Posts tagged "bullying"

An Online Dating Site Used Pictures Of Rehtaeh Parsons, The Gang Rape Victim Who Hung Herself, To Advertise On Facebook

You might remember the story of Rehtaeh Parsons, the 17-year-old girl from Nova Scotia, Canada who hung herself after she was allegedly raped at a party and had a photograph of the incident passed around to her classmates. Her story was unspeakable and horrendous. Now, imagine that you're one of her friends or loved one…
By: Ami Angelowicz / September 18, 2013

8-Year-Old’s Heartbreaking Letter Asks Santa To Make Kids Stop Bullying His Sister

Children are our future, bro, and sometimes this future seems more grim than others. With the aid of technology, kids are worse dicks to each other now than ever, and it's a rare unicorn of an individual who makes it out of adolescence in 2013 unscathed. But even I, one of unshakable stone-cold heart and…
By: Rachel Krause / September 17, 2013

15 Girls Under Investigation For Bullying 12-Year-Old Who Committed Suicide

Listen up, rugrats: you need to cut this shit out. Bullying on social media, I mean. Just stop. And grownups: it's your responsibility to take bullying seriously. Earlier this week, the body of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick was found at a former cement plant in Lakeland, Florida, where she committed suicide. Rebecca was reported missing o…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 13, 2013

Study: Unattractive Workers Are More Likely To Be Bullied At Work

Apparently, the high school standards for popularity stick around even as we cross into adulthood. At least that’s what a new study conducted by associate professor of management at Michigan State University, Brent Scott, indicated. The small study surveyed 114 employees at a healthcare facility and asked them about their experiences with cruel behavior at…
By: Mary Odell / June 30, 2013

Court Rules In Favor Of Anti-Gay Teen Kicked Out Of Class By Teacher

In 2010, high school teacher Johnson McDowell wore a purple shirt to school in solidarity with bullied LGBT youth, and screened a video about someone that had committed suicide after being bullied for his sexual orientation. At the end of the video, his student, Daniel Glawacki, stated that he could not accept gay people because…
By: Mary Odell / June 23, 2013

The Way To Stop Bullying Is Not Through “Diet And Exercise”

I get approximately 5,000 pitches a day from people who are trying to get me to tell you guys about boob stickers, or breath mints, or Cash Warren's boat shoes (seriously just got this one). I mostly ignore them unless I think the product or service is going to be of some use to you.
By: Julie Gerstein / June 13, 2013

Abercrombie & Fitch Does Not Understand Irony, Announces Anti-Bullying Campaign

Remember how Abercrombie & Fitch CEO and Biff-a-like Mike Jeffries told the world that A&F clothes are just for cool kids? Or how he explained that A&F lady size…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 11, 2013

Nigel Hardy, 13, Commits Suicide After Being Bullied For Being A Male Cheerleader

Another bullied teen took his life on Monday: Nigel Hardy, age 13, had been bullied due to his participation in an extracurricular activity he loved, cheerleading. According to The Los Angeles Times, Hardy punched another boy, who was harassing him about cheerleading, which led to suspension from Hillview Middle School in Palmdale, California.
By: Sarah Gray / April 18, 2013

Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, Committed Suicide After Photo Of Her Rape Was Distributed Around School

There are no words. Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old girl from Nova Scotia, Canada, attempted to commit suicide last week after she was allegedly raped at a party and had a photograph of her rape passed around to her classmates. Rehtaeh's family removed her from life support on Sunday.
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 9, 2013

5 Life Lessons From A Former Mean Girl

Have you ever woken up with the lingering remnant of a once-forgotten memory? Usually it's a repressed trauma, like an alien abduction or the knowledge that your middle name is Gaylord. In other words, they're memories that require years of therapy to forget again. One day this repressed memory phenomenon happened to me. Only…
By: Cracked / April 3, 2013

If You Can Get Through This “To This Day Video” Without Crying, You Are A Stronger Woman Than I

Shane Koyczan was bullied as a kid. But rather than internalize that pain, he did something creative and powerful with it. He put together the "To This Day" Project, which enlisted several dozen animators and illustrators to create small segments that would be put together in one 8-minute visual poem. "My experiences with violence i…
By: Julie Gerstein / February 23, 2013

High Schooler Shares Heartbreaking Online Slutshaming Problem With NPR

Adults blame victims of sexual crimes and indiscretions, asking "Why was she dressed like that?" or "Why did she drink so much?" Adults also use the Internet for humiliation, like stocks in the town square. And lest you forget, children are watching us and mimicking what we do. Don't believe me? Just read thi…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2013

The Soapbox: The Self-Righteous Bullies Of Tumblr And Their Feminist Apologists

I’d been planning to let the issue of the Nice Guys of OK Cupid blog on Tumblr slide. [NOTE: The blog has since been taken down.] It is pretty depressing from every perspective. I’d squabbled and grumbled about it on Twitter with a few people, and then thankfully the Christmas break…
By: Ally Fogg / January 7, 2013

“Fat TV Anchor” Jennifer Livingston On “Ellen”

If you thought Jennifer Livingston was the shit before, now you're going to want to marry her. A video of the Wisconsin news anchor went viral last week when she responded to a random jerk's cruel email complaining that she's a bad influence on viewers, especially women, because she is obese. The ma…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2012

Wisconsin News Anchor Responds To Fat Shamer In Powerful, Inspiring Fashion

When I was in elementary school, I was teased constantly and mercilessly about my weight. Classmates called me fat, ugly, worthless, disgusting, and for awhile my official nickname seemed to be "tub of lard." Pretty much every afternoon I'd get off the bus, wait until it had disappeared around the corner, and burst into tears.
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 2, 2012

Sikh Woman Stands Up To Online Bullying About Her Facial Hair (And Gets Apology)

Recently, a Sikh woman named Balpreet Kaur learned a photo of herself  had been posted on the "Funny" section of the website Reddit, where users mocked her facial hair, outfit and turban.  So she actually joined the comment thread to respond directly to the bullies to explain to them what's what. "I realize that my…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 27, 2012

Girl Talk: The Girls In The Clique (And How I Accidentally Flashed Them)

I didn’t know girls still did cliques at this age. I mean, I guess I could’ve figured it out, but I didn’t really give it much thought. I was homeschooled, so I missed a lot of that stuff, which I’ve always felt lucky for. But no one can miss all of it. It takes about…
By: Kate Fridkis / July 10, 2012

I Went Camping, And All I Got Was Harassed By The Police

There is a saying by artist Barbara Krueger Jenny Holzer that "abuse of power comes as no surprise," and wow, was that true this weekend, when my friends and I went camping and got harassed by cops not once, but three times. Contrary to popular opinion, bullying isn't something that just happens to kids o…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 5, 2012

Jay Smooth Calls On Men To Challenge Anti-Feminist Internet Trolls

All feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian wanted to do was create a new project aimed at examining common tropes in video games through a feminist lens. Sarkeesian, who blogs at FeministFrequency.com, was hoping that the new web series "Tropes vs. Women in Video Games," would offer a new, in-depth view on gender representatio…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 20, 2012

Tyler Clementi’s Ex-Roommate Dharun Ravi Sentenced To 30 Days In Jail

"I do believe he acted out of colossal insensitivity."  This was the judge who presided over the trial of Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student who was convicted in March with a bias crime (hate crime) for spying on his roommate, Tyler Clementi (in the pic), with a web cam while Clementi had…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2012