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Your Opinion: Student Experiences With Stereotypes

Posted in Student Accommodation, Student Life by Melissa Le Clerc on Mar 19th, 2015

We asked four residents if they had ever experienced a stereotype, see what they had to say and if there’s hope for eliminating them one day.

DARYA LEVCHENKI
[23, UKRAINE]

Dara Levchenki

Have you ever experienced a stereotype?
During an interview for a law firm in Cyprus, I was interviewed by a man who was willing to hire me simply based on my looks and country of origin. He didn’t even look at my CV. It was clear that he only wanted eye candy.

How did it make you feel?
It made me feel exceedingly uncomfortable and disappointed. I really needed the job, however I couldn’t allow myself to accept a job simply because of my appearance/ethnicity/gender. I respectfully declined the position explaining that this is not the way to treat women.

Do you think it’s possible to eliminate gender or ethnic stereotypes in your lifetime?
Eliminating gender discrimination in the foreseeable future is probably impossible. To eliminate these stereotypes, I believe the government should strive to better regulate the existing laws, aimed at combating gender discrimination. More rigid and specific laws and public policy initiatives should be implemented that safeguard women’s rights as well as prohibit any type of gender discrimination in the workforce.

HUSSAN SALIM KHAN
[19, PAKISTAN]

Hussan Salim Khan

Have you ever experienced a stereotype?
When I came to London, a guy at college asked me where I was from. When I replied saying I was from Pakistan, he burst out laughing. Upon asking him why he was laughing, he asked me whether I had a bomb under my shirt.

How did it make you feel?
It has become part of society, to judge people or call them names without actually knowing them. It’s nothing new, but it is really frustrating having to deal with the ignorance of people.

Do you think it’s possible to eliminate gender or ethnic stereotypes in your lifetime?
I feel the Government and society itself can take action to alter the fate of stereotypical behaviour. The use of international media could play a vital role in diminishing the use of stereotypes. The government would also have to impose sanctions on media outlets and make sure there is no biased material from which people may develop stereotypical thoughts.

CHENG HU
[20, CHINA]

Cheng Hu

Have you ever experienced a stereotype?
The most common thing that people always assume is that just because I am Chinese I must be very good at Math. I still have to work just as hard as other people in the world.

How did it make you feel?
I feel like this type of stereotype is just not necessary. Everyone has an equal chance to become good at anything as long as they work hard and don’t give up. I know who
I am and I am not going to take it personally, especially from people who don’t even know me. My advice is to ignore meaningless stereotypes.

Do you think it’s possible to eliminate gender or ethnic stereotypes in your lifetime?
I don’t think it’s possible to eliminate but can be changed over time. Women are gradually becoming accepted as leaders because they have shown that they are capable and have many good traits which men may be lacking. I am always trying hard in pursuing my own dreams. I think this is one way to show others that I am capable of doing things which they may have assumed I could not do.

SAHIL MILANI
[23, INDIA]

Sahil Milani

Have you ever experienced a stereotype?
Yes, I have experienced gender stereotyping in both my personal and professional life. I found it easier to deal in a professional environment, as opposed to in my personal life.

How did it make you feel?
Being raised in a society where gender stereotyping is common, I have to admit I went along with it. Sometimes, I felt I was being taken advantage of in some situations which unfortunately I became used to, and went along with it.

Do you think it’s possible to eliminate gender or ethnic stereotypes in your lifetime?
Gender stereotyping has been in my country for years and has established a strong foothold in the society. The new generation is more open minded and have the potential to change this. Society is also changing its perception about giving women equal education, as men and women are now allowed to study the subject of their choice.

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