From the professionals: How to deal with stereotypes.
A stereotype is a belief that may or may not accurately reflect reality. In addition, they tend to be used as a way to make a person feel better about themselves…people believe or perpetuate stereotypes in order to view themselves in a more positive light. How to deal with stereotypes with all of this?
That stops here. Right now. This very minute. Because. WE. ARE. DONE.
We are dropping this “We-are-our-own-worst-enemy” bag of rocks filled with “self-loathing”, “beating ourselves up”, “treating each other like crap” and “perpetuating negative stereotypes”.
We are leaving it behind and moving on. PSCing, if you will, to a better duty station.
We are going to be self-evaluating, self-reflecting and self-improving. But what we are not going to do? Give any more space in any part of our lives to perpetuate the nonsense of what absolutely is NOT TRUE about our community.
So, the first step in fixing a problem, is recognizing that there IS one.
The next step is to identify it. And, so we do in “How to Deal with These 35 Negative Stereotypes”
We want you to join this conversation. What stereotypes did we miss? Which are the ones that bother you the most? Because by getting all this negativity out of our system…only then can we move forward and past all of this nonsense!
35) We are fat.
34) We are lazy.
33) We pop out a ton of kids.
32) We don’t have our own identity.
31) We don’t care about our appearance.
30) We care too much about our appearance.
29) Officer spouses are snobs.
28) Enlisted spouses are uneducated.
27) We wear our service members rank.
26) We are whiners.
25) We have a sense of entitlement.
24) We are incompetent during deployment.
23) We are free-loaders.
22) We don’t want to work.
21) Our marriages are doomed.