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9th Dec '16 5:05:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* '''[[CrazyHomelessPeople The Homeless]]'''. When they are not portrayed as thieves, they are shown to be suffering from various mental disorders or having inexplicable, often absurd behavior (like [[TheInbetweeners urinating in their own shoes]] or having [[TheOtherGuys orgies in stolen cars]]). This is especially typical in comedy. While mental illness no doubt is one reason a person can end up homeless, fiction seems to treat it as the ''only'' way one can end up transient, nobody ever is homeless by bad luck and circumstance. Brings the FamilyUnfriendlyAesop that there's no point in helping, as a homeless case will just walk back to the gutter where he/she is "naturally happy" with their eccentricities as soon as your back is turned. As homeless people tend not to see much TV, and they have limited opportunity to complain about such stereotypes, they are likely to remain as acceptable targets for a long time.

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* '''[[CrazyHomelessPeople The Homeless]]'''. When they are not portrayed as thieves, they are shown to be suffering from various mental disorders or having inexplicable, often absurd behavior (like [[TheInbetweeners [[Film/TheInbetweeners urinating in their own shoes]] or having [[TheOtherGuys [[Film/TheOtherGuys orgies in stolen cars]]). This is especially typical in comedy. While mental illness no doubt is one reason a person can end up homeless, fiction seems to treat it as the ''only'' way one can end up transient, nobody ever is homeless by bad luck and circumstance. Brings the FamilyUnfriendlyAesop that there's no point in helping, as a homeless case will just walk back to the gutter where he/she is "naturally happy" with their eccentricities as soon as your back is turned. As homeless people tend not to see much TV, and they have limited opportunity to complain about such stereotypes, they are likely to remain as acceptable targets for a long time.
13th Nov '16 6:23:48 AM Morgenthaler
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** Ironically in this same list are '''large families'''. ''CheaperByTheDozen'' aside, most media depicts those who have a large number of children as either religiously fanatical, selfishly having kids for the personal attention, poor and doing it to mooch off public benefits, unable to control the instinct to breed, or too stupid to realize that sex is what makes babies. There seems to be a very narrow area of the ideal number of children for a family.

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** Ironically in this same list are '''large families'''. ''CheaperByTheDozen'' ''Film/CheaperByTheDozen'' aside, most media depicts those who have a large number of children as either religiously fanatical, selfishly having kids for the personal attention, poor and doing it to mooch off public benefits, unable to control the instinct to breed, or too stupid to realize that sex is what makes babies. There seems to be a very narrow area of the ideal number of children for a family.
8th Nov '16 2:39:04 PM Discar
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* '''Virgins''' In the Western world at least, a person who can't/won't have sexual relations as soon as the opportunity arises is nothing short of pathetic. Especially true for [[AManIsNotAVirgin men]] although it's applied to women as well, with the DoubleStandard that having ''too much'' sex makes her a morally bankrupt slut. And that's just for the folks who are virgins only because they can't get a [[HollywoodDateless date]]. Those who have no immediate cultural or religious reason to not have sex but ''choose'' to remain a virgin can get it even worse. The SexIsCool trope is often taken WAY too seriously, used to suggest if not outright state that people who don't have a very active sex life, [[{{Asexuality}} even if they don't want one]], have some kind of mental or emotional problem and will never enjoy "normal" life. Also, since there's [[AllMenArePerverts never any good reason to turn down sex]], the suggestion that society and the world in general would fall apart if people starting putting other things in life first is frequently and somewhat insultingly PlayedForLaughs.

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* '''Virgins''' In the Western world at least, a person who can't/won't have sexual relations as soon as the opportunity arises is nothing short of pathetic. Especially true for [[AManIsNotAVirgin [[VirginShaming men]] although it's applied to women as well, with the DoubleStandard that having ''too much'' sex makes her a morally bankrupt slut. And that's just for the folks who are virgins only because they can't get a [[HollywoodDateless date]]. Those who have no immediate cultural or religious reason to not have sex but ''choose'' to remain a virgin can get it even worse. The SexIsCool trope is often taken WAY too seriously, used to suggest if not outright state that people who don't have a very active sex life, [[{{Asexuality}} even if they don't want one]], have some kind of mental or emotional problem and will never enjoy "normal" life. Also, since there's [[AllMenArePerverts never any good reason to turn down sex]], the suggestion that society and the world in general would fall apart if people starting putting other things in life first is frequently and somewhat insultingly PlayedForLaughs.



* '''Asexuals''' This sexuality is widely considered to not really exist by the public at large. At best, asexuals are seen as "late bloomers" who just haven't found what turns them on yet or are suffering from depression/mental issues since nobody in their right mind, especially not the young and attractive, would refuse gratuitous sexual relations. Otherwise, it's just a label made up by pathetic losers who can't get laid having a bad case of sour grapes. After all, [[AManIsNotAVirgin no "real" guy wouldn't want sex all the time]].

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* '''Asexuals''' This sexuality is widely considered to not really exist by the public at large. At best, asexuals are seen as "late bloomers" who just haven't found what turns them on yet or are suffering from depression/mental issues since nobody in their right mind, especially not the young and attractive, would refuse gratuitous sexual relations. Otherwise, it's just a label made up by pathetic losers who can't get laid having a bad case of sour grapes. After all, [[AManIsNotAVirgin [[AManIsAlwaysEager no "real" guy wouldn't want sex all the time]].
4th Nov '16 4:33:03 PM Nire
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** Many schools also take a "zero tolerance" stance to violence in any and all circumstances, leading to victims of bullying facing an equal amount of punishment if they fight back even briefly in self-defense. Also, while such policies are usually in place because it can be difficult to discern who initiated the violence, they still are acted upon even if the aggressor is obvious. The fact that the bullies tend to get away with their assaults so long as nobody fights back just makes things worse (not to mention more confusing). This also tends to send the message to the victims that "shame on you, your health and life aren't worth enough for you to protect yourself," making them feel even more persecuted and isolated.

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** Many schools also take a "zero tolerance" stance to violence in any and all circumstances, leading to victims of bullying facing an equal amount of punishment if they fight back even briefly in self-defense. Also, while While such policies are usually in place because it can be difficult to discern who initiated the violence, they still are acted upon even if the aggressor is obvious. The fact that the bullies tend to get away with their assaults so long as nobody fights back just makes things worse (not to mention more confusing). This also tends to send the message to the victims that "shame on you, your health and life aren't worth enough for you to protect yourself," making them feel even more persecuted and isolated.
4th Nov '16 4:32:38 PM Nire
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** Many schools also take a "zero tolerance" stance to violence in any and all circumstances, leading to victims of bullying facing an equal amount of punishment if they fight back even briefly in self-defense. Also, while such policies are usually in place because it can be difficult to discern who initiated the violence, they still are acted upon even if the aggressor is obvious. The fact that the bullies tend to get away with their assaults so long as nobody fights back just makes things worse (not to mention more confusing). This also tends to send the message to the victims that "shame on you, your health and life aren't worth enough for you to protect yourself," making them feel even more persecuted and isolated.
24th Oct '16 5:52:31 PM skybox
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** Averted in one episode when a vegan couple's baby was badly underweight and malnourished. The doctors were ready to call CPS on them when they found out that the parents had been consulting a nutritionist the entire time, which made them realize the baby actually did have an illness that was causing her health issues.
15th Oct '16 3:47:18 PM GhostHouse
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** '''{{UsefulNotes/Furr|yFandom}}ies''' are so acceptable a target that ''other'' hardcore geeks mock them. In the [[http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/The_Geek_Hierarchy geek hierarchy]], they're always positioned at the bottom, commonly lampooned as erotic fetishists who are into bestiality, despite the former being only a VocalMinority, and the latter an example of {{GIFT}} in action. In the aftermath of the chlorine gas attack on the 2014 Midwest Fur Fest convention, and the disturbing level of ComedicSociopathy seen in MSNBC's response, however, furries seem to have been shifted slightly toward the OnceAcceptableTargets side of the line for many.

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** '''{{UsefulNotes/Furr|yFandom}}ies''' are so acceptable a target that ''other'' hardcore geeks mock them. In the [[http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/The_Geek_Hierarchy geek hierarchy]], they're always positioned at the bottom, commonly lampooned as erotic fetishists who are into ino bestiality, despite the former being only a VocalMinority, and the latter an example of {{GIFT}} in action. In the aftermath of the chlorine gas attack on the 2014 Midwest Fur Fest convention, and the disturbing level of ComedicSociopathy seen in MSNBC's response, however, furries seem to have been shifted slightly toward the OnceAcceptableTargets side of the line for many.



* Bullies and other "everyday" jerks on ''Western Animation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' are depicted ''very'' unsympathetically compared to the more fantastic and threatening villains that appear in the show. Perhaps the greatest examples are [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]] and [[BetaBitch Silver Spoon]], who were guilty of torturing the Cutie Mark Crusaders by, among other things, badmouthing Apple Bloom's grandmother, blackmailing them into writing slanderous gossip and mocking Scootaloo's implied disability of not being able to fly, and thus were treated as TheScrappy even by those who described their behavior as [[HateSink intentional]] (until their redemption in Season 5's "Crusaders of the Lost Mark"). There have been occasions where bullying has been shown to seriously mess somepony up; Fluttershy was teased at flight camp when she was a filly and the memories give her panic attacks even as a full-grown mare, and Babs Seed was severely bullied for her "blank flank" and drove her to (temporarily) become a bully that made the Crusaders' lives hell.

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* Bullies and other "everyday" jerks on ''Western Animation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' are depicted ''very'' unsympathetically compared to the more fantastic and threatening villains that appear in the show. Perhaps the greatest examples are [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]] and [[BetaBitch Silver Spoon]], who were guilty of torturing the Cutie Mark Crusaders by, among other things, badmouthing Apple Bloom's grandmother, blackmailing them into writing slanderous gossip and mocking Scootaloo's implied disability of not being able to fly, and thus were treated as TheScrappy even by those who described their behavior as [[HateSink intentional]] (until fly,(until their redemption in Season 5's "Crusaders of the Lost Mark"). There have been occasions where bullying has been shown to seriously mess somepony up; Fluttershy was teased at flight camp when she was a filly and the memories give her panic attacks even as a full-grown mare, and Babs Seed was severely bullied for her "blank flank" and drove her to (temporarily) become a bully that made the Crusaders' lives hell.
12th Sep '16 7:16:48 PM Berrenta
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* The woman behind the ''GirlWritesWhat'' series of Website/YouTube videos tends to lambaste the more extreme feminists for some of their viewpoints, especially when pointing out the {{Double Standard}}s that favor women (DoggedNiceGuy vs ShrinkingViolet, for example).

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* The woman behind the ''GirlWritesWhat'' series of Website/YouTube videos tends to lambaste the more extreme feminists for some of their viewpoints, especially when pointing out the {{Double Standard}}s that favor women (DoggedNiceGuy vs ShrinkingViolet, for example).
27th Aug '16 1:17:05 PM Premonition45
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** This stigma is slowly fading away, however: The economic hard times of the 2010s have convinced a steadily increasing amount of young people to live with their parents, though this is still mainly due to financial desperation. However, this situation is now more seen as sympathetic, the person being a victim of cruel or [[HanlonsRazor incompetent]] authorities, rather than anything derogatory. This trope can, however, still apply if the individual is shown not having a job, and making no efforts to get one.

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** [[DiscreditedTrope This stigma is slowly fading away, however: however]]: The economic hard times of [[TheNewTens the 2010s 2010s]] have convinced a steadily increasing amount of young people to live with their parents, though this is still mainly due to financial desperation. However, this situation is now more seen as sympathetic, the person being a victim of cruel or [[HanlonsRazor incompetent]] authorities, rather than anything derogatory. This trope can, however, still apply if the individual is shown not having a job, and making no efforts to get one.
16th Aug '16 9:29:02 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* '''Crust Punks'''. If you're a crust punk, you're a spoiled rich kid who heard a couple Crass and Doom songs, donned a patch jacket, black cargo shorts, combat boots, and a Man Is the Bastard shirt, grew white boy dreadlocks, and made it your life's mission to be as filthy and repulsive as possible while also being a preachy, sanctimonious, condescending asshole who flirts with homelessness and vagrancy until they get sick of panhandling for cigarettes and forties of Steel Reserve and retreat to the comfort of their sizeable trust funds. While anyone who is into crust, grindcore, or powerviolence will tell you that there are definitely people who fit this stereotype to a T, there are also just as many who like the music and the scene but who want absolutely nothing to do with the lifestyle.
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