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Let's Assume ...

Sunday, November 15, 2015 Or let's not!  Just because I am a Christian one might assume I want Roe vs Wade over turned, or that I am against gay marriage, or that I think that I am getting into heaven and anyone who doesn't agree with me is not. Because a woman is blond does not automatically make her dumb.  Because a man is Italian and wears really nice tailored suits does not make him part of the mafia.  And just because a person is Muslim does not make them anti-American or a terrorist.  These can all be described as stereotypes. Stereotype - A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. Stereotypes are good for one thing - comedy.  And when using a stereotype in a comedic formulation it is meant to be funny because the fact is that stereotypes are wrong!  It would be wonderful if stereotypes were spot on; we would always know exactly what to expect from a jock, a Jew, or a gypsy.  However, they are not spot on and even if a particular person or thing does fall neatly into the box of a certain stereotype that does not make that okay! Stop assuming that just because I am female I get over emotional at certain times of the month,  I live for chocolate, and I have a million pairs of shoes. (Now, I do have quite a few pairs of shoes however, so does my father and I can assure you he is 100% NOT a woman!)  And as far as chocolate goes I could live the rest of my life without it, though I do not think my husband or son could, and again, they are not women! I understand that it is human nature to have a predisposition towards certain things and based on past experiences people will come up with a conclusion.  All I am saying is do not lump an entire ... well, an entire anything into one category.  Spouting off on your facebooks, reddits, and twitters that an entire group should be eliminated only makes you sound uneducated and like Hitler.  You may have the best intentions but really?  I am also not saying to turn a blind eye to what is happening around our world today.  I do not walk around oblivious with rose colored glasses on however, I also do not think that everyone who does not look like me or who does not think like me should be annihilated. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone is allowed to agree or disagree however, if you are just spouting off stereotypes and not really adding to the discussion or not even thinking about entertaining any idea other than "Let's just wipe them off the face of the Earth," (and you are putting innocent "thems" in with the guilty ones) ... then really, you are a part of the problem. Posted by MommaHattie at 6:28 PM

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