After Monday’s post which questioned how stereotypes of black girls evolve, I thought it was only fair to check into some white girl stereotypes. Searching on-line, there were actually numerous articles on the subject of stereotypes of both black and white women; some serious and some satirical. I’m posting two finds here. Please post links to any interesting article or video discoveries you make.
First, is a list poem that appeared on Yahoo! Answers as a response to a student asking for advice on school assignment to write poem on stereotypes of white girls:
I DO NOT BELIEVE IN STEREOTYPES! BUT I DO KNOW A FEW:
eating disorders- bulimic/anorexic/over-eater
wild party girls
let their children control them
say “um” and “like” a lot
try to use sex to get out of things like “tickets”
sense of superiority
look old at a young age
tan too much
These are a few! I didn’t want to go overboard!
The following video is pretty funny–a young woman pleads for the dismantling of white girl stereotypes. It’s funny, and yet, if I was an academic, I’d have to say something about the fact that this is a young, black woman, dressed in a blonde wig, talking about white girl stereotypes, so there should be some kind of discourse about subversion, racial constructs, signs and signifiers, etc., but I am not an academic, and so will leave it up to you all, to add any remarks about the multi-layers of looking at race that are happening here.
SOURCES: Yahoo! Answers, November 2011; www.youtube.com, White Girl Stereotypes, by TajmaNaj, 5/23/2011