Rhetoric & Stereotypes

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Although we may not notice it is often that when discussing different groups of individuals we are influenced by the stereotypes significant to each group. Although we as individuals often try not to let stereotypes influence our opinions or beliefs, I must say we are all subject to some form of prejudices if allow stereotypes to influence us. Take for example Politicians, Tattooed Individuals, Feminist, and Senior Citizens these are all groups of people who are often found stereotyped in one way or another, stereotypes being positive or negative for each of these specific groups. Stereotypes are often used in defining a group although “a stereotype is a thought or image about a group of people based on little or no evidence.” (Moore & Parker P.122) For example many individuals feel that Politicians are all gifted educationally when in fact there is no evidence to prove if each politician is truly gifted or not. Many individuals feel that tattoos are for second class citizens or criminals when in fact for some it is simply a hobby or dedication to a lost family member, child, or a way to label themselves with something meaningful for them. Feminist are often seen as women who hate men, when in fact they can actually be the core reason for the act of choice in other women, and the reason women are allowed to vote in today’s society without having to do anything with whether they like or dislike men at all, and also senior citizens are also believed to be co-dependent and fragile when in fact there are many elder individuals who are healthier than some young adults. These stereotypes are often used negatively towards these groups of people and often effect how one addresses the needs, thoughts, or actions of these individual groups. Stereotypes often bring in prejudice that doesn’t exist into a topic when discussing a group of individuals. These biases can affect how
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