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stereotype

is an overly simple view of someone or a group of people, such as saying, ?short girls aren?t good at basketball.? If you ever find yourself casting people in certain roles without thinking about them as individuals first, you might be using a stereotype.

By the way, did you know that Debbie Black, who is just 5 feet 3 inches tall played professional basketball for 18 seasons? She was the shortest player in the Women?s National Basketball Association league, yet she was named the WNBA?s Defensive Player of the Year in 2001. Movies, TV shows, and even advertisements might cause you to think in stereotypes. For instance, if all the dancers shown in movies, on TV, and in magazines looked the same?all tall and thin, for example?some people might believe that only people who looked that way could be dancers. Stereotypes can prevent people from playing all the wonderful roles that life offers! When in your life have you seen people thinking in stereotypes? How could the world be better if people didn?t think that way? Over a few days or a week or two, keep track of any stereotypes you find around you.

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