Sloth Mom 🦥 @CaseyExplosion Internet sloth, and gigantic nerd. Avatar by @skutchdraws banner by @LiquidAzalea. She/her. Streaming Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sun at: twitch.tv/caseyexplosion Jul. 31, 2019 1 min read

Stereotypes are not data.

I'm dismayed this needs to be said, but thanks to the skull measurers, it needs to be pointed out that "stereotype accuracy denial" isn't a thing because in actuality, stereotypes are notoriously inaccurate.

For example, the stereotype of the French as cowards quick to surrender is directly counter to the fact France has quite a few military victories to say the least. (Spoiler: it's a lot.)

Ireland is a nation of drunkards, right?

Well, you might be surprised to learn Ireland isn't even in the top 10 when it comes to which countries consume the most alcohol.

 https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/who-drinks-the-most-alcohol-consumption-by-country.html 

Hell, just listen to the the word stereotype is colloquially used to dismiss false notions about groups; "Oh, that's just a stereotype." Or for that matter, when we describe a group as "being stereotyped".

Neither example confers a sense of accuracy.


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