In our minds, there are some hidden thoughts that we sometimes don’t even know exist. Some of these thoughts are stereotypes and prejudices about others based on culture, colour, size or gender.
These stereotypes breathe and live among us without being acknowledged. We try to ignore them but they are enrooted in the society. What’s worse is that people convey their stereotypes and wrap them up as jokes. As if that makes the other person feel better! Like, come on!
We need to realise that every time we see someone of a different shade and back away or get scared, we are conforming to a stereotype. Every time, we tell a girl that she doesn’t understand the stock trends, we are uttering nonsense ( Has happened with me). Everytime, we see someone carrying a cultural marker with them, don’t assume that they are different from us.
There are different types of prejudices and all of them are equally bad. There is no lesser evil here. We can pretend that some of our stereotypes are true but let me tell you that in this changing and developing world, we have no right to judge someone just because of who their ancestors were or what their appearance is like.
Let me just put it out there, if someone tells me one more time that I won’t be able to play sports well because I am not ‘the ideal size’, I will show them how well I can do boxing. If one more time I hear someone telling a guy to take up science because arts is a ‘girly’ field, I will give them a piece of my mind.
It is not our right to pass hurtful comments whenever we feel like it!
I don’t blame anyone for having these thoughts because stereotypes are highly engraved in our society but I blame us for not trying to change that!
So the next time you come across a punjabi, don’t just say ‘you are so loud’. Next time you come across a gujarati, don’t say ‘ kem cho’ (how are you). Next time you see a woman in a burkha, don’t pass mean comments. This list is pretty long but I hope you got the gist.
Society needs to realise that no one conforms to a pattern. We might have some flaws, we might have some beauty so let us make bonds with each other without worrying about these stereotypes.
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