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Please close the door and switch on the fun without fail.

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Because I think it really comes down to this
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cleolinda
So today is Spirit Day. I don't really have any purple to wear, nor anyone to see me wearing it. Bullying has been pretty exhaustively discussed on the internets the last few weeks (although I liked this post the best); I don't really want to get into any of the hows and whys. I was mildly tormented throughout my entire grade-school career, not nothing near as bad as a lot of people had to endure. And the one thing I've figured out from that experience, for absolute sure, is that bullying is able to happen when good people do nothing.

So it doesn't really matter to me what "reason" bullies decide on when they start picking on you. They don't think you're the "right" gender, the right orientation, the right color, the right size; I don't really care. What I'm telling you now is that I'm not going to just stand here anymore. Everyone always says, "Well, it's none of my business." Bullying will be my business now. If I see someone giving you shit, I will tell them to cut that shit out, and we'll take it from there. And if you aren't the one being bullied, and you're standing next to me, I hope you'll back me up. I hope you would do the same for me.

That's my contribution today.



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By picking out someone to be outside the group, you make it clear to the people within the group what they have to do to stay in and belong.

Oh yes. In sixth grade, I went along with some other girls teasing a certain boy, because I was afraid of the girls, and I knew it was a choice between joining them or getting teased myself.

The following year a whole other set of mean girls decided to pick on me anyway, so, there's a lesson on what conformity gets you...

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