Sloth Mom 🦥 @CaseyExplosion Internet sloth, and gigantic nerd. Avatar by @skutchdraws banner by @LiquidAzalea. She/her. Streaming Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sun at: 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. 

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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