yes but let’s be real, we’re never going to “end” bullying, even with laws. there was already anti-bullying legislation in place in my state when i was in middle school, and yet all authority figures just stood by and watched, even after i had reported the people who bullied me.
and the worst part is, victims are unlikely to actually report it, because the truth is reporting does absolutely nothing for the victim, and just further angers the bully. i’d thought it was bad before i’d reported it, but after that i was tortured to the point where i attempted suicide, repeatedly.
all this “end bullying” stuff is just talk with no substance behind it, and it’s never going to get any substance behind it because it’s already been proven that the laws don’t fucking work.
Translation: “Because we can’t stop 100% of bullying, let’s give up and let the bullies run the earth.”
I am very sorry about what happened to you, but just because we can’t stop all bullying doesn’t mean we can’t try to stop as much as we can.
What I do is try to highlight research, because the best anti-bullying programs are going to come out of solid research, and research will test their effectiveness and build better programs. Here is an example of said research. And mind you, this isn’t just about laws, this is building programs that try to prevent bullying in the first place, not merely punishing bullying. This is research to try to ascertain the causes, to figure out how to induce empathy is children, to find out what is effective and what is not.
Because even if we manage to spare just one child from bullying, isn’t it worthwhile doing? Especially to that child?
Because you know, I would want that.
Teen Girl Rebuilds Car from Scratch
Fourteen-year-old Kathryn DiMaria can’t get her driver’s license for another two years, but that hasn’t stopped her from building the car of her dreams. At age 12, Kathryn convinced her parents to let her buy and begin restoring a 1986 Pontiac Fiero with $450 in babysitting money. Over the past two years, she has painstakingly restored every part of her Fiero by hand, quickly learning advanced mechanical skills such as welding, grinding, upholstering, sandblasting — even how to rebuild an engine.
With dad Jerry as her loyal project partner, and plenty of automotive know-how from Uncle Bob, Kathryn has embarked on an epic journey that is shattering gender stereotypes, inspiring thousands, and opening doors she never imagined. Watch and learn how Kathryn’s project earned her an invitation from General Motors to attend the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and hang out with two female engineers from the original Fiero team.
To visit Kathryn’s online Fiero forum, click here
I don’t know why i’m seeing this just now, but its a year old (or two?) and still fucking awesome! She should be 16 by now and hopefully, driving her Fiero.
The theme of being unable to control emotions despite what others believe possible is a long running theme in the comic. Despite this, I still get comments and responses that one should “Just do it” or “Just think positive” making me think that perhaps it’s about time I was more explicit about this. This is the comic.
In the last panel, I strongly worded it to imply that you shouldn’t expect a sufferer to overcome it by sheer will, at least for an extended period of time. What will help? Therapy and support. By hoping that one will think happier just by being told to, their illness is being trivialized. And that’s it, depression is an illness, with symptoms. And the symptoms will only disappear when the illness is cured.
Anyways, this style of explanative strip is kind of new to the series but I hope that it gets a … positive response.
Nothing so frightens me as writing, but nothing so satisfies me. It’s like a swimmer in the [English] Channel: you face the stingrays and waves and cold and grease, and finally you reach the other shore, and you put your foot on the ground—Aaaahhhh!
The practice of dubbing films began during the regime of Benito Mussolini, but remains a cultural preference in Italy today. The American photographer Reed Young recreated scenes from iconic American movies, with Italian voice actors standing in for their stateside counterparts. Take a look: http://nyr.kr/1oxRINH
Top: Julia Roberts, “Pretty Woman.”
Bottom: Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, “Fight Club.”
Photographs by Reed Young.
..of cats & CATastrophes (side note:am definitely looking forward to future episodes)..