Has the "Jock" stereotype ever thrown people off when dealing with you??

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    Apr 12, 2009 6:10 PM GMT
    So some people look at me and the see i work out and automatically fit me into the "dumb jock" stereotype as soon as they meet me. Then i begin really interacting with them and they realize i'm "not as dumb as i look" and they get this look on their face and change in their voice that never fails to amuse me. This isn't an isolated incident, people that don't know me from school or professionally..... or personally for that fact tend to make this assumption that i'm not much smarter than a pile of bricks; and breaking that stereotype just feels nice...lol.

    Anyone else have similar experiences relating to you physique/looks?? Do you enjoy proving them wrong??
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    Apr 12, 2009 6:26 PM GMT
    Yup, everyone thinks i'm in the faculty of physical education over here... only to prove them wrong by telling them i'm in honours sciences.

    Then they think I'm lying of course lol.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 12, 2009 9:08 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle said



    They find that I'm no dummy and then don't know what to do with me.


    Especially those who are tied up and gagged, they sure as hell don't know what to do.. with you or anything else... LOL

  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 12, 2009 9:09 PM GMT
    nysexy saidSo some people look at me and the see i work out and automatically fit me into the "dumb jock" stereotype as soon as they meet me. Then i begin really interacting with them and they realize i'm "not as dumb as i look"



    Well NYSEXY.. .with your sexiness and your level of education, I'm sure it would be clear very quickly!
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    Apr 12, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    Canuck saidYup, everyone thinks i'm in the faculty of physical education over here... only to prove them wrong by telling them i'm in honours sciences.

    Then they think I'm lying of course lol.


    i know...at school everyone thought i was taking arts or I was some random football player, when I was actually specializing in Artificial Intelligence...for some reason they never believed the latest.
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    Apr 12, 2009 9:31 PM GMT
    I don't get that because of my physical size (as I'm not that big), but I get it for my looks a lot. When a lot of people see me, they see my hairstyle, piercings, tattoos, clothes, and assume I'm a loser / street trash.

    When I was dating my last boyfriend, I went with him to a party with his friends. I recognized one person at the party that I used to hang out with, and most of the rest of the people there I didn't really care for. Weren't really my type of people; they seemed really judgmental, and were gossiping about other people at the party. "Did you see who ___ brought with them? Omigawd, I can't believe ___ wore that tonight. SOMEBODY gained weight!" I was bored out of my mind, and hung out with the person I knew while my bf made his rounds to mingle. Later that night, I kept hearing a small group of guys not too far away from me saying "rough trade" and giggling a lot. I heard it a few more times, and walked away. My friend came to me not much longer after that, and asked me to hang out with him elsewhere at the party, because these guys were saying I was rough trade. So I went to the group of guys and introduced myself, and after a bit of small-talk, they started asking how I liked to have sex, etc. After being hit on a bit, and telling them how pointless their lives seemed to me, I decided to take my own tour of the house. I found a bathroom upstairs, and decided to leave them a gift. I upper-decked (took a shit in the take of, rather than the bowl of) their toilet, told my boyfriend that I didn't feel comfortable around those people, and left. I never told the boyfriend what I did, but heard him on the phone a couple days later with his friend, asking his friend "That's disgusting, who would do something like that?" Perma-smile! Hahaha.

    As for other people thinking I'm stupid for how I look, I see it as an advantage. When people judge my character based on having facial piercings or a hairstyle they don't like, it does a nice job of weeding out people I wouldn't want to waste my time getting to know anyway. People don't need to know I've got a great job, a rockin' GPA, pay for a lot of my tuition through scholarships based on SAT scores and scholastic testing, and what my life passions are. I save those conversations for people who can see past my physical appearances. Anyone judging you based on your looks probably won't listen to what you have to say anyway. They've already got their own opinions of you based on their stereotype.
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    Apr 12, 2009 10:27 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]pyrotech said[/cite]I found a bathroom upstairs, and decided to leave them a gift. I upper-decked (took a shit in the take of, rather than the bowl of) their toilet, told my boyfriend that I didn't feel comfortable around those people, and left. I never told the boyfriend what I did, but heard him on the phone a couple days later with his friend, asking his friend "That's disgusting, who would do something like that?" Perma-smile! Hahaha.

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    That's awesome haha. Personally, I'm not sure if I'm assumed dumb, but I work in a school and have multiple times been mistaken for or told I look like a student (working at a middle school, that's ridiculous). Sounds great to some, but I can't help but wonder if that might hold me back from getting a better job when interviewing. Silly as it is, I always try to make myself look older/smarter when going for the interview.
  • vbbri

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    Apr 13, 2009 12:18 AM GMT
    Yup, it actually goes both ways. When I am the athlete, people do not realize I have a PhD in chemistry. Then those in science do not realize I can kick it in most sporting scenes. In the end, I have a found a smile and friendly attitude towards all is what matters, not what the bod or brain looks like.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Apr 13, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
    The opposite is true of me. I usually have to argue with people to prove my jockiness. In fact, I have resorted to rolling up my polo and showing off my bicep in order to convince them. I suppose I will forever be a nerd, unless I invest in a tighter wardrobe that will show off my physique.
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    Apr 13, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    vbbri saidYup, it actually goes both ways. When I am the athlete, people do not realize I have a PhD in chemistry. Then those in science do not realize I can kick it in most sporting scenes. In the end, I have a found a smile and friendly attitude towards all is what matters, not what the bod or brain looks like.


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    haha just playing, but wow phD in chem? that's awesome dude
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    Apr 13, 2009 2:09 AM GMT
    Who cares what others think about ya. Its their loss for not getting to know ya. Who would think I have a BS in geology and biology and Master in General Science?
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    Apr 13, 2009 2:18 AM GMT
    I know what you mean.....I, too, have a PHD....
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    Apr 13, 2009 3:48 AM GMT
    countryguy71 saidWho cares what others think about ya. Its their loss for not getting to know ya. Who would think I have a BS in geology and biology and Master in General Science?



    Its not a matter of caring..just an observation of sorts that i found to be amusing.


    Imagine what would happen if we all put our heads together...scary...lol.
  • DiverScience

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    Apr 13, 2009 3:55 AM GMT
    People either label me as "dumb jock" or "nerd" and, obviously, whichever they stereotype me as, they end up wrong.

    So, yeah.
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    Apr 13, 2009 4:27 AM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite saidI know what you mean.....I, too, have a PHD.... a
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    I'd soooo date a jock with a PhD... a
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    Apr 13, 2009 4:35 AM GMT
    Yep I know what you mean. I've become quite buff since my profile pic was taken a year ago. So, people who meet me for the first time typically think that I'm a dumb gym nut. However, they quickly change their mind when they find out that I have a 4.0 college GPA and am in the neuroscience program heading on to med school.
  • Webster666

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    Apr 13, 2009 4:38 AM GMT
    Guys are often surprised that I'm a nice, friendly guy. I guess they expect a muscular guy to be stuck up and full of attitude. Also, guys are surprised at my intelligence. Maybe they expect big and dumb. LOL.
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    Apr 13, 2009 5:01 AM GMT
    charlitos said
    Canuck saidYup, everyone thinks i'm in the faculty of physical education over here... only to prove them wrong by telling them i'm in honours sciences.

    Then they think I'm lying of course lol.


    i know...at school everyone thought i was taking arts or I was some random football player, when I was actually specializing in Artificial Intelligence...for some reason they never believed the latest.


    I almost did that major!
    Only, none in VA had that.
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    Apr 13, 2009 5:47 AM GMT
    thomaswalto saidYep I know what you mean. I've become quite buff since my profile pic was taken a year ago. So, people who meet me for the first time typically think that I'm a dumb gym nut. However, they quickly change their mind when they find out that I have a 4.0 college GPA and am in the neuroscience program heading on to med school.


    I haven't talked to you in forever!
    Wow! you're doing neuroscience now?
    That's awesome.. I wish I was as smart as you lol
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    Apr 13, 2009 5:52 AM GMT
    Canuck said
    thomaswalto saidYep I know what you mean. I've become quite buff since my profile pic was taken a year ago. So, people who meet me for the first time typically think that I'm a dumb gym nut. However, they quickly change their mind when they find out that I have a 4.0 college GPA and am in the neuroscience program heading on to med school.


    I haven't talked to you in forever!
    Wow! you're doing neuroscience now?
    That's awesome.. I wish I was as smart as you lol


    modest smart guys are the hottest
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    Apr 13, 2009 5:53 AM GMT
    charlitos said
    Canuck saidYup, everyone thinks i'm in the faculty of physical education over here... only to prove them wrong by telling them i'm in honours sciences.

    Then they think I'm lying of course lol.


    i know...at school everyone thought i was taking arts or I was some random football player, when I was actually specializing in Artificial Intelligence...for some reason they never believed the latest.

    and I thought you were just a dork.. HUH.. Proves me right that don't it!!!
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    Apr 13, 2009 5:58 AM GMT
    I used to get all "brain" compliments, including the nickname of "brain" but have been called that less and less lately. Though I am building up the muscle, I get more comments about being jock-ish (I did letter varsity in swimming in high school) these days. On paper, I look late 30's with the education and being a shrink, but in person I look barely 20 and vapid. I like living in this grey area.
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    Apr 13, 2009 6:02 AM GMT
    this is definitely not the stereotype that i've had to endure, and it is not the one that has caused me the most grief.
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    Apr 13, 2009 6:03 AM GMT
    dancerjack saidthis is definitely not the stereotype that i've had to endure, and it is not the one that has caused me the most grief.

    What was it?? icon_biggrin.gif inquiring minds wish to know
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    Apr 13, 2009 7:33 AM GMT
    charlitos said
    Canuck said
    thomaswalto saidYep I know what you mean. I've become quite buff since my profile pic was taken a year ago. So, people who meet me for the first time typically think that I'm a dumb gym nut. However, they quickly change their mind when they find out that I have a 4.0 college GPA and am in the neuroscience program heading on to med school.


    I haven't talked to you in forever!
    Wow! you're doing neuroscience now?
    That's awesome.. I wish I was as smart as you lol


    modest smart guys are the hottest


    Oh Carlos, you're so cute icon_smile.gif