Stereotypes are extremely powerful in shaping individual, institutional, and societal ideas about racial/ethnic groups.  Stereotypes are insidious because everyone in a society is aware of them and these ideas lodge deep in our brains leading to a continuum of discrimination.  As scholars, we recognize that these stereotypes are gross characterizations of individual members of a group and entire groups.  Yet, living in a society where these stereotypes are commonly used, we must be conscious of them in order to limit their reach.

In order to envision the extent and overlap of stereotypes in this paper you will list all the stereotypes that come to mind for various racial/ethnic groups x gender identities.  Once you list the stereotypes, review the list and determine patterns that emerge within and across categories of identities.  Using the scholarly sources you are familiar with, explain the impact stereotypes have. This paper should be 3+ pages.

Learning Outcomes

· Identify racial/ethnic-gendered stereotypes

· Explain the impact of stereotypes

· Develop a thesis and supporting evidence in a formal, academic paper


1. Select three racial/ethnic group categories and one gender for each category to do an intersectional analysis of stereotypes

2. List the stereotypes of the racial/ethnic group x gender

3. Identify patterns across the stereotypes you selected (e.g. What is similar among the stereotypes?  What is unique?)

4. Detail the impact the stereotypes you identify has on groups and society as a whole

5. Use scholarly sources to support your assertions

Scholarly Sources: All scholars refer to one another’s writings to support our own ideas.  Scholarly sources include books, journal articles (use the library to find lots of great journal articles; JSTOR is very useful), and government documents (Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, etc).  Newspaper articles, Wikipedia, websites, online blogs, etc. are not scholarly sources (they can be used for additional information or context).




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