This week in Girl Scouts our troop worked on identifying
stereotypes. It was a great exercise. In the middle of the page they drew a circle and put their name in it. Around it they put more
circles with words that identified them. The next step was to identify
stereotypes (if any) that went with those identifying words.
Example (stereotypes in italics):
They discovered that some stereotypes really did describe
who they were, and some did not. Each person was different. They broke into
groups of 3 afterwards and discussed with each other what they had found. Some
stereotypes made them mad, others they did not care one way or the other. Not
every describing word came with a stereotype.
- Girl X
- Tall = Basketball Player
- Quiet = Shy
- Blonde = Dumb
- Glasses (non designer) = Nerdy smart
The important thing they learned was to not so quickly judge
others, or themselves, by the words that describe them.
This made me think, who am I, what stereotypes do I think of
with those words, which ones identify who I really am and which ones are NOT
Take a few minutes and do this exercise for
yourself – you might be surprised at what you find.
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