Shannon is a 16 year old from Maryland. She enjoys writing, is pro recycling, and loves the Jonas Brothers.
1. Being black means you are “ghetto”
2. If you are black and you don’t act “ghetto”, that means you act like a “white girl/guy”
3.Wearing dark make-up means you are gothic
4. If you are athletic that means you are butch
5. If you go to an all girls school that makes you a slut or a lesbian
6. If you want to have sex you are a skank; If you don’t want to have sex you’re a prude
7. If you’re brainy then that means you’re a “geek” that’s intimidating and boys won’t like you
These are just a few stereotypes that teens deal with on a daily basis. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately because I’ve gotten a few comments recently about my mixed group of friends. So I just wanted to reinforce the fact that stereotypes only encourage pre-judgment and create unnecessary barriers between people.
Stop trying to read me or figure me out. Maybe I like to be unpeggable. I don’t want to be a doll on your shelf or a trophy in your case. I’m an actual person with real thoughts and feelings and as cliché as that sounds, no one can define me but ME.
“Screw the double standard” That’s what they say. Maybe by trying to do that they’ll realize it’s virtually impossible.
“Don’t be too fat, or too thin, or too dark, or too light; don’t be too sexual, or too chaste, or too smart, or too dumb. Be yourself. But make sure you fit in.” -One Tree Hill
*thumbs up, sarcastic smile*
You can never please everyone. So forget the labels, forget to the stereotypes; just focus on being you.