21 October 2015

Words of Wednesday | Stereotypes

Hey guys,

I’m currently trying out something new on my blog, called Words of Wednesday. This is inspired by something Louise does on Sprinkle of Glitter, where she has a little series called “Monday Motivation”, where she has a little motivational post every Monday. Words of Wednesday will be a series where I just discuss a topic I’ve been thinking about during the week. I’m hoping it will be somewhat motivational, because if you’re anything like me, Wednesday is the hardest day of the week, and I could definitely use some motivation.

This week I am going to talk about stereotypes. Now, according to my Psychology notes, a stereotype is an evaluative generalisation about a group of people. A stereotype is a cognitive process embedded in our interrelationships with other people, which can either be positive or negative. In short, a stereotype is a form of social categorisation which affects the behaviour of those who are labelled by that stereotype.

I decided to talk about stereotypes this week, because yesterday, a friend of mine said, “I’m going to start a blog. But a serious blog, not a white girl blog.”


What is a white girl blog?

Well according to her, a “white girl blog” is a blog which discusses makeup, fashion, and life in general. This seems to be the stereotype of what a “white girl blog” is. Which then makes me feel like my blog is a “white girl blog”, which frustrated me a lot, for two main reasons. My blog is something I’ve worked incredibly hard at, and I don’t like it being stereotyped as a “white girl blog” purely because of its content.

The second reason, though, and this is the main reason I am making this post, is that I hate stereotypes. And recently, I’ve been stereotyped as a “white girl” quite frequently.

So I Googled what stereotypical “white girls” did, and according to an article I read, behaviours include the following:
-          Drinking Starbucks
-          Watching Gossip Girl, the Vampire Diaries, Twilight, the Hunger Games (basically everything that most people watch)
-          Taking photos all the time
-          Having a fashion/makeup/lifestyle blog

This is what I don’t understand. Why should you, if you drink Starbucks and watch Gossip Girl, be stereotyped as a “white girl”, especially when recently, being a “white girl” has such a negative connotation around it.

It’s like being called a “twelvie”. One of my friends always calls me a “twelvie”, because I’m younger than him, I happen to like music from early 2000s, and I make my own clothes. But what about liking Blink-182 and INXS makes me a twelvie? This is what I don’t understand.

Well, according to my psychology notes:

People categorise people into “ingroups”, who are people they associate with, and “outgroups”, who are people they do not associate with. Once people have been categorised into either the ingroup or outgroup, people tend to exaggerate differences between groups. People tend to pay attention to behaviours that support the stereotype, and ignore behaviours that challenge the stereotype.

So, to put this to an example, I am considered a “twelvie”, because my friend knows that I like INXS (because apparently, if you like INXS since the film came out last year…automatic twelvie), so he concentrates on that. However, he ignores the fact that I like it because my mum listened to it when I was younger, therefore I’ve been around that music all my life.

Okay, so you’ve read my whole rant about stereotypes, and now you’re probably thinking, “Why should I care? How do they affect us anyway?”

Well, there’s this thing called the Stereotype Threat Effect, which is where one is in a situation where there is a threat of being judged stereotypically, or fear of doing something that would “confirm the stereotype”. Stereotypes can have a negative effect on behaviour due to the self-fulfilling prophecy, which is where something comes true because you expect it to come true (i.e. you are given a stereotype, and because of that you start to behave as that stereotype).

I guess what I’m trying to say is that we all need to take some time just to think about the effects that stereotypes actually have on people. Although stereotypes do exist in this world, we just need to try and prove to society that stereotypes are not, in most cases, true.


3 October 2015

What's In My Bookshelf

Hey guys!

The other day I was discussing books and blogging with my friend Tasha, and she gave me the great idea to do a "What's in my bookshelf" post, where I show you what books I have. And that is exactly what I am going to do today!

My bookshelf is divided into three parts, only for storage reasons. Part 1 is my old favourites; the books I read the most. Part 2 is my odd books that I either like but don't read as much, or the books I read as I child that I didn't want to get rid of. Part 3 is my collection of Jacqueline Wilson books, who was my favourite author growing up.

Part 1 - My Favourite Books

(From left to right)
The Chocolate Box Girls - Cathy Cassidy
Cherry Crush
Marshmallow Skye
Summer's Dream
Coco Caramel

Driftwood - Cathy Cassidy
Girl Online - Zoe Sugg
Love, Tanya - Tanya Burr
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
The London Eye Mystery - Siobhan Dowd
A Unique Kind of Love - Jasmine Rose
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks

Raven Hill Mysteries - Emily Rodda
The Ghost of Raven Hill
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Beware the Gingerbread House
Deep Secrets
Dead End

Part 2 - Odd Books

(From left to right)
Trylle - Amanda Hocking

Mr Men & Little Miss - Roger Hargreaves
Mr Sneeze & His Allergies
Mr Tickle in a Tangle
Mr Sneeze
Mr Bump
Mr Nosey
Mr Messy
Mr Topsy-Turvey

Jacqueline Wilson Book Previews - Jacqueline Wilson
How to Survive Summer Camp
The Longest Whale Song
Little Darlings
Hetty Feather
Sapphire Battersea
Lily Alone
The Worst Thing About My Sister
Double Act (Play Edition)
Emerald Star
Four Children and It

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire

The Famous Five Adventures Collection - Enid Blyton
The Princess Bride - William Goldman

Rainbow Magic - Daisy Meadows
Ruby the Red Fairy (Create Your Own Magic Edition)
Cherry the Cake Fairy
Lauren the Puppy Fairy
Megan the Monday Fairy
Sierra the Saturday Fairy
Saskia the Salsa Fairy
Imogen the Ice Dance Fairy
Ellie the Guitar Fairy
Edie the Garden Fairy
Coral the Reef Fairy
Paige the Pantomime Fairy
Flora the Fancy Dress Fairy
Shannon the Ocean Fairy
Gabriella the Snow Kingdom Fairy

Bratz Totally Awesome Tales - Christine Peymani
Bratz Diamondz Road Trip
Bratz Stilesville Starz
Bratz in the Groove

Felicity Wishes Summer Sunshine & Other Stories - Emma Thomson
Poppy - Mary Hooper

Part 3 - Jacqueline Wilson Books

(From left to right)
By Jacqueline Wilson

The Cat Mummy
Lola Rose
The Mum-Minder
The Illustrated Mum
Dustbin Baby
Lily Alone
How to Survive Summer Camp
Jacqueline Wilson Double Decker - Including Double Act and Bad Girls
Vicky Angel
Best Friends
The Worry Website
Clean Break
Jacqueline Wilson Superstars - Including The Suitcase Kid and The Lottie Project
The Bed and Breakfast Star
Jacky Daydream
My Secret Diary
Love Lessons
My Sister Jodie
Girls in Love
Girls Under Pressure
Girls Out Late
Girls in Tears
The Tracy Beaker Trilogy - Including The Story of Tracy Beaker, Starring Tracy Beaker, and Dare      Game
The Longest Whale Song
The Worst Thing About My Sister
Diamond Girls
Little Darlings
Hetty Feather
Sapphire Battersea
Emerald Star

Wow, that was a lot to get through! I just counted it up and it totals to 101 books (I didn't even think I had that many!), and I hope to get a lot more over the years. If you've read any of these books, or you have any other favourites, leave me a comment and let me know :)