There was a Facebook post this morning that hit home…
A 15 year old girl holds hands with her 1 year old son. People call her a slut. No-one knows she was raped at 13. People call a girl fat. No-one knows she has a serious disease which causes her to he over weight. People call an old man ugly. No-one knows he had a serious injury to his face whilst fighting for our country in the war. Re post this if you are against bullying and stereotyping. Bet none of you will
Tonight, Dr Phil was talking to people who were self proclaimed bully-ers.
It struck me that in fighting one of these we are often guilty of the other. In trying to stop the act of bullying, we label people as bullies. We stereotype them as bullies. We use “labels” in the interest of keeping people from being bullied.
Don’t get me wrong. Bullying is wrong. Bullying is also a VERB. It is what someone does it is not necessarily who someone is.
Bully (from Dictionary.com)