Originally posted by hotbakedtater
Really? That's a lie, you "listened" enough to post in this thread. Thank you
for the thread bump, as posting in threads brings them to the top and makes all the members aware they exist!
Originally posted by arbitrarygeneraiist
Whenever I hear somebody mention anything about the "typical American" I instantly realize that the person talking is an idiot. And idiots don't
ever have anything intelligent to say, so I don't listen.
Anyway, what was that about intelligence, again?
Listening actually entails learning something of value. It is a polite and respectful gesture. One that involves the willingness and interest to
learn. People who believe in stereotypes and who describe other people by using stereotypes clearly do not have a broad enough view to contribute
anything of substantive or intelligent value to a conversation, at least not anything other than that person's own ignorance and dullness of mind.
The people who I described in the previous sentence do not deserve that kind of respect and listening beyond the initial intake of a few words,
especially when their ignorant and biased views restrict that individual's ability to better expand and enhance their own cultural and worldly
outlook. It means that the people in question have already accepted those stereotypes, have accepted their own ignorance and perhaps hate, as the
norm... and that's fine with them.
So unless you support stereotypes, racism, bigotry, etc like your post very well may imply, I'm not really sure why you decided to selectively call
me out on my post in the immature way that you did. My response was meant to convey how I don't support stereotypes, and how stereotypes are formed
from a callous ignorance.
For example, I'm going to stereotype you. Let me know how accurate my depiction of you is, and whether or not you appreciate being stereotyped by
By your profile picture I'm assuming you're female. By your original post I'm assuming that you enjoy being classified as the typical American,
which means you are a fat, lazy Mcdonalds eating moron. It means that you are arrogant and selfish, and undeservedly so. Now, by your callow response
to my previous post... which came off as fairly aggressive and direct, I'm going to assume that you hate men (being that I'm male), which
automatically makes you a feminist and a lesbian. And anybody who stereotypes already knows that lesbians, especially the feminist kind, are the butch
and ugly ones who look like redneck truckers. So you probably like Nascar and firearms, too.
Combine all of the following descriptions and labels, and you have effectively been stereotyped as a fat lazy selfish gun-toting lesbian who likes
Nascar and who resembles Larry the Cable Guy. And you must have a lot of cats as well.
Now you tell me, would you rightly listen to a person who stereotyped you like that and who actually believed what he or she said to you? Did you
honestly learn anything from that?
Stereotyping means that I basically conceptualized my own opinion and image of who you are without even bothering to get to know the real you, and I
believe it to be well-informed at that. That's what stereotyping is.
You asked for the reader's view on stereotypes and the typical American stereotype. I gave you my view on stereotypes. My apologies if you wanted
something a little more offensive, but I personally don't like it when somebody generically lumps everybody from a specific country, religion or
ethnic group into one callous classification that embodies personal hate, ignorance, and stupidity. Which is why I called people who stereotype others
idiots. I know. Hypocritical of me, right?
So I'll return to you your own question that you originally posed to me. What was that about intelligence?