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“I’m just not attracted to Asian men.”

Asian male stereotypes complicate my love life.
posted by rcraniac on Mar 18, 2014 - 248 comments

 

But it is hard for Ben to take the long view.

I Married A Jew. Published January 1, 1939 in the Atlantic.
posted by prefpara on Oct 29, 2013 - 86 comments

That tour of the whole house thing Americans do is bizarre though

"In New York City, if you yell “where do I get the F train?” at someone they will tell you, they might even STOP to tell you. If you ask them “Excuse me, I was wondering if you have a moment, I’m from out of town and my trying to find the F train, so if you could possibly…” If you set up your question with all that, they will have walked away from you after the fifth word.
In Seattle, if you are pushing your car for some reason, men will appear without a word and help you push. You’ll be pushing, and the next thing you know, there are men on either side of you." -- Cultural Secrets that I Know
posted by MartinWisse on Oct 6, 2013 - 461 comments

Character Writings of the 1600s

The Corranto-Coiner, the Huffing Courtier, the Prater, the Squire of Dames, the Braggadocio Welshman, the Droll, the Pot Poet, the Ingrosser of Corn, the Duke of Bucks, the Drunken Dutchman Resident in England, the Factious Member, the Common Singing Men in Cathedral Churches, the Wittol, the Knight of the Post, and many more neglected stereotypes of 17th century England. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Sep 5, 2013 - 20 comments

A trip to the grocery store

But what would have happened — I can’t know for certain — if the black woman said “This is unfair! Why are you doing this the me?” A glimpse at white privilege and how to use it for good.
posted by Deathalicious on Aug 24, 2013 - 122 comments

Racial Slur or Honorific?

The Other Redskins. 62 US high schools in 22 states currently use the name "Redskins" for one of their sports teams. 28 high schools in 18 states have dropped the mascot over the last 25 years. As public pressure continues to intensify on the Washington Redskins football team to change their name -- one many consider a racial slur that disparages Native Americans -- similar debates are being waged in towns across the country about their local high school teams.
posted by zarq on Jul 2, 2013 - 183 comments

Even nerd misogyny is subject to Rule 63.

"I know the only reason you wear those cargo shorts is to get my attention, okay? I'm not buying it." Ladies, I'm sure you've noticed them on the Internet: Fake Nerd Boys -- a brief rant on the impending demise of a proud but beleaguered subculture. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Jun 14, 2013 - 80 comments

"Never, ever let anybody use your gender as an excuse."

"Women get flustered under fire. They're too fragile, too emotional. They lack the ferocity required to take a life. They can't handle pain. They're a distraction, a threat to cohesion, a provocative tease to close-quartered men. These are the sort of myths you hear from people who oppose the U.S. military's evolving new rules about women in combat. But for women who have already been in combat, who have earned medals fighting alongside men, the war stories they tell don't sound a thing like myths" [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 25, 2013 - 49 comments

The meanest PSA ever?

New York City has announced a new teen pregnancy prevention campaign. Some are calling them the meanest PSAs ever. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Mar 4, 2013 - 107 comments

Every building is made out of rocket launchers.

6 Insane Stereotypes That Movies Can't Seem to Get Over. Cracked.com list of overused, tired and offensive stereotypes of Africa, Asians, women, and more that frequently pop up in mainstream films. "Imagine if every single movie set in America was filmed in Alaska and focused on gang violence -- that's how Africans feel every time they watch a Hollywood movie about warlords fighting in the desert. Which is a problem for their tourism industry: A board member for the Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa even takes the time to explain that there are "middle class people in every African country commuting to work every day, complaining about taxes and watching their kids play soccer every weekend." That's right: Instead of focusing on the rich wildlife and history, the tourism industry actually has to remind people that coming to their country isn't a fucking death warrant."
posted by sweetkid on Feb 27, 2013 - 147 comments

The Everyday Sexism Project

The Everyday Sexism Project collects user-submitted reports from women to document their day-to-day experiences with normalized sexism, including sexual harassment and job discrimination. Entries can be submitted at the site, in an email to founder Laura Bates or to their twitter account. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 20, 2013 - 200 comments

"challenging Casanova"

Guys don't want casual sex: "This stereotype 'tells us that guys are primarily interested in sex, not relationships... This contributes to the notion that guys are emotional clods who are incapable of connecting with their partners because, hey, they’re just guys, and guys are only interested in sex.'... the Wake Forest University professor lays out the current data on young men’s sexual desires and behavior to make a case against this insidious stereotype." Salon interviews Andrew Smiler, author of Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male. [more inside]
posted by flex on Nov 19, 2012 - 122 comments

Sex crazed, but not too picky

Nature constantly engineers new and creative solutions to all sorts of problems—turning our stereotypes about sex upside-down along the way.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 17, 2012 - 16 comments

Why are Americans so…

A map of American state stereotypes, generated by Google autocomplete.
posted by the young rope-rider on Aug 14, 2012 - 121 comments

MamaHope

Take the word AFRICA… without thinking, what images immediately come to mind? War? AIDS? Genocide? Or maybe the vision of a small child with a swollen belly, surrounded by flies? … Too many non-profits ask for your pity by depicting poor, helpless Africans. But like any stereotype, this portrayal has more exceptions than truth.
  • African Men and Hollywood Stereotypes.
  • Call Me Hope
  • Alex presents: Commando

  • posted by Blasdelb on Apr 29, 2012 - 70 comments

    Breaking: Portland’s not that cool, L.A. not that superficial.

    Stereotypes? Fuhgeddaboutit!
    "No one likes a stereotype, unless it’s about someone else — then it’s hilarious. Los Angeles? Celebrity-obsessed lipo-junkies. Portland? Hipster snobs. Boston? Sports fanatics who think that a win for the Sox somehow makes them winners, too. There’s nothing really wrong with these stereotypes — in fact, they give each city a unique cultural identity. How true they are is another matter."
    [more inside]
    posted by ericb on Apr 8, 2012 - 85 comments

    Sorry, Dr. Honeydew

    This is What a Scientist Looks Like
    posted by Miko on Feb 2, 2012 - 101 comments

    Food reporting from the Stephen Bloom School of Journalism

    In a first-person tale of woe, a beleaguered New Yorker stranded in the Land of Lard related his struggle to find adequate vegetarian options [NYT link, featuring obligatory pic of sullen, obese Midwesterners]. Reactions came swiftly, albeit indirectly [also NYT] since, curiously, the article itself lacks a comment section. Best comment: the one touting the multiple and tasty options, including veggie dogs and veggie chili on coney dogs, at the dive bar just across the street from the KC Star. Despite an apparent unfamiliarity with such staples as grilled cheese sandwiches, the cub reporter's failure probably won't keep him down for long. [more inside]
    posted by Madamina on Jan 11, 2012 - 99 comments

    Black Folk Don't

    Black Folk Don't: "a web series... explor[ing] the notion of stereotypes about Black folks both without and within the African American community." [more inside]
    posted by flex on Dec 30, 2011 - 64 comments

    Tacit racism and sexism

    The Implicit Bias & Philosophy International Research Project brings together philosophers, psychologists, and policy professionals to study unconscious biases against members of stigmatized groups. The recommended reading page collects recent scholarly articles available for download. (Previously)
    posted by painquale on Oct 4, 2011 - 10 comments

    Five myths about Africa

    Five myths about Africa.
    posted by - on Aug 13, 2011 - 35 comments

    The Official Gay Card

    So, you think you're gay. Prove it. [more inside]
    posted by ericb on Jun 21, 2011 - 311 comments

    Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

    "A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what these parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it's like inside the family, and whether they could do it too. Well, I can tell them, because I've done it." [more inside]
    posted by typewriter on Jan 9, 2011 - 407 comments

    It’s the latent insecurity

    "Virtually every Irish I’ve known gets mean when he drinks. Particularly the real Irish... The Italians, of course, those people course don’t have their heads screwed on tight. They are wonderful people, but,... The Jews are just a very aggressive and abrasive and obnoxious personality.” Dick Nixon, the taped gift that keeps giving, catalogs ethnic types. [more inside]
    posted by orthogonality on Dec 11, 2010 - 113 comments

    Gimme an "S!"

    Founded by former Philadelphia 76ers cheerleader Darlene Cavalier, Science Cheerleaders is a squad of cheerleaders from professional sports teams who have gone on to have careers in science-related fields. Now they break out the pom-poms to cheerlead for science and challenge the stereotypical image of female scientists. [more inside]
    posted by ChurchHatesTucker on Nov 11, 2010 - 49 comments

    "If my daughter had dressed as Batman, no one would have thought twice about it. No one."

    My Son Is Gay
    posted by zarq on Nov 4, 2010 - 234 comments

    Survey says Whhhhhhaaaaaaaat?

    The Pentagon is currently surveying the troops to gauge their opinion towards gays and the repeal of Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell.  It has recently come to light that previous surveys were done about the fighting man's opinion of 'blacks' and 'jews'. [more inside]
    posted by rzklkng on Jul 22, 2010 - 71 comments

    How to snag your very own Indian!

    How to Date an Indian (Advice for the Non-Indian) by Andrea Miller. [more inside]
    posted by peacheater on Jun 4, 2010 - 117 comments

    The danger of a single story

    Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie on the danger of defining a place or a people by a single story. From TEDGlobal 2009 and via Feministe.
    posted by peacheater on Apr 17, 2010 - 8 comments

    "Now, I don't see race..."

    People afflicted with Williams syndroms are known for their "elfin" appearance, the ease with which they approach and socialize with stranger, and their near-normal language skills. Recent research on children with the rare neurodevelopmental disorder suggests they share another trait: They do not form racial stereotypes. Via.
    posted by Bukvoed on Apr 13, 2010 - 50 comments

    Finger Lickin' Awkward

    KFC are in trouble after an Australian ad hit YouTube. Some say it's racist. KFC themselves say it was a light-hearted look at cricket rivalry intended to play on stereotypes. (Previously)
    posted by mippy on Jan 8, 2010 - 168 comments

    What's a Coastie?

    What's a Coastie? Two University of Wisconsin undergrads record and post to YouTube an ode to "Coasties," out-of-state students who live in expensive off-campus apartments, wear Spandex tights with Uggs, spend their parents' money on designer handbags and Starbucks, and -- oh yeah, like 15% of their classmates but only 1 in 200 Wisconsin natives, are Jews. Controversy ensues.
    posted by escabeche on Dec 24, 2009 - 143 comments

    Shades of Jim Crow and the Black Codes, in 2009

    "I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way." Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish’s 8th Ward in Louisiana, has denied a marriage license to an interracial couple, using Tragic Mulatto reasoning. He claims that children of interracial marriages suffer needlessly, and the couple's union won't last. Previously on MeFi: The Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage
    posted by zarq on Oct 16, 2009 - 189 comments

    we finalized the list by crossing out names that weren't funny

    Top 60 Ghetto Black Names (MLYT) [more inside]
    posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 4, 2009 - 292 comments

    Stereotyping our way to a better EU

    SatiricalCzechArtFilter: A massive art installation at the European Council building in Brussels has raised hackles. Bulgaria, in particular, is not pleased at being represented as a "Turkish Toilet." [more inside]
    posted by LMGM on Jan 14, 2009 - 37 comments

    "I gotta sleep under some Chinaman named after a duck's dork."

    Long Duk Dong: Last of the Hollywood Stereotypes? Related: Whatever Happened to John Hughes? which has an accompanying photo gallery: Where are Hughes' teen stars now? [A previous post about John Hughes here.]
    posted by amyms on Mar 24, 2008 - 69 comments

    Arabian Nights

    Ladies, have you ever dreamt of being whisked away kidnapped by a dashing young Prince? Or being swept off your feet and losing your virginity to a dark and mysterious stranger, who happens to be a Sheikh? Or how about being sold to an Arab aristocracy and living off the rest of your days in married bliss. No? Then how about considering a Royal who is so down-to-earth you won't meet anyone else quite like him? Much better than the alternative of marrying his polar opposite, don't you think? Of course, you can always try and keep it platonic if you wanted to. Welcome to the wonderful world of Sheikhs and Desert Love, where all of your fantasies can come true! (via)
    posted by hadjiboy on Mar 15, 2008 - 44 comments

    What Europeans think of each other

    What Europeans think of each other
    posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 20, 2008 - 76 comments

    Rose Azure, meet Celestino Pink.

    Girls are pink, boys are blue. Always have been, always will be. (Or not?) (via)
    posted by progosk on Feb 12, 2008 - 44 comments

    Understanding Race

    A new look at race through three lenses: History, human variation and lived experience. Be sure to check out some of the quizzes, notably White Men Can't Jump and other assumptions about sports and race. [via SpoFi] A product of the American Anthropological Association.
    posted by psmealey on Feb 3, 2008 - 14 comments

    Mix and match portraiture

    Stereotypes are oddly addictive. Don't miss the earlier editions.
    posted by desjardins on Feb 2, 2008 - 8 comments

    In a time of distrust, what the world needs is......

    New Stereotypes
    posted by lalochezia on Nov 14, 2007 - 44 comments

    Stereotypography

    Why is Lithos is so pervasive on the covers of books by African American authors? What does Hot Tamale, or Bagel, or Faux Chinese imply? Rob Giampietro and Jessica Helfand share ruminations on stereotypography.[3quarksdaily] [Design Observer] [Giampietro+Smith]
    posted by litfit on Oct 21, 2007 - 54 comments

    IANAD but I read comics

    12 medical specialty stereotypes by Dr. Michelle Au (in comic form!) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
    posted by jourman2 on Sep 16, 2007 - 24 comments

    The Zelda/Mario Field Guide

    Destructoid's Guide to Recognizing Your Gamers
    posted by Navelgazer on Aug 5, 2007 - 17 comments

    Bane of My Existence - Because stereotypes are real time-savers.

    Bane of My Existence is a very observant and well done record of idiocy for future historians by illustrator Rod Filbrandt. You of course, are nothing like these drawings. The rest of his blog is pretty good to poke around too. (via Drawn)
    posted by Stan Chin on Jun 19, 2007 - 48 comments

    Gay By Design?

    Gay by Design? : What does your car say about your sexual orientation? Do you drive a lesbaru? Or how about one of the Top Ten Gay Cars of 2007? Are you having a hard time being able to tell if your car is gay or not? Just drive right on over to gaywheels to find out more about cars and the "pink dollar."
    posted by grapefruitmoon on Apr 12, 2007 - 79 comments

    Chris Creamer loves logos

    Chris Creamer's sportslogos.net is a vast archive of current and historical sports logos from leagues large and small, brand new or defunct. Some of my favorite retro logos involve mascots (often anthropomorphized) performing sports-related activities. Of course, some were retired for good reasons.
    posted by kyleg on Aug 30, 2006 - 14 comments

    The role of sniper particularly suits the mentality of the Jap soldier.

    The Punch Below The Belt is a WWII U.S. Government propaganda pamphlet scanned & hosted by our own fake & jonson. [Via Projects]
    posted by guruguy9 on Jul 16, 2006 - 52 comments

    Try LALAPALOOZA on them -- it's a panic!

    How to Spot a Jap... scan of a 1942 US military educational comic strip, illustrated by Milton Canniff.
    posted by crunchland on Jul 6, 2006 - 61 comments

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