Drop the stereotypes
I had to comment on Lisa Jones’ article "My
Sensitive Man meets culture shock on the range" (HCN, 10/27/03: My
Sensitive Man meets culture shock on the range). My immediate
reaction when I read the article was to laugh. After I thought
about the article, however, I realized that Ms. Jones’
rantings were exactly the thing that creates one of the greatest
divides in this country: stereotypes.
If we ever want
"redneck ranchers," "tree-hugging environmentalists,"
"money-grubbing politicians" and other "groups" that hold the
future of the West in their hands, to sit down at the same table on
a more regular basis, we had all better start treating each other
as individuals and not as stereotypes.