Stereotype: An unvarying form or pattern; specifically a fixed or conventional notion or conception, as of a person, group, idea, etc. held by a number of people and allowing for not individuality, critical judgment, etc.Archetype: The original pattern, or model from which all other things of the same kind are made.
"...by the power of my Spirit created I them; yea, all things both spiritual and temporal-First spiritual, secondly temporal, which is the beginning of my work; and again, first temporal, and secondly spiritual, which is the last of my work—"
"God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."
"... My mother, bless her, was a marvelous seamstress. In my childhood years, when money was short and new clothing hard to come by, she would sometimes make clothing for us to wear to school. I would see a shirt in a store window or in a mail-order catalogue, and my mother would say, “I think I can make that.” By looking at the shirt as closely as she could, she would then cut cloth and put in seams to a degree that was close to the expensive original.
I think you can see my point and hers. We are bound to be in trouble if a shirt is made from a shirt that was made from a shirt. A mistake or two in the first product—inevitable without a pattern—gets repeated and exaggerated, intensified, more awkward, the more repetitions we make, until finally this thing I’m to wear to school just doesn’t fit. One sleeve’s too long. The other’s too short. One shoulder seam runs down my chest. The other runs down my back. And the front collar button fastens behind my neck. I can tell you right now that such a look is not going to go over well in the seventh grade."
When we try to patten our lives or our perceptions of masculinity or femininity on worldly or stereotypical images we find ourselves unhappy with the finally product, because like Elder Holland said we've tried to make our shirt from a shirt that was made of a shirt that was made of a shirt. God has given us an original pattern to follow and He said, "I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived." (D&C 52:14). Archetypes or divine patterns are given to us to know the true way in which we should construct our lives, our families, and our understanding of manhood and womanhood. Yet just because something is created out of the same pattern doesn't mean that each one has to be the exactly the same.
When we free ourselves from the trap of stereotypical judgments then we no longer force ourselves to live in the world Satan has designed-- a world that is bland and ugly. Instead when we begin to focus on the divine pattern and see our similarities rather than our differences we begin to see as God sees. We enter into a whole new world-- a world full of colors, sizes, smells, shapes, opinions, passions, talents, faces, and choices...
because it is patterned after the divine.