Posts tagged "bullying"

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 representation in video game…

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

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2012

Model Commits Suicide After Internet Trolls Attack

Bullying: it’s not just for kids. Claudia Boerner, 32, British model from a competitive cooking TV show, committed suicide recently, apparently because she being viciously attacked by Internet trolls. Trolls trashed Claudia’s appearance, ridiculed her “fake boobs,” and accused her of being an attention-seeking show-off on “The Perfect Dinner,” a cooking competition that airs in Germany.

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 9, 2012

It’s On: The Battle Over The “Bully” Rating Heads To Washington

The public outcry over the harsh R rating for the documentary Bully has hit a new level and headed straight to the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the people who granted that rating, the Motion Picture Association of America. In an attempt to quell criticism over the rating — which prevents the people who need to see this movie…

By: The Mary Sue / March 16, 2012

Dharun Ravi, Roommate Of Gay Rutgers Student Tyler Clementi, Found Guilty Of Hate Crimes

Dharun Ravi, the former roommate of Tyler Clementi, a gay Rutgers University student who committed suicide, was convicted this morning of hate crimes. Twenty-year-old Ravi used a webcam set up in the dorm room they shared to spy on Clementi on several occasions, which he announced over Twitter to classmates and watched from a friend’…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 16, 2012

Girl Talk: I Went To Prom With My Bully

Yesterday, Lady Gaga launched her anti-bullying foundation, Born This Way, at Harvard University. This got me thinking of my own days as a bullied pre-teen—and the sweet revenge I was able to exact on my young male tormenter.

Halfway through sixth grade, I switched schools. I’d been living on Cape Cod with my…

By: Kiri Blakeley / March 2, 2012

Today’s Lady News: 50 Percent Of Elementary School Teachers Hear Sexist Comments At School

Almost 50 percent of elementary school teachers surveyed by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) say they have heard sexist comments in their school. Nearly the same percentage of teachers surveyed said they heard the word “gay” frequently used in a negative way (such as “that’s so gay”). We’re talking about elementary school

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 18, 2012

Powerful Anti-Bullying Video From Teen Jonah Mowry

I really have no words for this other than I wish I could reach through the screen and give this young man the biggest hug ever. While I am glad to hear him say — or write — that he is strong and is not going anywhere, I certainly hope his parents and school official…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 5, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Bar Patron Stiffs Waitress, Suggests She Lose Weight

If you’re going to stiff your waitress a tip and scrawl “You could stand to lose a few pounds” on your receipt, maybe you shouldn’t do it after giving her a credit card, with your name on it, to pay for your bill. But Andrew Meyers is probably pretty stupid in addition to being…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 10, 2011

Supermodel Lindsey Wixson Was Teased, Too

Seventeen-year-old Lindsey Wixson is one of the modeling world’s biggest sensations, but life wasn’t always Gucci, Prada, and miles of stark white runways. Before she broke big on the pages of W magazine, Wixson says she was bullied by girls in her class, who made fun of her for her gap teeth and height.

By: Julie Gerstein / September 26, 2011

Girl Talk: My Bully Was My Best Friend

I met Rebecca when I was eight and forced by my parents to join an AYSO soccer team called the “Killer Bees” because my mom thought it imperative that even scrawny girls who much preferred watching late night re-reruns of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” should get out and enjoy bitter winds of Chicago fall…

By: Maude Standish / May 5, 2011

Roommate Of Tyler Clementi, Rutgers Suicide Kid, Faces Hate Crime Charges

In September, the country was shocked when Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers freshman, committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge in NYC after he learned his roommate had live-streamed his gay hookup using a web cam. Yesterday, the rooommate, Dharun Ravi, was indicted by a grand jury on 15 charges, including bias intimidation

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 21, 2011

When Is Cosmetic Surgery The Answer To Bullying?

Bringing a whole new meaning the concept of “It gets better!” ABC News asks in an article about children getting plastic surgery procedures, “When is cosmetic surgery the answer to bullying?” Um, how about never, ABC News? Cosmetic surgery is never the “answer” to bullying. [ABC News]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2011

Alye Pollack, We Love You

Meet 13-year-old Alye Pollack. The 8th grader lives in Westport, CT, and has been bullied every day by her classmates since 6th grade. In response, she posted this amazing silent (save the music) video to YouTube — which already has over 163,000 views — about her struggle called “Words are worse than Sticks and…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 31, 2011

It Gets Better, The Book

When Dan Savage posted the first “It Gets Better” video to YouTube, following the suicides of multiple LBGT teens who faced bullying in school, he likely didn’t expect the overwhelming culture phenomena it became. Since then, the It Gets Better Project has seen over 6,000 YouTube videos posted by people all over the world, offering…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 24, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Dolly Parton Is The Voice Of Reason In America

How could we have missed this clip of Dolly Parton, on “Larry King Live,” talking about how we all need to be a little more tolerant? “I think we need to dig down a li’l deeper, be a li’l kinder to one another, and accept one another for who we are,” she…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 30, 2010

Frisky Q&A: Brittany Snow On The “Love Is Louder” Campaign

Brittany Snow is one of those celebs who I’ve enjoyed onscreen — in the “Hairspray” remake, “Prom Night,” a singular episode of “Gossip Girl” during a Lily Van Der Woodsen flashback — but didn’t think much about. But it turns out, she’s actually a really cool person with a big heart. Brittany works closely with…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 15, 2010

Gay Student Defends Teacher In Trouble For Disciplining Bullies

I love this! Watch 14-year-old openly gay student Graham Taylor as he eloquently defends teacher Jay McDowell, who received disciplinary action for removing a student from class for making anti-gay slurs. Wait. Isn’t that what teachers are supposed to do? I guess not in Howell, Michigan—headquarters of the KKK. Graham calls the bigotry…

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 15, 2010

Girl On Girl: 8 Reasons I Love Being A Lesbian

I know that too often I write about homophobia, harassment and my own experiences with catcalling jerkfaces. But the truth is, I love being a lesbian and I wouldn’t change my sexuality for anything. If you don’t believe me—or even if you do—check out my list of reasons why being into chicks rocks.

By: Nikki Dowling / November 11, 2010

Madonna Owes Everything To The Gay Community

“I know a number of people have spoken out about it but I feel like I need to say something. The gay community has been incredibly supportive of me. I wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for the gay community. …I have a teenage daughter and I have ongoing discussions with her about thi…

By: Julie Gerstein / November 10, 2010