The next time the lady came in, she requested me. After we got to know each other it turned out she was pretty damn cool and had led quite an interesting life. She discovered that even though I was punked out, I was actually quite tame in my personal life and fairly moderate in my politics. I was her stylist for a number of years, until she passed away.
I was really shy in school. So of course the idiotic Cheerleaders, whorish girls who slept with the teachers, and oafish jocks, copied off of me during tests. They assumed I was a genius of sorts. The joke was on them when the test results were revealed.
MF, I'm pretty shy too, so some people at school consider me an "emo" or whatever that particular subculture is called where you are depressed and want to die. Urm no, actually I'm pretty happy and hyper, so they are very mistaken =/
I dont know why people stereotype me as a flaming fag. Maybe its the fuschia feather boa I wear out, the glitter eyeshadow, my swishy sashay (shawntay) and the fabulouth tone in my voith thats the giveaway. I dunno, what do you think?
I have to say that I really don't mind being stereotyped- there was a point in my life when it bothered me, but not overmuch or overlong. It just isn't that important. If I were denied employment opportunities or threatened in any way it might be a different story, but so far any experiences have been relatively mild and even humorous.
This thread has got me thinking about how far off base I've been in the past about people, but also about how right I've been as well.
It's as Wendy said. People form stereotypes because the human brain is designed to organize data. We have an ability to categorize and analyze information that is unparalleled in the animal kingdom. Unfortunately, sometimes we carry that process too far into our social lives. We end up confining people to our own expectations. The media, being equally susceptible to this, begins spreading the stereotypes. From that point forward, it's very difficult to break down the stereotype.
I've been stereotyped many times as a geek. This is partly a result of my appearance, partly the result of the words I use when I speak, and partly because of how well I've done in school. People who get to know me better soon realize that I don't conform to that stereotype at all. I'm far more sociable than the stereotypical nerd, and far more integrated with other people. I simply have unusual interests and a desire for knowledge.
Whoops, I looked over my first paragraph and realized I was perpetuating my nerd image.