Thanks IceAlisa . And thanks to Prancer also, both of you have made some very good points in this thread.
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Well, when my college ballet class was overfilled, the teacher had us do a 100 relevées to weed out the weak.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
So I went searching for some scholarly links about stereotyping and survival and mostly found opinion pieces and stuff created for a more general audience that refers to some of the scholarly work but mostly without an actual cite. (So you can't check if they are misquoting the source or not.)
In a lot of them they distinguish between "good" stereotyping and "bad" stereotyping. In some articles, the good kind was called "generalizations" or "group generalizations" and the bad kind "stereotypes". In another article, though, stereotype was used to describe the general phenomena and prejudice was used for when stereotyping caused harm. So that makes it all more complicated since people can't even seem to agree on what these words mean!
Anyway, this 20/20 article talks about stereotyping in general and how it's a survival mechanism and then talks about a bunch of studies that show that pretty much everyone stereotypes whether they realize it or not.
It's not very rigorous (it's 20/20 after all) but I found it interesting.
Apparently we stereotype because we want to associate with people in our pack and ostracize people not in our pack because that's safer. Well that's what John Stossel says anyway. So it has to be true, right?
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I saw the story on Nancy Grace yesterday, and my first reaction was to beat those two sorry excuses for women and caretakers up. (You probably would too, even if you were a woman.) And I still want to. Those women could have done the right thing and explained to her what chocolate can do to her body, if it's true that she did have that condition. But they didn't. They chose the worst way possible to send a message. They should at least be slapped across their faces at sentencing. Preferably by each relative of the dead girl. 9 times. Okay, I'm being over-dramatic, but when you hear something like this, it sickens you.
This is such an insane story. It's incredible that the child didn't just stop and sit down when she was exhausted. She must be absolutely terrified of the stepmother and grandmother, otherwise it seems impossible to make any child run for that length of time.