Note: This is a monologue I wrote for Drama school. Last term, my class were focusing on including and excluding subjects that the world suffers and in our spare time, we were asked to research and send information that are either inclusive or excluding. I’ve chosen many subjects and some, I’ve written in articles and two monologues. This is my second monologue I have posted online; hope you enjoy it. 🙂
People believe what they hear. Every day, it’s all the stories are the same – in the papers, on the television and when we have a conversation. These are all rumours, lies… No stereotypes!
There are different racial stereotypes all over the world – Native Americans like gambling, Arabs and Muslims are terrorists, Jews are greedy, etc. The list goes on but what about the people behind the stereotypes?
Some of them are hated, sneered at and abandoned. Why? It’s all down to these bad stereotypes; there is no such thing as a good stereotype because people say negative things about other people’s races. However, no one explains the truth about racial stereotypes. The truth is always hidden; we are all afraid. But, what if the truth can’t always be hidden?
If you look around the room, and especially the person sitting next to you, you’ll see that everyone is different. If we are all the same it would be boring, wouldn’t it? Not all girls are rubbish at sports. Not all Irish people are drunks. And not all elderly people behave like children.
We still have a lot to learn; we don’t need to keep these stereotypes going. We need to learn, allow others to achieve to see what they can do and integrate with each other.
So, ask yourself; is there anyone who has stereotyped you?
Note: This is a monologue I wrote for Drama school. Last term, my class were focusing on including and excluding subjects that the world suffers and in our spare time, we were asked to research and send information that are either inclusive or excluding. I’ve chosen many subjects and some, I’ve written in articles and two monologues. This is the first I have put online but I’ll see how it goes before I’ll post some more.
When I was a little girl, I had a mixture of toys to play with. I had stuffed animals, dressing up clothes, cooking toys, Barbie and Disney dolls. I grew up being a girly-girl and I was very happy being one. Years later in one my practical sessions at Chickenshed, I overheard my friends discussing how toys are stereotypical towards children in the past and now. This really shocked me; I never knew that toys can be stereotypical.
So, I decided to do some research on the subject. I discovered that most toys like princess dresses and Nerf guns can divide gender sexes and make them feel like they are outcasts. For example, someone might say cooking toys and baby dolls are for girls because it this their job to cook, clean and take care of their families in the home or pink is a girls colour while boys can have blue because that is generally acceptable to have them. In my view, I see this view stereotype as a ridiculous way to learn. Why be old-fashioned when you can be creative and break traditions at the same time?
In the early stages of the twenty-first century, we are seeing loads of radical chances. One of these being changing the way we play toys or wear costumes. There are many examples I have found:
- Boys being hairdressers
- Girl dolls teaching them to be leaders
- Parents allowing their boys to play with dolls
- Children playing with dolls who have different abilities
- Girls who wear costumes that mixed with princesses and superheroes – proof that princesses don’t need rescuing
- Girls can play and pretend to be engineers as well as boys
These bullet points show that not all boys and girls have to stick to boyish and girlish games or toys.
I am proud for some parents who break the boundaries and let their children play with different toys because it teaches the children to be inclusive and to not make them feel left out but it is sad not all parents to that. I hope in the future that someday, every parent will allow their sons to be hairdressers and their girls to be superheroes; that is a dream I would like someday to be fulfilled. Maybe one day, I would allow my children to play with different toys because I want them to grow up to be inclusive people and not be excluded by other children.