Men are egoistic creatures.
Women love shopping.
Malays are lazy
Children are noisy.
Thin = pretty = healthy.
Girls are neater than boys.
The Chinese are good in Maths.
The sentences above are examples of stereotyping.
stereotype (n) A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.
One that is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type.
Does stereotyping denote negative or positive elements? Is it all bad? I hope none of my examples above are sensitive or controversial. They are just common statements stereotyping people: gender, age, race, etc.
Over the years, people are being more cautious of what they say. There are issues of equal rights, and labelling or stereotyping can get one in deep water. Nonetheless, those in the marketing line will perhaps find stereotyping handy for their business to prosper.
Having said all this, maybe making generalisations, or stereotyping others should perhaps best be kept to oneself. What do you think? Pause to reflect...
*These are reflections made based on the lesson I conducted on my class - Stereotyping within the Education system*