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The other day in my lunch break at office I started a discussion about stereotypes "I can't really recall how it all started". I just simply asked about experiences with stereotypical issues. It was amazing the many stories I heard and the arguments relating to being stereotyped. I came to a conclusion that EVERYONE no matter who you are has been stereotyped at one point of time or another. Whether it was knowingly or not!
Ever thought how stereotypes had first started? Well, this is what I think is how it all started.
I *think* stereotypes are just the side effect of people grouping themselves with others who are like themselves, and also other people segregating people who are not like themselves. People mostly stick around people they have things in common with, and in our extremely race, age and gender-aware Arab societies, that tends to mean: you stick to people of your own gender/race/age because you all have those experiences (both positive and negative) in common. Grouping yourself like that is bound to develop habits and traits not present in other groups. All nods in agreement when you do something they usually do or approve as 'right' and in the other hand, they might abandon you for coming up with something they aren't used to or consider 'unusual/inappropriate'.
That been said by me, I still don't think that it gives people the right to make assumptions based on a stereotype or a common thought. I hate being stereotyped, and therefore, I wouldn't like to stereotype anyone!