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Okay, after being inspired by the single mom/mum stereotype thread I wondered what sorts of general stereotypes people encounter? I personally get the "big boobs decent looking chick = no brains" assumption all the time, which is great when I get to tell people I'm doing a PhD and am head tutor at uni for my subject. One guy actually said to me (after holding an intelligent conversation with me) "but you CAN'T be smart. It ruins everything I believed!"<br><br><br><br>
So what stereotypical beliefs have you encountered?
 

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The 'teenage *sshole' one is one of my favourites.<br><br><br><br>
I was fined once (for something as silly as riding my bike on a street where it's not allowed). The rain was pouring down so neither I, nor the officer were in what you'd call a good mood. She started writing up a ticket in the rain (bad move, before she finished it it was too wet) then she moved under a cover to write it.<br><br><br><br>
Naturally she asked me for my name, address, etc. and naturally I gave it (truthfully, mind you). Of course she needed to check it with the authorities. She thought I had faked my address by giving a different house number (come on! I'm not stupid! Grrr).<br><br><br><br>
"But you said 41!" (angry, disproving, gee-another-teenage-punk look).<br><br><br><br>
(raising my voice but not screaming) "I did no such thing, I told the (managed to supress the use of the word bloody) truth, 42!"<br><br><br><br>
"Gee, I guess I didn't quite hear you. Let us keep it at that, shall we." (heavy sarcasm, nearly patronizing tone of voice).
 

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I drive a truck, I am petite, athletic, and dress casually most of the time - therefore, in the eyes of the world, I must be lesbian.
 

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Thin people must have an eating disorder of some kind - no I eat a ton of food every day. I maintain a regular workout schedule and I am just trying to be healthy.<br><br><br><br>
A major in music is an "easy" major - no not really - I barely got out in five years and I took around 20.5 hours of classes almost each semester I was there. Plus I practiced around 5 hours a day on top of my normal school work<br><br><br><br>
When I was a grad assistant, a lot of my students assumed that I would be a pushover and that they didn't have to take me seriously because I wasn't a "real" professor. Boy did that myth evaporate rather quickly - say after the first test <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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lol<br><br><br><br>
well let's see, i'm petite and dress casual. people think i'm a pop-music loving teenager. i'm 22 and listen to metal. go figure. and when my hair was short (think pixie cut) i got lesbian comments as well.<br><br><br><br>
*gets a flashback to a day in highschool standing in the hall with a female friend, someone walks up and says "sooo you two going out?" friend not understanding says "out where?" while i stand there and laugh my ass off*
 

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I have a pierced nose as well as several earrings in each ear & dress like a bit of a hippie. Whenever I used to go into clothing shops etc (say 2 years ago) I'd get followed around as if I was obv a shoplifter or something but never asked if I wanted assistance as I was obv too poor or weird to be able to afford anything. Now that the piercing thing is fashionable I get treated so differently, as if I'm suddenly cool fashion-statement girl & asked every 5 minutes if I want help etc. Weird. A mate of mine with full sleeve tattoos gets treated like he's planning to rob the bank each time he enters one. It's funny at times but ultimately pretty sad that the way you dress or express yourself is so judged...
 

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Yes, I agree, Shewolf, I know some gorgeous men and women who are continually judged by it.<br><br><br><br>
I think the way someone is dressed really makes a difference. I've observed it and experienced it.<br><br><br><br>
I also believe one of the most subtle but pervasive nowadays is racial and all that it entails.<br><br><br><br>
Ha! Herbivore, that's pretty funny but true. The sexist stereotype is pretty bad too. I know many gay and lesbian people and so many are just used to it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I agree. A few years ago I walked into GateWay looking like a bum with my boyfriend, who had long hair at the time and also looked like a bum (hey, it was a Saturday). We had just got both our tax refunds back ($5000+) and was looking for the ultimate PC hook up. We were approached like 10 minutes after wandering around in the store and asked it we needed help. We had a few questions and proceeded to ask. Dude walked away mid sentence to get someone 'more knowledgable'. We waited another 10 min or so while we watched a few of the sales folks wander around with nothing to do. We walked out and never went back. Oh yeah, I wrote a letter to the manager of that location when I finally did end up buying my PC and all the toys that go along with it. I paid $3000+ cash. To twist the knife a little more I sent him a copy of the receipt..hehehe. Hey, lookie what sale you lost by judging a book by it's cover. Cause that day we sure didn't look like we were packing 5g's.
 

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The way someone is dressed definitely makes a difference. I went into a department store once dressed in my oldest jeans and tshirt with no makeup and the salesperson treated me like crap and tried to suggest that I couldn't afford what I was purchasing. A couple months later I went back in dressed in my best work clothes and perfect makeup and he was as nice as pie to me.
 

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I thoroughly enjoy wearing black and red. Dark colors and Naturally pale skin make me an automatic (yay for labels <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> )"Goth" according to most people. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br><br>
lol<br><br>
I don't know a single goth that's half as obsessed with Abercrombie brand jeans as I am.<br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by AusChic</i><br><br><b>Whenever I used to go into clothing shops etc (say 2 years ago) I'd get followed around as if I was obv a shoplifter</b></div>
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I also get followed around as if I were a shoplifter. Grocery stores and clothing stores alike.<br><br>
I once got so fed up with it, I went up to the old-man manager (he was the one following me around) and asked HIM if there was something that I could help him with. When he blushed and said no, I said, "Well, you keep staring at me and to be totally honest you're creeping me out". Then I walked away.<br><br>
He left me alone after that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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As you all have read, I am an Amazon with HUGE (used to be natural) breasts. I'm also blonde, and am told that I am a looker. I tend to be spacey, even though I am well educated and smart.<br><br><br><br>
I have fought the stereotype of "dumb blonde" all of my life. I no longer care. If some young guy can't get his eyes off of my chest, I just stick it out there more to gig 'em on.<br><br><br><br>
I know what I have done with my life thus far, and I have much more that will accomplish. My friends know who I am. The rest is just unimportant to me.<br><br><br><br>
When I shop, mostly I get the "does she really think that she can stuff those breasts of hers into THAT" sort of vibe. I don't care. I shop at Lane Bryant now, and love it. I am on the thin side for that shop (which shouldn't make me feel good, but does - bad character of mine) and their shirts FIT!<br><br><br><br>
I had an opportunity to have a reduction. Screw it. This is how I have always been, and so shall I remain!
 

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BTW, I can not tell you how many times in my life I have been asked if my breast were real. Geeze, as if there are no big breasted blonde in the world that have real breasts (breasts were real - the blonde hair started getting help in my 20's as I was becoming dirty blonde which I hate - now I am platinum with a Susan Powder hair cut - love it - now people REALLY can't figure me out). Also, I look really young. So I get pegged as young, stupid, and out of the ordinary. I can live with that!
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by MsRuthieB</i><br><br><b>We waited another 10 min or so while we watched a few of the sales folks wander around with nothing to do. We walked out and never went back.</b></div>
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Yep, happened to me too. That is so disrespectful and as business people, pretty damn stupid. A lot of people with money don't flash it around; that's a bad way to do business.<br><br><br><br>
I walk out too, and sometimes let them know why before I do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Restaurants do it too. I remember workind with wait staffs that would base their service on how "good for a tip" a person looked. Not me, and I always banked. More often than not, they were wrong. Many used race, clothes, hair and facial expressions as barometers -- dumb.
 

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My wife and I were recently on holiday in S-Africa for a month. I've left a *very* old car with some in-laws to use when we visit.<br><br>
In any town in South Africa there are people who watch your car when you park it somewhere, and you have to pay them when you get back if your car happens to still be there. You need to carry some change in your pocket to pay for this service.<br><br><br><br>
So we are going into town wearing shorts and no shoes in this crappy old car. Most days not a single parking attendant would even acknowledge our presence since they think I won't pay them because I don't drive a shiny new car. The one guy who did 'offer' his services got all the money.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Strix</i><br><br><b>Restaurants do it too. I remember workind with wait staffs that would base their service on how "good for a tip" a person looked. Not me, and I always banked. More often than not, they were wrong. Many used race, clothes, hair and facial expressions as barometers -- dumb.</b></div>
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So true! And most people assume that older teens leave horrible tips (because they usually do). As a waitress, I know what it's like to get stiffed on the tips. It is for this reason that I often leave awsome tips (Generally 30-40%: as long as the waitress/waitor isn't rude).
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by EquiPro</i><br><br><b>As you all have read, I am an Amazon with HUGE (used to be natural) breasts. I'm also blonde, and am told that I am a looker. I tend to be spacey, even though I am well educated and smart.<br><br><br><br>
I have fought the stereotype of "dumb blonde" all of my life. I no longer care. If some young guy can't get his eyes off of my chest, I just stick it out there more to gig 'em on.<br><br><br><br></b></div>
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Yea, blondes have always had it tough in that area. It's hard enough being taken seriously as women, but if people are so shallow to judge based on hair color, one has to wonder about <i>their</i> competency and intelligence level.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by stellar26</i><br><br><b>So true! And most people assume that older teens leave horrible tips (because they usually do). As a waitress, I know what it's like to get stiffed on the tips. It is for this reason that I often leave awsome tips (Generally 30-40%: as long as the waitress/waitor isn't rude).</b></div>
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Haha! Stellar, don't you love waiting on ex-waiters? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I could usually tell after a while that they were servers because they always had such easy-going understanding attitudes, and always left great tips! I can't help it either, I'm a huge tipper <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
And yea, and the "broke teen" stereotype isn't always true!
 
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