Good stereotypes?

Luke's picture

Is it just me, or are there a lot of really good gay stereotypes? Don't get me wrong, stereotypes, are never good, but if they are there, they may as well be good! I don't have much of a problem with people assuming that I'm intelligent, well dressed, witty, and good at giving advice when they find out I'm gay. It's a hell of a lot better than a lot of stereotypes! Now, they are rarely true, but we don't have to tell the straight people about that! No worries:)

-Luke

eTgen's picture

Re: Good stereotypes

The thing about stereotypes is that they tend to be changeable, and for the most part true. I guess with the times changing so are the stereotypes, and in the right direction. Its about time that the world recognize how brilliant homos naturally are.

~bEvP

metrored's picture

Good sterotypes=good opression

No matter how good a stereotype feels, or seams, you can't get away for the fact that it means that you're being defined by an outside group of people, usually with little chance of being defined in your own turns.

And in my opinion, some of the "good" gay stereotypes are usually only good for some people. For example, I'll never look act or sound like Will from Will & Grace and I don't particularly want to. More importantly, I don't want people to expect me to be him (or Jack) because they know I'm gay.

Also, since stereotypes can change to being more positive, they can also change back.

daharyn's picture

ditto.

I've had problems similar to Arturo's in the past. (Doesn't it make you want to scream?) Bottom line is that stereotypes, whether positive or negative, suppress the individual. So I don't much care if they're good ones or bad ones.

There is a complication here, though. Stereotypes don't appear out of nowhere. So how is a stereotype perpetuated? How many stereotypes are the result of a grain of truth? How many aren't?

Ahh, the questions.

~Linds

DaySleeper's picture

Sterotypes

Well, the sterotype of a gay guy being well dressed, and a good friend could be a "good" sterotype. But like the others said, a sterotype is never good. But I think as more people come out the sterotypes will either change or kind of dissolve. Hopefully anyway.