Posted 15. März 2013on:
Today I have another interesting topic for you. Have you been “stereotyped” or do you “stereotype” certain people yourself?
I have to admit, I also do stereotype. I think it’s hard to avoid. When I have to deal with certain people and they all behave the same and then, later, I meet another person, I can’t help stereotyping this person. But it’s only because of the experience I’ve had so far, and the more people behave according to a specific stereotype, the more difficult it is to not do it.
There are certain kinds of stereotypes:
men & women
Men are strong and do all the work
Men who spend too much time on the computer or read are geeks
All men are interested in cars
Men don’t do housework and they’re not responsible for taking care of children
They don’t cook
Men like sports and video games
Men are in charge, they’re always at the top
As husbands, men tell their wives what to do
Men are messy
Men are good at math
It is always men who work in science, engineering and other technical fields
Women are supposed to have „clean jobs“ such as secretaries or teachers
Women don’t play sports
Women are supposed to cook and do housework and raise children
They don’t have technical skills and are not good at „hands on“ projects such as car repairs
Women are supposed to look pretty and be looked at
They’re only interested in their physical appearance
I disapprove all of those, except the first one. Men are stronger, by nature.
groups of individuals
Punks wear mohawks, spikes, chains, are a menace to society and are always getting in trouble
Goths wear black clothes, black makeup, are depressed and hated by society
All politicians are philanders and think only of personal gain and benefit
And so on. I don’t want to go into further detail here, we’ll take a closer look at…
Let’s start with the Germans🙂
Beer and sausage lovers. -> True😛 I’d also say coffee lovers.
Lederhosen. -> Nope. Only at events like the Oktoberfest
I guess I have to mention that…
Nazis. -> HELL NO. Is this a widespread German stereotype?
Organized and disciplined, punctual etc. -> Punctual definitely. The rest…hmm… We also demonstrate and complain a lot, so I’d say it depends. Workaholics? No.
Soccer. -> Most men yes. Most women no. (I’m an exception J) But during a world championship all women want to be the biggest soccer fans. I hate that.
Do you know more German stereotypes?
If you want, you can post a comment and follow my example:
I’ll pick 4 countries.
The first 5 things that come into my mind when I think of the USA. I’m honest.
1. guns 2. melting pot 3. fascinating cities 4. fast food 5. celebrities
1. London 2. Queen 3. the English language 4. Darts 5.red telephone boxes & buses
1. poverty 2. zest for life 3. desert 4. AIDS 5. wildlife
1. pasta 2. euro crisis 3. mafia 4. pizza 5. climate
I consciously chose these four, and I assume that many people would post the same/something similar.
You have to visit the country, and meet lots of people, to get an idea of the culture and mentality. There are so many things to learn that you didn’t expect before.
To stereotype doesn’t have to be something negative, though we should try not to do it – everyone is individual.