There's a wonderful simplicity in clichés.


It can be easy to deny them, to say they don't exist and they're constructs of a racist or sexist society.
If that was totally true, how do you explain these people leaning into them? Embracing them? Laughing at their own stereotypical behavior?

Reddit user, u/TheGingerGlasses, wanted to hear how you're a cliche when they asked:

What stereotype do you totally fit into?

There's personality types we carry with us that linger on, revealing who we are even when we're not aware of it. It's not bad if you lean into it, however.

Will They Make It To The Prom In Time?!

"I guess I fit the 'shy introverted girl with eyeglasses' trope."

TheMournfulLady

"But if you take off your glasses and let down your pony tail do you instantly become the hottest girl in school?"

lampshade2818

"Sadly no lol. But I am probably prettier than I think I am. Wasn't there some stereotype about young women seeing themselves as uglier than they should?"

TheMournfulLady

We'll Try Better Next Time

"The Mom Friend. I won't be angry at you, just disapointed."

snailminister

From Darkness To Cuteness

"Jake munro said something about how all goths inevitably turn to pastel pink cute stuff and I felt attacked."

PurpleHellski

Cats Sure Are Great, Aren't They?

"Lesbian who loves cats, has colored hair, and is incapable of asking out another girl."

Gravely_Mistaken

You are who you are because of your culture, because of how you were raised and because of how the people who raised you were raised. You're a result of cultural decisions from eons ago.

Living The Cultural Shamrock Dream

"I'm an Irish girl. I have really pale skin, freckles and red hair. I'm an Irish Dancer, I love horses and I like baking soda bread."

LasRua

As Long As You're Not Walking Around Saying, "Itsa Me!"

"Italian American who talks loudly and with her hands"

RalphMGordon

"Everytime I say I'm italian on the internet everyone goes crazy like "Oh you mostly eat pasta at lunch? You own a Vespa? You drink wine at a young age?" the problem with it is that I fit in all of them"

memezmaker

Riding The Family Line

"I'm half-Asian so I meet exactly half the stereotypes. Good at math and I know a martial art but I'm tall and a decent driver."

SmartAlec105

"so what you're saying is you hit the jackpot?"

DysprosiumGamer

"There are downsides. I tan easily but don't have a base tan so I get an awful farmer's tan way too easily."

SmartAlec105

I Need A Cup Of The Brown Stuff

"I'm British and consider tea to be one of life's vital ingredients and milk chocolate hobnobs to be the pinnacle of human culinary achievement."

Anaptyso

You're career choice can reveal a lot about you. While you don't always have to be a walking cliché, there's a fair chance you do reveal a little about yourself through your job.

I'll Size You Up And Size You Down

"Being a mental health professional and constantly assessing everyone's mental health no matter where I go."

Single-Goose7015

...Do We Tell Them?

"Retired editor who finds grammar and spelling mistakes everywhere. Am considering hiriing myself out as a quick proofreader, but I'm not so stupid that I'd think anyone would pay."

ansibley

Wow. You Can Buy This At A Store.

"White male software developer. Agnostic, likes bouldering, cycling, and hiking. Lives in a west coast city and likes flannel."

brussel_sprouts_yum

It's always good to know what stereotype you fit into so you can play against type when needed.

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