The Harmful Effects of Stereotypical Representation

 

Stereotypes in media can be inaccurate and portray underrepresented groups in a negative light. These stereotypes can be internalized especially by younger children and influence public opinion on underrepresented groups.

“In my experience, stereotypes are the most prevalent issue in the media. They are literally everywhere, and create a very toxic environment for young people. Even the most positive stereotypes have negative connotations that are used to divide and hurt people who do not fit the standards that society expects from us. Whether it is racial stereotypes, gender stereotypes or others, it creates a playground for prejudice to grow throughout our society and formulates the idea that people do not need to think through their behaviour or give opportunities to certain people based on what they seem to be." - Laura Washington (Huang)