Archive for December, 2012

Guns and gun rights have been in the news a lot lately. The question raised is whether guns or people are to be blamed for gun violence. Guns are inherently neutral. They are tools to accomplish goals. People determine whether the intent of the gun user to accomplish some goal is reasonable. For example, Hunting […]

Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 10:00 | 0 comments
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To celebrate the new year, I thought I would celebrate the un-stereotype once again. The un-streotype is a message about a group that is counter to the stereotype for that group. See my recent post introducing the concept. Every culture tends to view themselves as unique and special and other cultures as strange and simplistic. […]

Saturday, December 29th, 2012 at 10:30 | 7 comments
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Parenting magazine in its first issue of 2013 has announced that diversity is trending. The magazine cites an undisclosed survey in which 95% of parents who took the survey say “families socialize with friends of a different race, religion, or ethnicity” and 78% say they “make an effort to talk often about diversity and acceptance […]

Friday, December 28th, 2012 at 10:00 | 0 comments
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We all stereotype. But we tend to think of “we” as us stereotyping others. Well, the bad news is that other cultures stereotype you too. To give you an idea of what these stereotypes look like, check out these maps created by Yanko Tsvetkov, a graphic designer. I predict at first you will laugh at […]

Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 10:00 | 0 comments
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Nate Silver, predictor of the 2012 presidential election is gay. I’m not outing him. I’m mentioning it. Mostly I am mentioning it because I want to tell you that it doesn’t matter that he is gay. It doesn’t matter any more than his being Jewish or his being a geek. If you don’t believe me, […]

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 10:00 | 0 comments
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To my great surprise while google-ing myself I came across a thing that communicates stereotypes that I had long since forgotten about. Luckily I had shared it with some friends at The Society for Menstrual Research and they found it worthy of further sharing. The thing is discussed here. After you find out what the […]

Thursday, December 13th, 2012 at 10:00 | 0 comments
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Today, former student Caitlin Mintz enlightens TCS readers about ginger stereotypes. For an interesting news clip about an incident involving ginger identity stereotypes check this out. People with naturally red hair have always been unique. The cause of having red hair is, after all, the result of a gene mutation, so only a small percentage […]

Monday, December 10th, 2012 at 10:00 | 0 comments
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When it comes to stereotypes, class stereotypes are often the most subtle of all. Recently, the news is reporting about a nurse who committed suicide after being fooled in a phone call hoax by Australian radio personalities. The nurse, perceiving the call to be from the Queen of England and Prince Charles actually allowed the […]

Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 16:16 | 0 comments
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Did you ever notice how shopping lists communicate stereotypes? Kezia Dugdale did. LIKE millions of people, Kezia Dugdale decided to go online in search of present ideas for Christmas. But the Lothians Labour MSP was not impressed with some of the gift suggestions she found in the books section of Amazon’s website. They included separate […]

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 10:00 | 0 comments
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The murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chief’s linebacker Jovan Belcher came as a surprise. Successful man, beautiful partner, 3-month old baby. Jovan Belcher was, at least, nice enough to express gratitude to Scott Pioli, his general manager, and Romeo Crennel, his head coach. When horrific events like this happen, people ask, “why would a person to […]

Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 12:54 | 0 comments
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