Generalisation, Stereotyping, Prejudice

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When you think of Generalisation and Stereotyping a lot of things pop-up into your head. e.g Racism, Ageism, Sexism and many many more.

Although many people see themselves as tolerant and unprejudiced, it has become apparent to me in recent years that the world is extremely prejudice.

You maybe thinking at this moment in time, that I’m going to be talking to you about racism or sexism and how they still exist in small quantities, although laws have been passed to stop this from happening. But no, I’m talking about something that keeps on happening day after day and is always looked upon as not being prejudice or judgemental.

So what kind of prejudice is this guy talking about…….?

Well I know its going to sound rather silly but I want everyone to go into this paragraph with an open mind. I’m talking about…

People who are interested in modified cars, who are referred to in nearly every conversation about this topic as “Boy Racers” or “Chavs”.

I find this quite disturbing in many senses really to think that people think everyone who modifies their car is a racer, or someone who’s a (quoted from the English Dictionary)
“Chav – (noun) British, informal, derogatory. a young lower-class person typified by brash and loutish behaviour and the wearing of (real or imitation) designer clothes.”

Although sometime you do get the odd “Chav” driving a modified car, most of them do not fit into this category in the slightest. In fact many modified car drivers are in their mid to late 30’s, and as for the young drivers of modified cars, most of them are in higher education or even work and earn their own living. (most of the time to fund work on our cars)

You may still be thinking at this moment in time “Yeah, but the modified car society still ruins car parks by doing handbrake turns and doughnuts, and ruins lives by causing accidents due to speeding”. Although yes I agree that a minority of owners do drive in an irresponsible manner. But have a think, most people who drive normal unmodified cars drive sensibly, but there is a minority that definitely drive in an irresponsible manner.
In fact in the modified car society, less people drive irresponsibly due to spending lots of money, time and effort on their cars.

So the next time you see a modified car on the road, will you think “Chav” “Boy racer”, Or will you think again, have a double take and think, it could be “Someone who is very passionate about their car”

2 thoughts on “Generalisation, Stereotyping, Prejudice”

  1. BethanTheBarmy says:

    I have an odd feeling that this is aimed at me! You know I kid when I call you a chav Ad! 🙂

  2. WICIDeditor says:

    Great article!

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