Hello and welcome to show 262 of our podcast “Absolutely Intercultural”. Today we will talk about cultural stereotypes. We have all experienced situations where people tried to stereotype us, probably without even being aware of it. But what is it that makes a stereotype different from a personal opinion? Are stereotypes always harmful to the culture that is stereotyped or do they help cultures to stick together?
In our show, three students tell us a concrete situation, where they were the objects of stereotyping and how those stereotypes affected their personal lives.
In our first category, “absolutely blonde”, Mona tells us about being stereotyped as a woman by a heating technician who assumed that she, as a young woman, would be “dumb and silly” and have no knowledge of the mechanics of the heater in her apartment.
In our second category, Lars tells us how he got stereotyped as “absolutely unsuitable” by an elderly gentleman in his seventies, simply because of his outer appearance.
Finally, in our category, “absolutely African”, Andreas remembers a story where even his own friends unintentionally stereotyped him.
Listen to it and share with us one stereotype you have heard recently!
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The host of this show is: Dr. Laurent Borgmann
Chief Editor: Giorgi Sulaberidze