Stereotyping is a problem that we face perpetually in the world today, and it is somehow, ingrained in nearly every facet of culture and life in general. As people we find it easy to keep our standard perceptions of everything and a lot of the time it hinders us from realizing the true individual. Robert L. Heilbroner, in his essay “Don’t Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgments”, exposed the social problem of Stereotyping and explained the causes and effects of stereotyping each other. Heil who was a Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research in New York for over fifty years uses the combination of rhetorical strategies and vivid examples and suggests that as people, we need to shift away from stereotyping each other and truly open ourselves to the observation of the human being. Heilbroner, in his essay discusses how stereotypes cause us to prejudge different types of people in the world before actually getting to know them. He states examples of how names and nationalities could cloud our judgments, explaining that it saves us the trouble of finding out what people and the world are really like. Heil says that our upbringing affects the way we view our world and all the components in it.
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We begin to typecast in our childhood, Heil explains and adds that we grow up with standardized pictures forming inside of us. He states that the danger lies in letting stereotypes control our actions and beliefs, whether taught or self learned. Is not really impossible to explain the knowledge needed to explain it has not been acquired. People explain things in terms of science. , theory, religion, and just making things up. People have been coming.
To explain the unexplainable. The world is round, but before Magellan's vessels sailed the circumference of the earth people believed. The author also points out the role media plays in promoting this problem. He says that stereotypes are also perpetuated by the advertisements we read, the movies we see and the books we read. He explains that with all the misconception that relays, it forces the public to accept it as fact. The author concludes by providing some suggestions to help ourselves disconnect from this way of thinking.
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He suggests that “becoming suspicious of judging” and becoming aware of the generalization of people could help us avoid stereotyping others. Heil effectively hooks his readers while introducing the topic of his article. He starts up with some rhetorical questions for the readers like “Does the fact that someone wears glasses imply that he is intelligent” (pg 868, n. D). The issue goes much deeper than the rough sleepers we pass on the way to workPerhaps an unkempt individual sitting in an underpass with substance abuse problems and perhaps even criminal tendencies? Such individuals have featured heavily in The Sentinel ’s coverage of the issue all this week.
Rough sleeping is certainly a part – a significant part – of the problem, and the people caught in such a life are among the most vulnerable in society, if they can even be seen as being part of society at all considering how many of us simply walk past without sparing them a second glance. But rough sleeping isn’t the whole problem – and considering how little sympathy some individuals evoke in many Sentinel readers (judging by the comments they leave), perhaps we are running the risk of allowing the issue to be dismissed as a low priority. The irony of smashing stereotypes when you’re a woman working in a male-dominant industry is you will be stereotyped by your sexual preference and childhood. One of the first questions I was asked at TAFE by another apprentice was if I was a lesbian. When I told him I wasn’t, he told me I was the first female tradie he had come across who wasn’t gay. I asked how many female tradies he had come across and he admitted only one.
But, because she was gay, he assumed all female tradies would be the same. I thought the assumption was interesting.