So, apparently today is something called “Spirit Day” and everyone is supposed to wear purple in order to call attention to a number of recent suicides occurring in young people who were bullied specifically regarding their sexual orientation. And recently, an event opened in Second Life in support of adding goths to a list of protected groups in hate crimes legislation in the U.K.
Asa you can see, I’m not wearing purple right now. And it’s not because I’m somehow in favor of bullying. Quite the opposite.
People are bullied for so many reasons. Why is it that only some reasons get focused upon? Yes, in both these examples people lost their lives, and that is so very significant.
However, isn’t bullying just wrong…period?
Not only when someone is gay or goth, but….also that time that kids in the first grade figured out one of their classmates was an easy target, and made sure the other kid had no one to play with at recess. Or the department manager that made an intern work unpaid overtime upon threat of losing his job. Or the two middle school kids who realized a classmate was naive about drugs, and decided to have a little “fun.” Or the male coworkers who sexually harassed a barely-out-of-high-school young girl with a curvaceous figure. The executive who manipulated and schemed against fellow employees in order to gain more power for himself. The popular girls who decide to see just how far they can make a classmate go in inappropriate behavior if they hold the bait of friendship over her head. All the times when someone is emotionally battered and bruised but not fully broken…those count, too.
Maybe it’s time to stop highlighting special cases and simply stand up against bullying…period. Don’t tolerate the intolerable, even when no one is “seriously hurt.”
In case anyone is still around after the speech, here’s the outfit credits.
The wonderful Halloween Dress and Ruffle Bolero is a gift from G Field. The boots are a Hump Day Madness special from Rose River Saloon The hair is Amacci Hair Anette in Red Auburn. The skin is Moonshadow Skins – Lia Goth – Cateye from A Netherworld. Pose by Tea.