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Cultural stereotypes

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Cultural stereotypes

  1. 1. Cultural Stereotypes Stereotyping is the portrayal of people or places through a few obvious characteristics… Stereotyping is not only hurtful but it is wrong. Even if the stereotype is correct in some cases, constantly putting someone down based on your own preconceived perceptions will not encourage them to succeed.
  2. 2. Class Upper class- Old money, education at top universities, exclusive clubs, careers in established law or financial firms or medical specialties. Support for cultural activities classical music, art museums. Carefully-prepared meals, many of them at restaurants. Often wearing business clothes, but even casual clothes are upper class styles khaki not denim. If I was to portray a typical upper class person in a film I would do this by selecting the character to display confident and casual behaviour. They walk with a stride as they don’t care for other people’s opinions because as far as their concerned they have money which gives them power and power is everything. Middle class- Successful small businessmen, such as grocers and building contractors. Retirees. Medium-sized homes, often owned. Careful with their money. Careful to always look nice around other people. Church-goers. Old-fashioned home cooking Lower class-Steady but low-wage occupations such as store clerks, beauticians, painters. High school educations. Live in rented housing. Occasionally get into difficulties with family turmoil, trouble with small misdemeanors, pregnancies. Cheap, easily-prepared foods (spaghetti, hamburgers), few fruits and vegetables. Blue jeans the wardrobe mainstay. Pop and rock music constantly going. TV the main entertainment.
  3. 3. Sexuality Sexual stereotypes suggest that any feminine man is gay and any masculine woman is a lesbian. Those who believe gay stereotypes may also believe that homosexuality is immoral and an abomination.
  4. 4. Disability Inspirations- indomitable disabled person, aka “super cripple” overcomes every challenge. Deviant, sinister and Evil – naturally crooked, operate outside normal rules of nature and society, must be contained controlled or destroyed. Victims- vulnerable, weak, tragic object of violence and abuse Exotic freaks- generate feelings of horror, aversion, fear of difference, embarrassment Clowns- comic relief, laughable appearance Twisted and Bitter- Chip on shoulder, whining, acrimonious, angry and difficult Burden and Outcast-costly, non contributing burdens on society, can’t and don’t “fit in” anywhere except amongst others of same kind Non sexual- can never be in a relationship(unless partner is pervert or matyr) Incapable of full participation- Nothing to do with how society is built or organised, just can’t learn, earn, play, socialize, shop, travel, go to a nightclub
  5. 5. Regional Identity stereotypes Scotland: Fat, ginger, accent, wet weather & kilts Liverpool : Crime, football, shell suits, Liverpudlien accent London: Rich and poor contrast, gun crime and stabbing, cockney accent, hoodies Midlands: Gloomy, diverse cultural background, boring, suicidal Wales: Sheep molesters, vast countryside, welsh accent, all live in ‘the valleys’ Ireland: Gingers, fast talking, accent, Guinness, Irish legends, leprechaun, four leaf clover
  6. 6. Age Children- Loud, spoilt, brats, intelligent, easily, amused, annoying, attention seeking, vulnerable, naïve Adults- mature, independent, work-orientated, bossy, wise, stern, caring, look down on teens (stereotypes) Old people- wise, vulnerable, short, weak, forgetful, clumsy, grey haired, knit, bold, wrinkly, smelly, quiet, hunched over, look down on teens Teens- rebellious, lazy, sexual, ego centric, irresponsible, focuses on irrelevant things such as fashion and materialistic objects, give in to peer pressure, cliquish, disrespect authority
  7. 7. Ethnicity An ethnic stereotype is a simplified and often misleading representation of an ethnic group, composed of what are thought to be typical characteristics of members of a given ethnic group. Ethnic stereotypes are commonly portrayed in ethnic jokes, most of which usually considered to be offensive in various degrees. Afro/ Caribbean stereotypes- gangster, fun loving, athletic, sexist/homophobic males, criminal, victim East Asian stereotypes- intelligent, hard working, determined, sinister, lacking emotion Middle eastern/south Asian/arabic- terrorists, glamorous, educated, religious fanatics, oppressed females, sophisticated and cultural White British/American/ European stereotypes- affluent, educated, socially awkward, restrained, moral, arrogant
  8. 8. Gender Common stereotypes of men and women; Men are strong and do all the work Men are the ‘backbone’ Women aren’t as smart as a man Women can’t do as good of a job as a man Girls are not good at sports Guys are messy and unclean Men who spend too much time on the computer or read are geeks

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