. I'm telling you it's not. Believe in yourself. Pass it on to your family, your friends, your children, and society.

Being White in Philly St. Patrick's Day Weekend

j.n. salters | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

As I continued to make my way down the shit show covered in shamrocks, I asked myself, what if all these people outside were black?

Growing Up Gay and Jamaican: As if Being Gay Wasn't Enough

Donovan Thompson | Posted 03.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Donovan Thompson

I remember getting nauseous whenever the topic came up around family. I thought they'd be able to see my inner gay, jumping up and down in the pit of my stomach with a muzzle over his mouth.

The Holocaust and the Inner Ghetto: The Psychology of Jewish Suffering

David Bedrick | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
David Bedrick

The trauma caused by the Holocaust still resonates in the Jewish psyche, causing symptoms physically, emotionally, as well as in their relationships and families.

The Downside to Positive Stereotypes

César Vargas | Posted 03.13.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Unfortunately, we'll have to join the Dark Side for now if we don't want to be marginalized.

Men Are Just As Sensitive As Women

Sarah Fader | Posted 03.13.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

When my 5-year-old son cries, I tell him, "It's OK to cry, honey. Let it out." And I hold him. I rub his back. And guess what? His father tells him the same thing. We believe in encouraging emotions in our children. Emotions are a normal, healthy part of life.

Destined to Stereotype? How the Mind's Gift for Grouping Gets Us Into Trouble

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

While we can't turn off our brain's natural tendency to lump people and things together, we can understand and help influence the meaning we assign to those categories and to push ourselves to think beyond the stereotype. But it takes effort.

President Obama's Brother Crisis

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.04.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The explosion of gangsta rap and the spate of Hollywood violence themed ghetto films have convinced even more Americans that the thug lifestyle is the black lifestyle. It makes little difference whether a young black is a Rhodes Scholar.

To Dismantle the Spokes on the Oppression Wheel

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We can see concepts and issues of oppression as a wheel with each of the separate spokes representing the numerous forms, which continually trample over the rights and the very lives of individuals and entire groups of people.

9 Myths About Young Parents -- And The Reality Behind Them

Jessica Blankenship | Posted 02.27.2014 | Parents
Jessica Blankenship

There are a million reasons to wait until later in life to have kids, but there are arguably just as many reasons to get started young if that's what you want.

The Cloak of Visible Disability

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

If you have a visible disability, especially if you happen to use any sort of adaptive equipment like a wheelchair, walker and/or braces, chances are you also have experienced this cloak with your disability.

US Myths of Latin America Often Ignorant, Inaccurate

Laura Weiss | Posted 02.24.2014 | Latino Voices
Laura Weiss

Many objected when Secretary of State John Kerry referred to Latin America as "the backyard" of the United States last April. While his statement may have been intended as an innocuous comment on geography, the implications of his words represent an all too common attitude about our Southerly neighbors.

Being Called An 'Exotic Beauty' Is Not A Compliment

Erica Barry | Posted 04.18.2014 | Teen
Erica Barry

My mixed identity has forced me to navigate the world in a different way and "learn" to do a lot of things that other people don't have to learn.

Do you propagate 'well-meaning' stereotypes?

Joel Bion | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Joel Bion

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently recalled sharing a stage with Cisco CEO John Chambers where he mentioned to the audience: "I realized that we [...] have called all of our senior women too aggressive, and I'm standing on this stage, and I'm sorry. And I want you to know we're never going to do it again." I was lucky enough to be in the audience.

The Problem With Being First: The Dangers Behind Being the Token Hijabi

Laila Alawa | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion
Laila Alawa

When the day comes that we have a Muslim American woman make it, it'll be the day that her identity is just another part of her, not the reason she was catapulted to fame. Otherwise, we really have not made it. We just will think we have, and that's what needs to be changed.

School Menu Includes Fried Chicken, Watermelon And Cornbread For Black History Month

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.07.2014 | Black Voices

A Black History Month cafeteria special of watermelon, fried chicken and cornbread proposed at an all-girls Catholic school has sparked outrage among ...

America, Home of the Double Standard?

Wardah Khalid | Posted 04.06.2014 | Media
Wardah Khalid

Super Bowl commercials are well-known for their controversial subjects and the chatter they spark post-game, but the conversations following Coca Cola's "America the Beautiful" ad were in a league of their own.