I was arguing with a professor once about stereotypes and how they affect us in both direct and indirect ways on discerning levels. After being viewed as a brown Muslim female from Pakistan, I have had my fair share of instances where apparently wise people ended up asking me questions that deserved exasperated sighs and, sometimes, a good punch or two. e.g. “Do you guys in Pakistan kill every girl who wants to study?” and recently “Does everyone wear those black face net things? I heard you can get shot if you don’t.”
Stereotypes are scientifically termed as empirical generalizations based on a particular group of people. Sociologists use these prototypes and descriptions to study rules, exceptions, traits, mores among other commonalities. The average individual with average intellect (and in most cases, reluctance to pick up a book and learn better about something) uses them to encapsulate massive demographic in one ignorant little bubble.
Enough of the sociological jargon. Behold! The stereotypical fundamentalist Pakistani!
Dental cavities stand no chance before him and his tube of halal toothpaste:
Coco Pops and wheat oatmeal, you have been warned. This man will munch your breakfast into oblivion:
Raised with institutionalized hatred against algebra and geometry, this fanatic will do everything in his power to wipe their inky existence away:
His younger sister, another fundamentalist, grew up to become a suicidal quadricyclist.