Do you have any prejudices?

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I'm generally prejudiced against people who beat me up. Call it irrational if you want, I just don't feel comfortable around someone who just knocked my lunch out of my stomach.

Yes. I am prejudiced against people who practice "Alternative" medicine. It is not a good thing, either, but I can't help it. I know that many intelligent people use alternative medicines, but as a Medical Student I have the tendency to jump to the conclusion that someone must be an absolute idiot if they use Alternative/Complimentary Medicine.

This is not a helpful attitude to have. Many patients take Alternative medicines. If I think they are all stupid for doing so, then I'm going to be spending a lot of my time thinking that many of my patients are idiots - and I know that to not be the case. The majority of the patients I have seen, as a student, have not been stupid. Ignorant? Yes, but we're all ignorant of something. I'm largely ignorant of foreign languages, japanese history and physics. I can't really hold it against people if they haven't spent hours learning about the histology of the liver and the biochemical mechanisms behind Alcoholic Steatohepatitis, because why WOULD most people spend time learning about that stuff? It doesn't interest them, and it's logical to not spend time learning about things you're not interested in.

So I get it - most people who take CAM (Complimentary/Alternative Medicine) are NOT stupid. They're ignorant, but everyone is ignorant about something. CAM users are human beings like you and me and deserve to be treated with respect regardless of their decisions.

But I still grind my teeth and think "STUPID! STUPID! STUPID!" every time I hear someone say "And these green crystals will help heal my arthritis, because of their natural energy!" or "I had this headache and then I started wearing this magnet head-band and three hours later my headache went away!".

Korolev:
Yes. I am prejudiced against people who practice "Alternative" medicine. It is not a good thing, either, but I can't help it. I know that many intelligent people use alternative medicines, but as a Medical Student I have the tendency to jump to the conclusion that someone must be an absolute idiot if they use Alternative/Complimentary Medicine.

This is not a helpful attitude to have. Many patients take Alternative medicines. If I think they are all stupid for doing so, then I'm going to be spending a lot of my time thinking that many of my patients are idiots - and I know that to not be the case. The majority of the patients I have seen, as a student, have not been stupid. Ignorant? Yes, but we're all ignorant of something. I'm largely ignorant of foreign languages, japanese history and physics. I can't really hold it against people if they haven't spent hours learning about the histology of the liver and the biochemical mechanisms behind Alcoholic Steatohepatitis, because why WOULD most people spend time learning about that stuff? It doesn't interest them, and it's logical to not spend time learning about things you're not interested in.

So I get it - most people who take CAM (Complimentary/Alternative Medicine) are NOT stupid. They're ignorant, but everyone is ignorant about something. CAM users are human beings like you and me and deserve to be treated with respect regardless of their decisions.

But I still grind my teeth and think "STUPID! STUPID! STUPID!" every time I hear someone say "And these green crystals will help heal my arthritis, because of their natural energy!" or "I had this headache and then I started wearing this magnet head-band and three hours later my headache went away!".

It must be REALLY annoying to have your hard work shared with prayer and CAM. I had a teacher deny me access to a nurse because she could heal me if I would "open my heart to her inner eye".

- I hate intolerant people. Or close-minded. In my high school (it was an all-girls Catholic school) there were two teachers who everyone highly respected/admired. They we're really awesome, inspiring and strong women with a firm set of morals. I thought they were awesome. Everyone did. But now, I'm in college and I met a few alumnae who were a batch higher than me and a party. They told me about the rumors that these two teachers we're in a relationship and the younger one was living with the older one. (One was separated from her husband, not divorced cus divorce is still illegal here and the other I have no idea) The were very scandalized by the news, almost disgusted. I said something along these lines of "Well... They're still really good teachers and their personal lives shouldn't be our business." Their response: "So? They're supposed to be teaching us about morals!"

Now, I'd use that argument if I found out my teacher was a drug addict or an ex-criminal or a pornstar. I'd be pretty outraged by that. But... For me, they're just two women who we're lonely and fell in love. What's so bad about that? I get that this is a conservative country... But still. I guess by their morals it's scandalous but for me... I don't think their sexual orientation should matter. It's not like they're open about it. They don't announce that they're dating. In fact, they keep it secret (which I think is the right thing to do in cases like these) and since they don't broadcast it, we don't have the right to stick our noses in their business when what they do doesn't negatively impact us at all. They're still the teachers I idolized back in high school, and now I think I have even more respect for them. I never told anyone else (aside from this forum, which is anonymous) about this cus I'm afraid it might spread and angry parents will be asking for their resignation.

- But on the same note... I don't like cross dressing. Er... I had a conversation with a gay college friend of mine once. He told me how he hated other gays who cross-dress or act overly flamboyant. He says it's what gives them a bad name and gets them discriminated on. I agree. Heck, he doesn't even look gay. He looks more like a tomboyish girl. He dressed nicely. His clothes are pants, and sweaters, and sneakers and they're "soft" or somewhat girly but he doesn't buy clothes that are meant for girls. You get what I mean? In fact, one time he told me he'd never get a boyfriend even if he wanted to and I was like, why??? You should have the right to be happy with someone you love. He says his friends said its indecent. I just hope he finds the right guy one day. Haha, I remember he used to have a crush on my boyfriend actually. Well, honesty, I dunno about America where when I see depictions of gay guys in America they look alright no problem. But here, oh god, they dress like hookers. It's already disgusting when a women dresses like that, what more on men?

Dunno, I'm a firm believer of "lady in the streets, freak in the sheets" kinda thing. Do whatever you want in private but try to keep a conservative/decent imagine in public if you don't want to get judged/shamed. If some people are more open about it, alright. I guess in Western societies it's good to be very open. Good for you. But here/for me, there is still a concept of shame. And I think that's good too.

- Like someone here said, I hate cultures where women are treated no better than pieces of meat. Heck, that expands beyond women. when people are treated horribly because of their gender/race/religion/sexual orientation/whatever.

- But I also don't like it when people are SO "yay equality!" or are so Politically Correct its ridiculous. They can't even accept that maybe men and women are different! That women are better caregivers and men are better at math. I highly recommend the series of documentaries called "Brainwash" on youtube. Sometimes stereotypes have a semblance of truth in them. Certain gender roles aren't inherently bad, I think, it's how we treat people based on those gender roles. I feel like these people going "We're only different on the outside, inside we're the exact same!" are wrong. I honestly feel like people (feminists especially) push the whole we're the same/no biological component/Gender roles and patriarchy are to blame shtick think traditionally female roles are 'inferior' or 'bad' or 'useless' etc. I beg to differ! I think being a mom is one of the toughest and most rewarding jobs ever. I'd much rather see my kid or husband become a CEO than be a CEO myself. It's taken for granted so much. I feel like these women would rather become men or something. What's so bad about being a woman? :/

Differences should be good. So we're different, ok. We should learn how to accept each other and not treat someone poorly because they are not the same. This is what equality is, not making everyone out to be the same because its simply not true.

- Men who demand a perfect, beautiful woman when he himself looks like an ape. WTF?

Palestinians.
I suspect this'll cause some drama, but there's solid reasoning.
I spent seven years in my country's Air Force, doing three tours to Afghanistan and a few trips to other places, but the relevant one here is the week-and-a-half I spent is Jordan, in the city of Aqaba.
As myself and a few others were walking back to the hotel from the centre of town we started getting harassed by a taxi driver, which is not uncommon as they're fairly aggressive in their attempts to solicit custom, not unlike the market traders.
We explained that we were only walking to the hotel 150m down the road and so did not need a taxi, he didn't seem to take this explanation to heart and carried on until we grew tired of being polite and simply walked away.
He followed us in the taxi (by which point we were ignoring him) for another 20m or so until the cars backing up behind him forced him to move on, he drove to the roundabout and turned back around to head in the opposite direction. At the roundabout behind us he turned around again and drove up to us, at which point he carried on as before, we were only about 30m from the hotel when he stopped the car and got out, produced a handgun and told us to get in the car.
We carried on walking, as the hotel had a guard with an M4 on the gate, and there was no chance he'd actually shoot us.
When we got to the hotel gate we thanked the guard, who relied with something along the lines of "no problem, happens all the time" and on getting inside we went to inform the reception.
The clerk at the desk heard the story and told us that this is indeed a fairly regular occurrence, and that the majority of the time it is illegal Palestinian immigrants who are stealing taxis and targeting Western-looking tourists for kidnap.
In most instances they simply rob them, but there have been cases where they have ransomed obviously wealthy ones.
Goes without saying of course, that as we were carrying our military I.D. cards at the time, we'd have most likely ended up as the one-hit-wonder stars of our very own beheading video if we had actually got into the car.

So yeah, I can't stand Palestinians, they are most certainly not the 100% innocent squeaky-clean victims that many portray them as.

Anti Nudist Cupcake:

vento 231:
I know you do.
I personally don't like any person that fits into a stereo type perfectly. Such as an overly loud black person, extremely smart asians etc.
I also cannot stand people who exclusively eat organic foods for non-medical purposes, and over protective parents, as well as parents who don't watch their kids. Also I honestly don't like gay people. Now I have met people in each of these categories that I like, I just tend to not like the majority of them. I am going to explain myself, mainly focusing on gays, because I realize that on this forum the majority of you are pro-gay. I have met many people who are gay that I like quite a bit. I simply don't like the fact that they are gay. I am not religious, and cannot think of anyway to justify or describe my prejudice other than they make me uncomfortable.
Now I'm asking you, do you have any prejudices, and if so, what are they?
Thank you for your time.

Is it the fact that gay people are attracted to the same sex that bothers you or the ones that act like the stereotypical, rainbow-ey, flamboyant, "pretty", talking with a lisp, high-pitched voice, obnoxious-acting people?

Sorry for the ridiculously late response.
I don't like that they are attracted to the same sex. I can get along with them. To be honest, the over flamboyant ones I can't stand. I'm uncomfortable with them just being gay, but like I said, I don't let it interfere with the opportunity to meet a potentially great person.

vento 231:

Anti Nudist Cupcake:

vento 231:
I know you do.
I personally don't like any person that fits into a stereo type perfectly. Such as an overly loud black person, extremely smart asians etc.
I also cannot stand people who exclusively eat organic foods for non-medical purposes, and over protective parents, as well as parents who don't watch their kids. Also I honestly don't like gay people. Now I have met people in each of these categories that I like, I just tend to not like the majority of them. I am going to explain myself, mainly focusing on gays, because I realize that on this forum the majority of you are pro-gay. I have met many people who are gay that I like quite a bit. I simply don't like the fact that they are gay. I am not religious, and cannot think of anyway to justify or describe my prejudice other than they make me uncomfortable.
Now I'm asking you, do you have any prejudices, and if so, what are they?
Thank you for your time.

Is it the fact that gay people are attracted to the same sex that bothers you or the ones that act like the stereotypical, rainbow-ey, flamboyant, "pretty", talking with a lisp, high-pitched voice, obnoxious-acting people?

Sorry for the ridiculously late response.
I don't like that they are attracted to the same sex. I can get along with them. To be honest, the over flamboyant ones I can't stand. I'm uncomfortable with them just being gay, but like I said, I don't let it interfere with the opportunity to meet a potentially great person.

Does their attraction make you uncomfortable because you think they might try to hit on you?
Is the thought of gay sex just gross to you?
...are YOU a little gay?

I'm just trying to understand where your dislike comes from. Surely it doesn't come from nowhere?

Anti Nudist Cupcake:

vento 231:

Anti Nudist Cupcake:

Is it the fact that gay people are attracted to the same sex that bothers you or the ones that act like the stereotypical, rainbow-ey, flamboyant, "pretty", talking with a lisp, high-pitched voice, obnoxious-acting people?

Sorry for the ridiculously late response.
I don't like that they are attracted to the same sex. I can get along with them. To be honest, the over flamboyant ones I can't stand. I'm uncomfortable with them just being gay, but like I said, I don't let it interfere with the opportunity to meet a potentially great person.

Does their attraction make you uncomfortable because you think they might try to hit on you?
Is the thought of gay sex just gross to you?
...are YOU a little gay?

I'm just trying to understand where your dislike comes from. Surely it doesn't come from nowhere?

As far as I know it doesn't come from anywhere. I don't think they'd hit on me at all, it's just that i do not like that they like the same sex. I don't think about the sex as much as it just not being normal to me. I think we are all a little gay.

Oh boy, anime night! Wait...this is the English dub...? Never mind. (I'll watch Fist of the North Star, Vampire Hunter D or, Ninja Scroll's english dub though)

Oh hey, Metallica is on the radio! ... wait ... this is post-Load Metallica? *changes station*

I'll have a coke with no ice
We only have Pepsi pro...Sir?! Where are you going!?!

I don't like easily angered people.
People that can't be satisfied with what they got when they really don't have it that bad.
People that can't be satisfied with anyone around them because they think they're better.
People that find everything boring because they have no imagination.
Pessimistic fucks that are pessimistic for the sake of talking shit about everything because deep down they enjoy to.
People that judge you on a whim because they think they know everything.
Dudesbros that still refer to all women as "bitches" especially when they think its cute.(being a teen in the 90s...8/10 guys were like that)
White knighting nerds that hate their own gender and pedestal women as being near perfect.
Dudesbros that will flock to a pretty girl and shower her with attention till she gets sick of it.
Women that think all men are sexed crazed douchbags.
People that can't laugh at themselves.
Anally retentive internet nerds that like to wage IQ wars with other anally retentive internet nerds to prove who's superior.
Miserable people that want to bring everyone else down with them.

and

People that think their opinion should be LAW!

vento 231:

Anti Nudist Cupcake:

vento 231:

Sorry for the ridiculously late response.
I don't like that they are attracted to the same sex. I can get along with them. To be honest, the over flamboyant ones I can't stand. I'm uncomfortable with them just being gay, but like I said, I don't let it interfere with the opportunity to meet a potentially great person.

Does their attraction make you uncomfortable because you think they might try to hit on you?
Is the thought of gay sex just gross to you?
...are YOU a little gay?

I'm just trying to understand where your dislike comes from. Surely it doesn't come from nowhere?

I think we are all a little gay.

Haha. Then by your logic you must harbour a little hate for yourself too!

:)

vento 231:

I personally don't like any person that fits into a stereo type perfectly. Such as an overly loud black person, extremely smart asians etc.

i guess you wont like me because I am one of those...lol

But yeah, I have many prejudices.
I especially feel more so these days ever since a 3rd generation Korean Japanese girl joined out team at work.
I find that when she is outspoken or opinionated I cant help but think "maybe it is because she is korean".
I have been on the other end where people say "You are too opinionated because you dont have an Japanese upbringing" so I guess it is karma and we just have to learn to accept our differences.

I was born in the 80s and I have a lot of prejudices that I'm not proud of, but I'm trying real hard not to let them influence me.

I think that's all any of us can do, really.

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