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Argentina Stereotypes

Argentina Stereotypes – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Argentina, as a nation, is not overly concerned with being politically correct. If you have been here long enough, you start to realize that generalizing and categorizing are part of daily life in Buenos Aires. Although some may disagree, on occasion stereotypes are important generalizations, and it is only by generalizing the specifics of the world that human beings can continue to have constructive conversations.

Of course, stereotypes aren’t always true (sometimes quite the opposite) or helpful. But it is a fact that they are there. Sometimes they can even be funny, especially if accepted by the nation itself.

So here is a top 10 of supposed Argentine Stereotypes (more specifically regarding Buenos Aires), some accepted, some not:

The ‘Good’

  • The excellent beef and malbec wine
  • Everyone here loves Mate, and the whole ceremony around it
  • The people are very warm and friendly
  • The women are beautiful
  • A cultured society – interested in theater, literature, art etc

The ‘Bad’

  • Cheating at football (and then boasting about it)
  • Lazy – things taking a long time to get done
  • Vain and a little arrogant
  • Love a good disruptive protest

The ‘Ugly’

  • Mullets and 1980s music / fashion

Your Suggestions for Argentine Stereotypes?

No one is saying that any of the above are right or wrong. Just that they are widely circulated stereotypes. What are your views on these Argentine stereotypes? Please leave your comments below.

Can you think of any more common stereotypes about Argentina or Buenos Aires, good or bad? Again, please leave your suggestions as comments.

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