Blog Post #1

13 Oct

http://feministing.com/2010/10/08/round-up-responses-to-the-gay-teen-suicides-bullying-and-it-gets-better-campaign/

 

In this article a women named Miriam explains the three suicides by teens because of being gay and the way that society has treated them because of their homosexuality. The author goes on about bullying in schools and explains that homosexuals committing suicide is not new, that it has been happening forever but only recently has it gotten media attached to it. She hopes that by the media and people seeing these suicides that something will be done to stop bullying in schools and in society in general.

I think that the author is right in the fact that something needs to be done. It is fine for a girl to like a man and a man to like a girl so why is it such a problem for a girl to like a girl or a boy to like a boy.  In this modern day people should be able to date and be who they want without being bullied or made fun of. I agree with the author when she states “homophobia is also related to sexism folks” (Miriam 2010). She goes into detail about how it is harder for men to be gay because of the stereotype of what a man needs to be. This tie in with the Homophobia article by Suzanne Pharr, she states “Visible gay men are the objects of extreme hatred and fear by heterosexual men. They are seen as betrayers, as traitors who must be punished and eliminated. Sexism also affects males through imposing rigid, dehumanizing gender roles on them” (Pharr 1977: 88). This all shows that men are being hated because they are not masculine enough or cannot show how manly they are. The author of the blog agrees with this by saying “there is a different (and often more brutal) policing that happens to young boys and male-assigned kids. Any hint of femininity is targeted, where as girls can get away with being a bit of a tomboy, at least sometimes” (Miriam 2010).  To me this is absolutely ridiculous and I think that if a guy is extremely muscular and confrontational it does not mean he is more of a man then another guy that is feminine and quiet. I agree with the author and I believe that there needs to be a change, society has allowed this bullying to gone on for way too long and there needs to be something done about it. How many more kids need to be mentally and physically abused or commit suicide for people to listen? There needs to be a state law or something done so that children will stop being abused because of something as little as their sexual preference. These children have enough trouble going through life knowing that they are different and will also be different they don’t need to be bullied in addition to being homosexual. I agree with Miriam that it is not just one person that needs to stand up for these people its parents, teachers, students, elected officials, and everyone else in the world including society and the media.

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4 Responses to “Blog Post #1”

  1. ysamar October 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    I can’t agree with this more. Bullying someone because of their sexual orientation is not right and in a nation, where we are ALL supposed to be free and be able to express ourselves, it is a shame to have let this go on as far as it has. Everyone has the right to be who they are and like who they like and for the parents who encourage their children to bully homosexuals, they should be ashamed for being so close-minded.

  2. itzjessicax3 October 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    I agree with you both. I feel that our society has put an expectation of what we should be as humans but those who don’t fit the norm, are pressured by society to change or just hide everything. This is a human’s right issue. Why are people discriminated against just because of their sexual orientation? I feel like the traditional folks have the mindset of the man and girl together but nowadays traditional should be in the past. These students that are bullied are alienated from society. They don’t fit the stereotypes. So they suppress everything and eventually break from the emotions. US is the land of freedom but why are people denied of it just because they have different views of what marriage is and such. BULLYING IS SUCH NONSENSE.

  3. dsapanaro October 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    Darian, this post really rings true, especially with the recent suicide of the boy from Rutgers. I feel like our whole social structure needs to be changed in order for bullying of homosexual individuals to stop. Since the norm of a man and a woman being together is so ingrained within our society, for example marriage laws; it is hard for individuals to move away from something that is so “normal” and comfortable to them. Thus, a need for restructuring.

  4. monicagarber1989 October 17, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    Diana, I agree with you. Our whole social structure needs to be changed because people are ending their lives every day because of other people’s harsh judgements. Kids have to be raised knowing that is okay for a girl to like a girl and for a boy to like a boy. People need to understand that this is completely normal and rational. Everyone has their own sexual preference and this is something that needs to be respected by others. People should not be criticized or made to feel weird because of something that they cannot change. I hope that boy and girl who posted that video on youtube serve many long years in jail for what they have done. Tragedies like this can be easily avoided. It’s very sad that there are so many cold hearted and disgusting people out in the world today.

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