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When someone says something along the lines of:

Well I don't agree with you, because you're a typical so-and-so X.

X being the culture/group of people.

If you make a reply along the lines of:

Wow, what a stereotype! I can't take you seriously.

Are you implying it's "sort of" true? Because the definition of a stereotype seems to state there's some accuracy to a stereotype, unless I'm completely interpreting the definition wrong.

a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person
or thing.

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It's not implying that the stereotype applies to the person making the reply. In fact, by the tone of the reply, I'd say it implies the opposite. –  TylerH Feb 20 at 5:59
    
What great question. Welcome to English Language and Usage. (:-D) –  Sam Feb 20 at 6:03

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Your reply is (quite appropriately) calling them out for making a judgement based on a stereotype, where a stereotype may or may not accurately reflect reality. Whether or not the stereotype is true, however, the fallacy still stands.

The argument You are wrong, because you are X may be an example of a Bulverism.

Or, it may be closer to an ad hominem: guilt by association fallacy.

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no need for apologies, go for it! However, I believe this does answer the question, which was "does the accusation of stereotyping imply that the stereotype is true?" and my answer is "it doesn't matter - their argument is fallacious either way". –  Jeffrey Kemp Feb 20 at 9:43
    
I agree these are the best ways to respond to the fallacy of stereotyping. I just had to post something answering somewhat her question directly. Thanks for understanding. I wanted to preserve this answer. :) –  medica Feb 20 at 9:50
    
btw, is your avatar a Simpsonized you? –  medica Feb 20 at 9:51
    
more or less :) nice edit, by the way. –  Jeffrey Kemp Feb 20 at 12:56

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