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Media, Labeling and Stereotypes

            Stereotypes and stereotyping has been around for hundreds of years, even though they may not be accurate. By definition, stereotyping is a conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion,or image (www.thefreedictionary.com). We can all be held accountable of stereotyping at one point or another.Whether the stereotypes are towards jocks being dumb or womanizers, preacher's daughters being the "bad girls", Southern people as Hicks or Rednecks, or everyone in band are geeks, they are not always true. One major stereotype out there today that isn't necessarily true is that all blonde girls are dumb. .
             Today, every time someone flips through television channels, chances are, they will come across a typical blonde: beautiful, air-headed, and a bubbly personality. Being exposed to blonde stereotypes in the media causes many people to act out what they see, whether it be verbally or mentally, onto other people who have blonde colored hair. Because the media portrays people who have blonde hair to be dumb, amongst many other stereotypes, it is easier for people to feel justified in saying "she is dumb because she has blonde hair". Even though there have been some movies to try to prove the stereotype as a myth ,such as Legally Blonde and House Bunny, the "dumb blonde" stereotype is still one of the most famous today.
             Not only does media have an effect on the way we see blondes, but so do all of the blonde jokes that people have come up with just to create a great laugh amongst those who listen. Some of these jokes include: "How do you confuse a blonde?" "Put them in a round room and tell them to sit in a corner", or "How do you make a blonde laugh on Monday mornings?" "Tell them a joke on Friday night!" Even though these joke succeed at their purpose of making people laugh, they still create people to think towards all blondes as dumb, which isn't entirely true.

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