Rhetoric & Stereotypes


It must address the following points as they pertain to these groups of people 1) politicians,2) tattooed persons) 3Feminists, 40senior citizens. Discuss the stereotypes associated with each of these groups. Provide an explanation of whether these groups invoke the same image to all persons, and if the stereotypes positive, negative, or both. Describe the language and rhetoric that is used to reinforce the stereotype of each group. Is there some “truth” to stereotypes of these groups(and others as well?) end the essay with an in-depth self-appraisal about what you learned about yourself based on Chapter 4-6 and their applicability to stereotypes. Be sure that your essay includes at least 3 on-ebook references in proper APA format. The textbook that we are using is Critical Thinking by Moore & Parker 2007, eight editions, McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


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Various innuendos and misconceptions about other people develop when some individuals start to believe in a certain opinion or idea about the individual or group. In most cases, these opinions and ideas are either untrue or are an oversimplification of the various characteristics that are associated with that group. As human beings, we are all different in ways that make it possible for every individual to be considered a unique character rather than a member of a stereotyped group. Examples of stereotyped groups include feminists, politicians, tattooed persons and senior citizens.


            All feminists are often accused of trying to live inside the world of men, something that cannot happen(Dolan, 2009). According to Sanbonmatsu (2007), a politician is stereotyped as a man rather than woman. The fact that feminist movements are headed by women does not mean that all women to subscribe to these views. People with tattoos are often accused of trying to be the center of attention. The issue of the tattoo, according to Rothenberg (1996), is typical of many other issues that the society leaves out for regulation by unspoken rules. Every society has an inventory of such types of rules.

            Additionally, the younger generation tends to stereotype people of a certain age. The most common stereotype affects senior citizens. Younger people tend to think that all senior citizens are very slow drivers. In other words, stereotyping manifests itself when the thought that “what is true of a certain group of things that are taken collectively is automatically true of these same things taken individually” takes root in the society.

            Stereotyping can manifest itself in any aspect of human lives. It is very important for people to form opinions that are based on all the available facts rather than relying on the things that other people perceive to be the truth or merely partial information.


Dolan, K. (2009) The Impact of Gender Stereotyped Evaluations on Support for Women Candidates, Retrieved on May 3, 2010, from

Rothenberg, K. (1996) Tattooed people as tattooed figures in modern society, Retrieved May 3, 2010, from

Sanbonmatsu, K. (2007) Gender stereotypes and gender preferences on the 2006 ANES pilot study, Retrieved on May 3, 2010, from

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