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 pushed it out of my mind.
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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 man admitted he… More »
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. More »
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… More »
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.
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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… More »
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 games… More »
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. More »
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… More »
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… More »
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 officials… More »
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… More »
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. More »
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… More »
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… More »
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] … More »
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… More »