Archive for August 31st, 2008

Stereotyping, a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. That’s according to my laptop’s built in dictionary, but if I were to define stereotyping, I would say it the common way, which is nothing but a typical judging the book by it’s cover. When it comes to stereotyping, nothing is left behind; moreover, it doesn’t matter if it’s a good or a bad thing. If Ben and Jerry’s have its crazy assortments of ice cream flavors, by all means, stereotyping has its own variations too. From ethnicity, status quo, practice of faith, and sexuality, stereotyping has been merciless. But of all kinds of stereotyping, the gender issue is the classic. I once read a book written by a famous Indian pandit and it says that “Never trust a woman and a Politician”. After reading it, for sometime, I couldn’t help but hate the author. Since time immemorial, gender stereotyping is the most stagnant and hasn’t moved on.

I had my very first encounter of gender stereotyping when I was in my play group age. Most of my cousins are guys, and we do play together most of the time, but when it comes to physical games like wrestling or choosing the leader of the pact, I was always left out in the corner crying my heart out. My testosterone driven counterparts, always pushed me aside because they said I’m a girl, and that I am weak. Duh, it was so frustrating that I asked my father if I could learn karate, but to my dismayed, father said that I should learn other things that are girl oriented because karate is suitable only for guys. So much for my high hopes and frustrations. In human history, no matter what kind, it is always the men who has the lead role. In fact, most of any written literatures, legends, and even the bible are very much patriarchal. I mean, why can’t they share it to women or to just give credits to them? In the creation story of the bible, Eve was pictured out as the idiotic cause of Adam’s misery, and in modern version, the “dumb blonde” Marilyn Monroe who put a stain on JFK’s clean and sleek image. On the other hand, what about Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for the next and first woman president of United States of America? Isn’t America not ready to have a woman president? To have a woman as the head of the country is a big no no because according to most of my male friends, a woman leader is emotionally weak and not ruthless enough in making bloody decisions. Ah, does it always require testosterones to have balls? I don’t think so. Honestly, I don’t like her that much not because she’s a woman, but because she’s so full of dirty tricks under her sleeves.

To make the game fair, I would say something about Adonis’s side also. We women do stereotype the men too. Most of the time we see them as narcissistic, immature, irresponsible, pompous prick. Sounds too much, but trust me, it’s so true sometimes. Although I consider myself guilty, I still find it not right because I don’t want guys to see women as crazy, over emotional, control freak bitches.

In conclusion, gender stereotyping has been habitual and automatic and almost impossible to control it. In order not to rub more salt to an open wound, I strongly recommend to everybody to always tried the best to not look at people in one shade because I believe that we’re not this body, instead we’re way more beautiful than that.

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Why do people cheat? Is it because of instant reward and satisfaction? Is it because it’s thrilling, so people do it just for the heck of it? There could be a variety of colorful answers, and we’re all gonna try to justify it. One of the prominent institution where cheating happens in any creative ways is at school. I had been a student before, and I had first hand experiences about academic dishonesty. But, does cheating really help students or just brings harm?  Of all the complicated calculus and trigonometry formulas, this is the only thing I can vividly remember from what my math teacher taught, “It is not cheating when you’re not caught”. Ironic isn’t it ?

Academic dishonesty or cheating can be harmful to students. Cheating does not give students any motivation at all, for instead of studying, students will rely more on cheating notes during every examination. When students lie, they don’t learn any skills because they always have to depend on something or someone else. As a result, students end up not having a sense of self-reliability, and they miss the opportunity of exploring the outer bounds of their comfort zones. Too much money and time are also wasted due to cheating. Students will need to retake a failed course and repay the fees. Money will need to be reinvested, which could be utilized for other productive activities. The risk of being suspended or terminated because of dishonesty is not worth the chance of having that on one’s academic record. It is not something a future employer would look highly upon, and it could be an obstacle to getting that dream job.

On the other hand, cheating also robs students of their chance to become competent. Students seem to become loose with their academic goals and sometimes have no goals at all. Due to a lack of goals, students will have a difficult time being successful in their chosen fields. This act of deception is also a hindrance in developing a good relationship between a student and a teacher. Once a student is caught cheating, it’s very difficult for the instructor to trust the student again. Furthermore, even if the student doesn’t cheat and still does well in the class, the teacher is still kind of skeptical.

Addictive deception is a lifelong habit that could really lead to serious damage and not just in studies.For example, he or she will not be the best choice when it comes to relationship with the opposite sex, which I doubt if he’ll even get randomly selected for a date.When a student gets used to cheating, he or she will not just cheat in school, but will also cheat in any given circumstances. As a result, people will not develop a bond of trust towards him or her.

Cheating may be a means of instant academic success and can dish out assortment of multipurpose aids, but it will only lead to more serious unfavorable consequences in the future.

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