This morning, I happened to stumble upon a CNN photo gallery of children partaking in a MMA fight … in a cage. Participants as young as age five are allowed to compete in the Thunderdome, where “they punch, kick, tackle and choke each other,” with their hands and feet.
I asked myself, “How many parents would actually let their kids do this?” The answer: a lot. Keep reading »
Taylor Swift‘s new video for “Mean” is pretty … nice. Taylor has said that the song channels how she feels about critics who go overboard with nasty comments. But in the videos, she broadens the meaning—showing football players picking on a fashion-loving guy and a group of mean girls mocking a classmate who works as a waitress. Both those characters get their comeuppance in the future. But my favorite part of the video is where Taylor plays the part of a damsel in distress being tied to the train tracks. In the end, she undoes her own ropes. All in all, a good message. Keep reading »
OK, this is just absurd: Nicole Nagington, a 12-year-old resident of Telford, England, admits that she’s used to being teased for having red hair. But this school year, the bullying escalated to the point where the girl, who also wears a hearing aid, was forced to drop out of school and be tutored at home. A gang of girls not only physically and mentally tormented her on a regular basis, but they have sent her a total of seven death threats, all because of the color of her hair. The distraught girl even dyed it blond in an attempt to escape the harassment, to which these lovely young ladies responded via a note: “You’re still a ginger b****. All gingers should die.” Where do kids get these crazy ideas? And how is there no law that prohibits this kind of torture? We wish these terrifying girl-on-girl bullying stories would end. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Michelle Trachtenberg may have played a bit of a manipulative bully on “Gossip Girl,” but, like many of us, she knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the torment. She opened up to Complex magazine about the bullies who tortured her in elementary, middle, and high school. Boy, did she have it bad. In elementary school, she says, a girl threw her down a flight of stairs, broke her ribs, punched and fractured her nose, and then lied about her. In junior high, a gang of girls pushed Michelle into lockers and stole her clothes after gym so she wouldn’t have anything to wear. Then in high school, a girl who had a drug addiction made Michelle’s life a “living hell” and even hurled a vodka bottle at her head once.
But Michelle was able to get a little revenge on the girl who pushed her down the stairs. As she left a restaurant, a group of about 20 paparazzi were outside and she said to the bully, “Oh, I’m sorry. I’m really famous. They need to take my picture. Sucks for you!” [Complex via Starpulse]
I, too, know what it’s like to achieve more than a school bully. Keep reading to see what happened. Keep reading »
According to a study of 2,300 students ages 12 to 18, girls who viewed themselves as attractive had a 35 percent higher chance of being involved in emotionally damaging scenarios, i.e., receiving hurtful anonymous notes, being socially excluded, or having rumors spread about them. I knew there were lessons to be learned from Mean Girls. [EurekAlert!] Keep reading »