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BY MAHA SIDDIQUI Grade 11


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I'm a guy, so I love sports. I'm a guy, so I don't cry in public. I'm a guy, so I'm going to be the backbone of the family. I'm a guy, so I'm messy and unclean.

They call it stereotypes. I hate stereotypes, I hate them with a passion. Individuals are labelled for something they're not. You're judging a person, based on something they were born with, something that was out of their circle of control. And yet you do it. That blond haired girl who likes coffee is "The white, spoilt girl at Starbucks". That politician who travels in a nice car is probably corrupt (although, I will admit, this is true 99.99% of the time). Oh God no, you were NOT supposed to nod your head to that. See what I mean about stereotyping? Worst of all, the stereotype of the girl expressing her religion of choice by wearing a hijab is part of a "terrorist group".

People need to get a life. If people kept themselves busy with productive things rather than drinking the nonsense media provides them with, I promise you, they'd have enough problems of their own to have any time to judge others. I'm complaining too much? Well, how about I take a break and help the community. Since there's such a deficit of jobs, I'll create a job. I shall call this job "The Stereotyper". The moment a child is born, "The Stereotyper" just has to stamp the forehead of the poor kid: "A girl. Probably not good at sports." Or maybe "Asian. Good grades (for sure)." Seriously though. Think about how the media conditions us to think of these stereotypes. Think about how these stereotypes negatively affect the mindset of the people on either side. And then realize how you can fight against this. In Islam, stereotyping is condemned. There are a lot of stereotypes around different religions and race. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) always encouraged religious tolerance. He said: “Beware! Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, or curtails their rights, or burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud) And stereotyping and passing judgements is nothing but cruelty. And before I end what I have to say (read: end my rant) I'd like to mention, I'm actually a girl. But I still love and play sports. I still don't cry in public. My mom, as opposed to my dad, has always been the backbone of the family, and I'm messy and unclean. Who says girls can’t be those things too?

BY ICHINARU LIGHT Grade 12


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