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Don't use stereotypes to assess other people

Date published: 6/10/2014

Don't use stereotypes to assess other people

We are Girl Scout Troop 106. We are studying stereotypes in the media for one of our Journeys (a group of badges).

One of the most common stereotypes is that teenagers are rowdy and rebellious.

We see teens all the time on the news or in newspapers reaching amazing goals. A teenager in high school was accepted into all of the Ivy League schools. So many teens are more than rebels and hooligans.

This is not the only stereotype, of course; there are others (such as that non-whites are less than whites, that all Mexicans are illegals, that all popular girls are stupid, that to be beautiful you have to have a perfect body).

Some people think that they need to copy what other people do on movies or TV shows. Most of the people who watch modern television are influenced by the media to think that people have only their predetermined groups.

People stereotype themselves because they want to be cool and fit in with society. People seem to unconsciously group people by what they look like.

What we are trying to say is don't judge people before you know them. People are more than just what they seem. The old saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover," rings true in this situation. Just think next time, before you assume what someone is like.

Amy Helms, Sarah Helms and Alecsis Pillar


The writers are members of Girl Scout Troop 106.