I see sometimes on GaG people getting upset over perceived negative stereotypes but if somebody stereotypes a group of people in a positive light they jump right on board with it. Do you think any kind of blanket statements about a group of people is the same or do you pick and choose? Can people take it on a case by case basis or does stereotyping whether you consider it positive or negative just encourages more stereotyping? Anyway I'd love to hear you guys discuss that.
I'm interested to hear from you GaG.
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I don't have a problem with either positive or negative stereotypes as long as they are true, and not misused.
By true I mean it applies to a significant portion of the group in question. It wouldn't even have to be a majority, just significant.
By not misused I mean two things. First it can't used as a form of prejudice. It can't be used to pre judge an individual. Second, even if it's true, if shouldn't be used as a weapon or tool to stir hate or animosity against a group.
I don't think there is anything wrong with acknowledging the differences between people. There are too many people who walk around on eggshells afraid to acknowledge the differences between races, nationalities, ethic groups, religions, or whatever. There really are differences so why not admit it? Some people are so afraid of being labeled racist they can't even talk about many subjects.
I have never once in my life met anyone who took insult to acknowledging differences or asking question about them. As long as the discussions and questions are genuine and non-judgmental most people are glad to give their view about it.1