Everyone are unwittingly victim with this stigma, including me or even the highest delegate of human being, and everytime it happen to me or i see someone throwing casual opinion to another. It cringe me that people would have to say random thoughts just because it seems to be normal as it was used to be.
What are the common stereotypes? That includes cultures, gender profiling, and sometime it incorporates appearance. I wont forget the first time i went to school in an well urbanize city i receive numerous stereotyping. It’s funny as i can remember, that let say your about to say something and they know that you came from rural areas—Provinces and they imitate and scold you the way you speak, and the worst is disparaging you if there’s something that you don’t fathom enough due to a scarce information and technology that weren’t available in the province, the term is: “wala yan sa bundok” in my own relay in English translation it seems like shaming you because you don’t have it in your previous where-bout and that your dumb just cause you don’t know anything about it. It does hurt my feelings and it’s hard for me to relate to other people and find new friends. I really thought that it’ll rattle me out, but it came to me that if i let em condescend me at all time, they will never stop, so i step up. There was a time in the first month of school-year that someone in school is trying to oppress me and scare the hell out of me, at the back of my mind it was the perfect time to prove them i am more than what they thought of me. I’m done using violent to apprehend someone so i did it differently, i told them i will do nothing against them unless they use force and that i won’t submit to anyone and anything, yes i came from the province and there’s a lot of things that i don’t know and understand but just give me a month and i’ll peer your knowledge, give me a year and i’ll excel and surpass your wit. There’s a lot of people who grow in the countryside that have unique talent and can potentially vie the people in borough. So if you came from remote area and trying to find your luck in the inner-city don’t be afraid to unleash and showcase your hidden ingenuity, and don’t get affected to what people say especially their stereotypes.
I was not good in academic back in the province, i guess i’m just not into it, not interested at all, and surprisingly when i’m about to accelerate, i just feel the like of learning everything. Lucky for me i found a tool to eliminate my stereotypes. I admit i was overwhelm and fascinated to the new culture and little did i know that i’ll be able to adapt the new type society. Now everytime is see anyone scolding someone’s accent and demoting their knowledge for they came from the province, i proactively put up my stand.
Gender Profiling has the most overrated issue of all time conflicting what men can do and woman can’t and vice versa. In my own opinion both have differences by culture and tradition, there are other things that men can do that woman can’t in terms of behavioral express but that differ in every country, i don’t know here in the philippines men can walk down the street shirtless in addition to peeing just by the corner of the street, funny but that’s true and i don’t know if woman can do it, there might be but let’s just keep it a secret. On the other hand there are things that woman can do that men can’t, ultimately giving birth, in this one i salute every woman in the word, you really run this mother earth and it’s no denial, aside from that, there are few notable things that men can’t do that woman can, i won’t go deeper to it, i guess i’ll just have to sum it up. In this new era we live in an equality type of society, there are things that woman can’t do before that now woman can, and that also involves the set up inside the family, in terms of manpower works it’s admirable that woman can now do what man does. It’s been boundless how changes come through between the differences of both parties. I’m just hoping that stereotype in gender profiling will end in the next few years.
Appearance stereotypes, this is now becoming worst, especially to those what we call “judgmental” people. I can only remember one of my friend that has tattoo in his arms and his chest, then suddenly someone ask me if he was convicted of a crime. In recent years i was told that it’s almost a tradition in prison to put tattoo once you are incarcerated, that’s why till now people would tease someone with tattoo and would easily judge them as ex-con. Now i’m very much glad that people are gradually identifying them as an Artist, and we have to understand that “what others weird is another man’s wonderful” if it makes you feel ugly wearing tattoo, then it feels wonder to others. This addresses to all type of stereotyping by appearance, listen if you don’t have to say anything good to others perhaps minding your own business will do, also the world is full of hatred and insecurities already, how nice it would be to live in a world without the shame of flaws and appreciate what others desire and just celebrate everyone’s individuality. Believe me, its more likely a beautiful place to be with. Let’s all together break the stigma, let us all put an end to stereotypes in all of it’s forms. There’s far more to discuss about this but how about you? are you a victim of a stereotype? i would like to hear it from you.
Breaking stereotypes doesn’t come in pattern, nor a formula, it’ll come in each and everyone to participate on it’s awareness and most importantly is to respect everyone’s individuality and their strength.