BY SARAH LEWIS, Editor-in-Chief
Blondes are idiots, all guys are jerks, girls who like watching sports are pretending to get boys’ attention, and everyone who is smart is probably a loser who doesn’t go out on the weekends. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard assumptions like this, and I’m here to tell the world to stop making them. Not only are stereotypes usually incorrect, they are really starting to get on my nerves.
If I hear one more assumption about how I’m weird and emo because I wear a lot of eyeliner, I’m going to snap and scream “ARE YOU REAL LIFE?” I just like eyeliner, alright? One, it makes feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. Two, it makes my baby blues gleam. And three, I can get exactly two minutes of sleep and a plethora of eyeliner can make me look more bright eyed and bushy tailed than a squirrel.
It’s probably not a good idea to judge a person until you get to know them. Actually meet a person before you tell the world they get around, round, round, round, they get around. The Beach Boys reference, anyone?
Every time I tweet about a sports team or represent any of my teams’ apparel, I’m not doing it to get a man’s attention, TRUST ME. I can guarantee I would probably scare 98 percent of my friends if I were to watch a Red Wings’ game with them if the NHL settles this lockout anytime soon, and they probably won’t, but I digress.
You may say you don’t stereotype people, but you could be wrong. I know that I’ve done it before, and I’m not proud of it. In the past I assumed that the only sorority girls I would ever get along with were my own sisters, and I realized over these past few months that I was dead wrong. I was absolutely wrong to think we were so different.
Not only are they usually insulting and incorrect, but when you make a stereotype or assumption about another person, you’re building up a wall. Imagine how many people you’ve automatically shut out of your life because you most likely condemned them for something that isn’t even true.
Next time you hear a girl say she used to read comic books, believe her before you assume she’s just looking for attention. Don’t think that a dude is an awful person because he didn’t text you back right away.
If you really want to get an accurate picture of a person, ask questions and get to know the truth. Maybe, you’ll find out that you were right all along and that “OMG Rachel really did steal Linda’s boyfriend!” but what if the situation was just a big misunderstanding?
I guess that’s the thing with me…I hate what ifs. I’d rather get to the bottom of something than just leave something in question. Maybe you should check out someone’s grades before you tell people they’re a moron. I recommend you quiz me on the Red Wings before you tell people I pretend to like watching sports to get boys’ attention. I would probably have guys lined up if my Red Wings obsession acted as an attractant.
Think of all the things that make you who you are. Maybe you are really into country music…how would you feel if someone started calling you a redneck and compared you to Sugar Bear from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo? (Yes, I’ve watched that show, and yes it is addicting).
I’ll be sitting over here saying glitter is my favorite color wearing an overload of eyeliner waiting out the NHL lockout. If you want to make deductions about who I am, go ahead, but it’s better if you don’t, I promise.