|Posted by szmdavis on March 26, 2013 at 3:25 PM|
You know, everyone's heard the word 'stereotype' at least once in their lives (unless you live under a rock or something), but stereotypes aren't the thing that makes people take stupid actions and do dumb stuff to others.
It's Stigma and Schemas.
Dictionary.com says Schema is the following:
1. a concept, similar to a universal but limited to phenomenal knowledge, by which an object of knowledge or an idea of pure reason may be apprehended.
And Stigmas are:
1. a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one's reputation.
2. a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease: the stigmata of leprosy.
3. a place or point on the skin that bleeds during certain mental states, as in hysteria.
In simple terms, stigmas are violations of schemas.
Whe someone decides to go against any steroetype (A red head who dies their hair black, a black person being republican, a peacock trying to be chicken....maybe not.) There are always problems, people will look at you like this:
And such. They'll gripe and everything else, but who knows, you might be actually up to something amazing if you keep on (as long as its completely legal). So schemas and stigmas are nothing but a bunch of crap unless they violate beasic social principles like don't rape people or kill folks or anything like that.