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PostSubject: Thinking about stereotypes   Tue Sep 22, 2009 3:01 am

Looking at the forum I think its quite interesting at the range of people already on here. And so far people aren't what I expected so much so its got me thinking about stereotypes, how they change and what, according to general social views were supposed to be like.

Traveller stereotypes:
Dirty, uneducated, beg, steal, higher regards for horses then children etc

Newer Traveller stereotypes:
Sun bed fanatics, large earrings, transit vans, unemployed etc

Gay and lesbian stereotypes:
Effeminate males, “butch” females, fashion savvy, lisp, promiscuous, men haters etc

For me being a Gay Traveller in the city is something of two halves (I can only imagine what it's like for people living in the countryside). While I can find people and moments of deep and genuine acceptance I often find myself having to face the presence of stereotypes and there consequences (and sadly at times my own misconceptions).

Though I wonder if this can work in our advantage (?). Being in general ignored from traveller information and overlooked by most gay and lesbian support groups the ideas of what a gay traveller doesn't seem to of set yet. So hopefully we can change it.

Looking at the list above it's not looking good is it. So I'm wondering why do you think we use stereotypes? Are they useful? Do they in their own way represent the truth? Or is it all just misinformation for the ignorant? Or is it just easier to believe then ask these questions?
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about stereotypes   Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:08 pm

Sum r sum dnt sum do sum wnt. Just name as its easy and sumtimes ther tru but mstly nt. Easy to say thn fnd out
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about stereotypes   Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:35 pm

why do we use stereotypes? I dont think we choose it, we have been taught it for years n years n years so we r progrmed. Men shud be this, womens that, etc. If u got yer own mind then if u come across someone that dont fit yer sterotypes in your day to day life, its yer business to have a think about that. i do it and i TRY to be not judgment, im no angel beleive me tho lol
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about stereotypes   Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:11 pm

Lol dnt think any of us are angels lol but I do try too! Think ur right its bein conditiond and as Travellers we no how wrong they can be and how damagin. Even if ther r cases where its true they rarely are. Guess its up2each of us to deal with it on our own x
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PostSubject: Re: Thinking about stereotypes   Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:09 pm

jmc u spk a lotta sense man imho
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