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1. How do stereotypes distort or misrepresent reality?
2. What is problematic about the metaphorical words that relate to female sexuality?
3. Why doesn't the claim that no harm is meant by the use of ethnic slang terms excuse their use?

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1. How do stereotypes distort or misrepresent reality?

A "stereotype" is a generalization about a person or group of persons. Generalizations are not based on reality as we develop stereotypes when we are unable or unwilling to obtain all of the information we would need to make fair judgments about people or situations. What a person does is that in the absence of information to form the "total or true picture," stereotypes act, in many cases, in a way that allows the person to "fill in the blanks." In this way, stereotypes either distort or misrepresent reality. In fact, society can innocently create and perpetuates stereotypes, but these stereotypes often lead to unfair discrimination and persecution when the stereotype is unfavorable. We often use these stereotypes learned through our society to fill in the blanks, which often misrepresent the person or group of people that it pertains to "Jews are all cheap" "All black people are musical" " females are weak and passive" and so on. This distorts and misrepresents reality. (http://remember.org/guide/History.root.stereotypes.html) Other stereotypes arise out of fear of persons ...

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The solution provides advice in tackling the questions in relation to reality, metaphors and slang as used in the social world (see problems 1-3 above).

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