Stereotypes: It’s white girl season

White girls can’t even.

Elizabeth Boyer

White girls can’t even.

Starbucks, Pumpkin Spice and Ugg Boots. You can already picture the persona without having the words right in front of you. White girls are viewed through a distorted kaleidoscope image of expectations and cultural jokes in the world of social media and our everyday opinions.

“Honestly, I think white girls get stereotyped because they have always been superior and an easy target. And that’s talking about all white people in general,” Darycka Brown (11) said.

In our society, the white girl stereotype has been mass produced into consumer products and things bought off the internet or at “local shopping mall” clothing racks. With trending hashtags such as #whitegirlproblems and a growing community of jokesters, white girls have their stereotype set in stone.

The idea of trying to identify every single white girl by a stereotype is completely absurd. Everyone has different characteristics and preferences. No one is a complete copy of a “stereotypical white girl”.

Consequently, the pressure of trying to create your own image has escalated over the years as the Internet has expanded. Many girls strive to become their own person to avoid the stigma of a stereotype. Creating your own personalized image is not as easy as you would think. With body expectations and clothing guidelines written out everywhere we look, it is becoming increasingly difficult to not be categorized.

White boys on the other hand, have been labeled and classified with stereotypes that are, to our society, generalized towards obnoxious or greedy boys who wear tall Nike tube socks and khaki shorts with a vineyard vines t-shirts. However, they are not as harshly stereotyped as white girls.

A boy may be generalized by the way he acts or the things he says. But the number of materialistic things that a girl can be identified by exceeds all of the generalizations against white boys.

The impact of individuals in your life may alter your views on how the world wants to view you.  The only thing that matters is what you think of yourself. It should not be based on someone calling you preppy or obnoxious, based on the clothes or the shoes you wear.

“I don’t see color. Like, if you’re preppy, you’re preppy. If you’re you, you’re you,” Brown said.

We, as a society, have come to terms with choosing to negatively categorize white people based on popular jokes, media, clothing and personal opinion. We need to learn how to stop limiting people to a cookie cutter mold based on superficial qualities like race and gender. Coffee orders and race do not correlate.