Are Positive Stereotypes Bad Too?

Gays are well coordinated and excel at any form of design
Gays are well coordinated and excel at any form of design
Ed Kavishe

Stereotypes are a terrible idea because they lump together vast, diverse groups via gross exaggeration, providing an easy reflex for the slow-witted to reference rather than forcing them to deal with everyone as individuals. But how about when it's a positive stereotype? Should we still march in the streets and scream in protest when a flattering cliche is blanketly applied to a minority group?

Should we cringe and wave our p.c. flags on high whenever someone asserts that:

*Gays are well coordinated and excel at any form of design?

*Blacks can dance?

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*Jews have terrific business acumen and are properly aggressive in the workplace?

*Asians are neat and keep tidy to-do lists?

*Women are extra sensitive?

I say yes! Fight back! Even a nice stereotype is still a reduction of a mass of people to a very limiting idea. It can be used to put all of us in a box rather than view us as folks with minds and styles of our own. So don't tell ME I have good taste, honey. I'll tell you to eat a pile of dogshit!

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