"Please don’t judge me"

Dorset Echo: Cerys Pumphrey Cerys Pumphrey

By CERYS PUMPHREY, aged 16

Have you ever crossed the road to avoid a group of teenagers, made a judgement on someone you don’t know or labelled someone for the way they look? For most of my teenage life I have suffered stereotypes from all corners of life.

I have been marked as ‘trouble’ to those older than me, a ‘nerd’ by my peers and a ‘man’ by others.

Stereotypes have invaded our society, dividing social classes and age ranges.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a teenager and I hang out with my friends in bus shelters because there is nowhere else to go.

I will be the first one to say that I have hoodies – plenty of them in fact – to pull up when my ears get cold.

But I can’t lie and say that I don’t try in my exams and I won’t try and fool you when I reveal that I’m upset when I get a B instead of an A.

I can’t even deny that I play rugby even though I’m a female. Does this mean that I am what I have been called? That the stereotypes are right?

No, they are never right.

Teenagers are people – nerds are reaching for their goals and female rugby players are only playing a game they love.

It is never right to stereotype, it is never good to judge and it is never just to be prejudiced.

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3:30pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Crabber says...

Unfortunately like a lot of our Society you are all labeled the same. I know I suffer it all the time as I am Disabled . Just DISABLED not an amputee. Mental Health Patients are Disabled. Blind people are Disabled.
That's our society but also in our society there are good & bad so people should look at the good and ignore the bad Good Luck I wish you well
Unfortunately like a lot of our Society you are all labeled the same. I know I suffer it all the time as I am Disabled . Just DISABLED not an amputee. Mental Health Patients are Disabled. Blind people are Disabled. That's our society but also in our society there are good & bad so people should look at the good and ignore the bad Good Luck I wish you well Crabber

7:29pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Nomalice says...

I don't care if you lick windows,
Or occasionally pee on yourself..
You hang in there sunshine, you're special. 


Every sixty seconds you spend angry, upset or mad, is a full minute of happiness you'll never get back..

Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile.
I don't care if you lick windows, Or occasionally pee on yourself.. You hang in there sunshine, you're special.  Every sixty seconds you spend angry, upset or mad, is a full minute of happiness you'll never get back.. Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile. Nomalice

8:13pm Sat 25 Jan 14

qwertypoop says...

as with just about everything in life a few idiots wreck it for the majority...
as with just about everything in life a few idiots wreck it for the majority... qwertypoop

9:36am Sun 26 Jan 14

David_divenghy2 says...

If you don't want to be "judged" then maybe you shouldn't hang around bus shelters twiddling your fingers like the rest of the mo-mo's ? It is no wonder Asian kids put ours to shame and get all the jobs, they spend their free time with a constructive hobby or extra study !
If you don't want to be "judged" then maybe you shouldn't hang around bus shelters twiddling your fingers like the rest of the mo-mo's ? It is no wonder Asian kids put ours to shame and get all the jobs, they spend their free time with a constructive hobby or extra study ! David_divenghy2

11:26pm Mon 27 Jan 14

peskykat says...

Surely hanging around in ones home is more suitable then a bus stop,
there is far more entertainment stuff out there then when i was a child, meet up in each home a couple of times a week , get in snacks , some board games or a dvd etc, and chill out indoors or go to one of the many youth
clubs that there are around, i never understand why a person wearing
a hoodie feels the need to keep the hood up when inside a shop , etc or on a hot sunny day.
Surely hanging around in ones home is more suitable then a bus stop, there is far more entertainment stuff out there then when i was a child, meet up in each home a couple of times a week , get in snacks , some board games or a dvd etc, and chill out indoors or go to one of the many youth clubs that there are around, i never understand why a person wearing a hoodie feels the need to keep the hood up when inside a shop , etc or on a hot sunny day. peskykat

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