The problem with using gender stereotypes occurs when we find ourselves making assumptions about members of our own, or the opposite, sex. If a teacher believes in the gender stereotypes of boys not crying, she could become angry at her student becoming emotional during class. If a woman believes in the gender stereotypes that girls should not play sports, she would be upset at her friend for taking up sports competition. These situations can lead to the "victim" becoming unsure of themselves and second guessing their reactions or intentions. Instead we should forego these gender stereotypes and take each situation on an in vidual basis to determine our reactions. Stereotypes have been a part of society for a very long time and are still present today.

Both Sava Jakobsdottir's "A Story for Children" and Alice Munro's "The Office" share a common stereotype regarding the female gender. The female stereotype is the most concrete of all stereotypes which explain. Stereotypes of Men Stereotypes of Men Both Scott Russell Sanders' Looking at Women and Herb Goldberg's In Harness: The Male Condition discuss the idea of stereotypes of men in today's society. There is a distinction however, in the ways the author views these stereotypes. Scott Russell Sander's essay portrays Stereotyping is a natural function of the human / cultural mind and is therefore morally neutral in and of itself. A culture, however, endorses moral or immoral actions based upon the beliefs and assumptions implicit in the simplifying stereotype, and every culture seeks to simplify a complex reality so that it can better determine how best to act in any given circumstance.

Stereotyping is such a natural human function and is so common that it occasionally functions in a useful way. For one thing, it is sometimes valuable to create classifications of individuals. The term "freshman" on college campuses brings to mind a popular image of a rather naive newcomer who is not familiar with both the social and intellectual life of a campus. Of course, many freshmen don't fit this narrow picture. Nevertheless, the stereotype of the freshman serves the purpose of encouraging professors to construct introductory courses for those with no experience in the subject matter and it also encourages campus social organizations like fraternities and sororities to sponsor group activities planned especially for campus newcomers.