Most Homophobic State? Isn’t That a Stereotype Too?

December 30th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized
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  1. sggrams
    December 30th, 2013 at 11:57

    Er, your point?

  2. Anastacia Kurylo
    December 30th, 2013 at 13:06

    I’m always hesitant when one stereotype is used to trump another. Don’t get me wrong this is one of the most hysterical video clips I’ve ever seen. I am ever grateful to my friend Bill for digging a copy up for me.

    I call this type of response to stereotypes “Dueling Stereotypes. Where one person makes one stereotypical claim such as “Homosexuals are X” and another person makes another stereotypical claim such as “Southerners are homophobic” as a way to fight against the first stereotype. In a true dueling stereotypes response (in a conversation) there is only one of the stereotypes that ends up as the winner. Clearly the stereotype winner in this case- if only because the video is hysterical- is that southerners are homophobic.

    The problem with a dueling stereotypes response is that it suggests stereotypes are ok to think and stereotypes are ok to communicate. Dueling stereotypes seems like a good way to fight against stereotypes but it actually doesn’t. It just says one stereotype is better than another.

    Well that’s great if you believe in the stereotype that won the duel because you get to think it is ok to have your stereotype. you get to be right. You get to be better than the other group. But you shouldn’t be confused to think that you’ve fought against stereotypes. You haven’t. Actually you’ve more likely reinforced them.

    And if your stereotype didn’t win the duel you’re probably still not convinced that your stereotype is incorrect or in appropriate to say. You just think you battled with the wrong person. After all, a stereotype did win the argument. It just wasn’t your stereotype. Next time you’ll battle with the same stereotype just with someone who is easier to win against, perhaps someone who already agrees with your stereotype in general but not the finer details.

    So my point is, communicating one stereotype to fight another stereotype is not a great strategy to end stereotyping.

    Thanks for giving me the chance to explain myself.

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