SPECTRUM

A movellian's guide to sexuality and gender identity. Like a handbook, only cooler.

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3. An Introduction to Stereotypes

Despite (as my very long list of definitions shows) there being loads of different genders and sexualities, there aren't stereotypes for all of them because most people don't even know they all exist. And I don't know what's worse, really: to be viewed as a stereotype rather than a person, or to be part of a community rarely anyone even acknowledges.

However, there are a substantial amount of stereotypes that I can list, and I will do so in the following chapters of this movella. I was going to include all the stereotypes in this chapter, but there were waaaayyyyyy too many, so each part of the LGBT* community with a sufficient number of stereotypes gets its very own chapter. There are exclamation marks after every stereotype, just to bring home the message that stereotypes of any sort are almost always REALLY, REALLY ANNOYING AND MUST BE STOPPED.

In the words of @BowTiesAreCool: "Stereotypes can make it very difficult for a lot of people. In different situations there can be a lot of pressure to either conform to or completely contradict a stereotype in order to maintain the way someone is seen in a positive way by other people."

Note: Some stereotypes will apply to some people of a specific community, but what is bad is when they are applied to all people of this community. All people are different, and thinking that (for example) all asexual people are basically clones of Sherlock completely dehumanises them as people. YOUR SEXUALITY AND GENDER IDENTITY DO  NOT DEFINE ANYTHING (EXCEPT FOR YOUR SEXUALITY AND GENDET IDENTITY) ABOUT YOU.

 

In the words of @BowTiesAreCool: 'Stereotypes can make it very difficult for a lot of people. In different situations there can be a lot of pressure to either conform to of completely contradict a stereotype in order to maintain the way someone is seen in a positive way be other people.'

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