Joy's questions of the week

07.21.2017 12:00PM

We were lied to.

Every adult that has ever told a child “It doesn’t matter what other
people think. Only what you think of yourself” lied. Most kids grow up thinking that their opinions are the only ones that matter. We learn to value our own opinions over anyone else, which builds confidence and character. So for the first few years of your life you grow up thinking nothing about judgment; then you become a kindergartner.

In kindergarten kids start to tease, which leads to hurt feeling, and hurt feelings lead to
low self-esteem, false confidence, or becoming a bully to protect oneself. There’s nothing but bad feelings. The cycle of teasing doesn’t end in kindergarten. Once a child becomes a teen, the cycle only becomes more vicious, and, after teenage years, what people think about you becomes a profile for you who are.


What adults fail to tell us as children is that what people think of us can affect the rest
of our life. Who we are is only what someone believes we are. A line from a TV show once said, “Perception is everything. Nothing else matters except what people believe they know” and sometimes that’s the truth.

Here are some example of stereotypes:
● White blonde woman = Sorority Girl
● Asian = Smart
● Woman that knows how to run in heels = Sex Worker
● Male ballet dancers = Gay
● People from the South = Ignorant
● White males from the South = Republican Racists

Now some of these can be perceived as jokes but some are actual stereotypes that can be damaging to a person as a human being.Even when these stereotypes are proven wrong most people won’t accept the truth. Today people are so interested in what they think they know, they’re not willing to accept reality.

Racial profiling

is often used by law enforcement; however, how many times have the police been wrong because of racial profiling. If the last documented report of racial profiling was in 2005, why are police still using it today? Did you know that in Arizona, African Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics were more likely to be stopped in the street even though Whites were more likely to be carrying drugs? Is racial profiling a legitimate way of finding a suspect, or is it a way for common and unjust stereotypes to be used?

Let’s talk Disney.

Disney always seems to presents similar gender roles throughout all of its movies. There is always a girl who has some type of problem and the only way she gets out of it is with a man’s help. movies, the male is always the hero and the female is always the damsel. We fall for the same “romantic” plot every time.Not only are women damsels, but also they must be an image we can live with. Most are pale, thin, and blonde. The only thing these Princesses have in common is that in the end they all conform to what a man or society wants them to.

What Disney fails to realize is that women don’t need men to be successful. Sure they’re nice to have, but I think the growing number of single moms out there would disagree with Disney’s message. And, check this out… as far as the thin thing being how all women should look in order to get a man.


What about you? “What do people really stereotype about you?” “Do I stereotype?” Leave a comment at any of our social media sites with the hashtag #joysquestionoftheweek and let me know! Also leave thoughts on what you think about this weeks question or questions of the week and if you have any you would like me to answer.