"A Hard Nose and a Short Skirt": Confronting Our Own Stereotypes

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In introducing the topic of stereotyping and its consequences in organizational behavior and organization communication classes, I have been struck by student responses that indicate blindness to their own willingness to stereotype others. As Sachau and Hussang (1992) noted, students frequently express the belief that stereotypes are a problem only for the ignorant, the irrational, and those in need of a false sense of superiority over others: "[B]ecause students do not see themselves as irrational, dim, hateful, or insecure, they tend to believe that stereotypes are not their problem" (Sachau & Hussang, 1992, p. 391).