What is a Stereotype? | Role of Gender | Grade VII

A stereotype refers to a fixed image of people or a group. When we stereotype people, we begin associating an entire group of people with one quality. For example, when people say girls are ‘gentle’, ‘caring’, ‘sensitive’, etc. and boys are ‘tough’, ‘naughty’, ‘insensitive’, etc., they are actually using stereotypes. Boys and girls are often made to fit into these images created by the society and behave accordingly. These stereotypes determine what girls and boys grow up to believe of themselves and each other, their choices in life, the occupations they choose, etc. For example, boys are usually discouraged from choosing occupations, like as nursing, dancing etc. because traditionally the society has associated these occupations to girls.


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