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Stereotypes - 1 - Stereotypes: An Evil Necessity Jennifer Ceniceros PHI 103 Barri Mallin April 18, 2011
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Stereotypes - 2 - Stereotypes: An Evil Necessity Old people are crazy, politicians are liars, people with tattoos are trouble and feminists are gay men hating women. These assumptions are what we would call stereotyping. Merriam-Webster defines stereotype as “a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment” (Merriam-Webster). In this paper I will go over the four groups addressed above and discredit the main stereotypes that belong to each. A senior citizen is know as “an elderly person especially one who has retired” (Merriam-Webster). Having worked in a nursing home as a teenager, know the two main stereotypes that are associated with this group. However, since it had been so long since I was in that environment, I decided to spend some time at a local nursing home where my mother is a nurse. It did not take me long to realize that the stereotype that old people are senile is wrong. There was a lady who was only fifty four. I think that most of us would agree that fifty four is not old in this day and age. Unfortunately, this lady was struck with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is “a degenerative brain disease of unknown cause that is the most common form of dementia, that usually starts in late middle age or in old age, that results in progressive memory loss, impaired thinking, disorientation, and
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