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What makes a stereotype offensive?

Anonymous
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?? Why are some stereotypes alright and others are offensive?

Posted by Anonymous on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:37 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:38 PM
They are only offensive if you worry they are true or use them to hurt others.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:41 PM


Quoting Anonymous 2: They are only offensive if you worry they are true or use them to hurt others.

What do you mean, if you worry they are true?

FoxFire363
by on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:42 PM
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They are offensive because they make sweeping generalizations about large groups of people. Also, stereotypes don't come in ok and not ok forms.
the_dude
by abides on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:43 PM
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No one likes having blankets tossed on them. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:43 PM

They are only offensive if the person represented by the stereotype finds them to be offensive.  Just like sexual harassment is only sexual harassment if the person on the receiving end finds it to be offensive.

only_1_4_me
by Silver Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:44 PM

I think anything untrue is not ok.. If the stereotype is TRUE, then what is there to be offended by?

Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Rule of thumb:  if you can't make fun of your own race, heritage, etc.  Then most people will find stereotypes that you joke about offensive.

Fairest1ofall
by Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:44 PM
Youre an idiot, stereotypes are generalizations. They set limits on people, period.

Quoting Anonymous 2: They are only offensive if you worry they are true or use them to hurt others.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 5 on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM
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No stereotype is true for everyone, thus the issue. Did you not know that? 

Quoting only_1_4_me:

I think anything untrue is not ok.. If the stereotype is TRUE, then what is there to be offended by?


Anonymous
by Anonymous 6 on Dec. 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM
Exactly. And they may not even apply to said indidviual. So how would you feel if someone assumed you were a certain way? And you were not. Its harsh and judging someone you do not know.

Quoting FoxFire363: They are offensive because they make sweeping generalizations about large groups of people. Also, stereotypes don't come in ok and not ok forms.
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