People seem to have this need to put everything in their neat little groups. It helps them stay organized. If they put this in this little group, that’s where it belongs and that means they are/do this, this and this.
That works well with objects, not so much with people.
I’m going to speak from my own personal experience, but I’d love input from people in other “groups” and what they experience.
“Oh you’re a feminist?” that must mean you:
-chastise stay at home mothers.
-only care about women’s problems.
-are a “feminazi”.
-blame everything on the “patriarchal society”.
-are a lonely, fat, ugly woman with a “bob” hair cut (yes I’ve heard a guy say all feminists are lonely, fat, and ugly with butch hair cuts).
-are actually just a lesbian.
-overly sensitive, and will attack someone over anything that could possibly be against a woman.
-will bitch out a guy for doing anything nice for you like opening doors.
-don’t wear a bra.
“Oh you’re a heathen?” that must mean you:
-only listen to Viking metal (not necessarily a bad thing), and always wear their shirts.
-only got into it because of Marvel, and want to do Tom Hiddleston or Chris Hemsworth (because I’m a woman).
-just want an excuse to drink and dress like a Viking (my Friday nights are none of your business Mister!).
-are surrounded by misogynist pigs (because I’m a woman I don’t get called one).
-are a hipster that was too cool for Wicca.
-are a blood thirsty, war monger.
-actually worship the devil, whether you know it or not.
-are super open sexually, since your pagan (or a nice way to say I must get around).
-are doing it for attention from/to impress guys (because I’m a female Heathen).
-must fight with other Heathens about how to interpret the lore.
“Oh you’re a woman?” that must mean you (not to be confused with the feminist one):
-only want attention.
-freak out when you break a nail.
-talk a lot.
-enjoy teasing men.
-lie about how long it takes to get ready.
-lie about your weight and/or age.
-never genuinely compliment another woman, its a petty stab at her.
-only want men to buy you things.
-only want a rich guy.
“Oh you’re a nerd/geek?” that must mean you:
-are doing it for attention from/to impress guys (because I’m a female nerd/geek).
-have no social life.
-have no friends.
-spend all your time on a computer or playing video games.
-burn in the sunlight (I’m a vampire now? I’ll take it as long as I don’t sparkle).
-like all the nerdy/geeky things like WoW, or D & D.
-have no love life/are a virgin.
-must be easy because most guys wouldn’t want me.
*I’m not going to get into all the media stereotypes.*
“Oh your chubby?” that must mean you:
-don’t care about your looks.
-just sit on your ass all day, everyday.
-are easy because most guys wouldn’t want you.
-are funny because you don’t have the looks (not sure how to feel about this one).
-are jealous of women skinnier than you.
-unhealthy, even when compared to people who are skinny and eat nothing but junk.
There are a lot of other groups I fall into, and frankly I don’t feel like getting into them. I’d say about 99% of these are completely wrong, and the one (well one, the feminist being chubby) has nothing to do with the category that I fall into. Some these are assumptions because I’m in both group A and B (usually in one group plus I’m a woman).
It’s seems usually the loudest of different groups are the ones that help shape our view of what the people in said group are or should be/do. Or are completely shaped by media/society.