Research suggests that one of the best ways to stop bullying – whether it’s verbal, physical or cyber – is to report it to school authorities and law enforcement, if appropriate.
But bullying also can be countered by taking the power away from the bully through ignoring the taunts or making a joke out of them. Although this might not change the bully’s behavior, it can take away his or her power.
When feminists first wrote about violence against women in the 1970s, they were dismissed as radicals and man-haters. Every one of them, including Susan Brownmiller (“Against Our Will”), Andrea Dworkin (“Woman Hating”), Mary Daly (“Gyn/Ecology”) and Kathleen Barry (“Female Sexual Slavery”), was marginalized.
Many of you know that June is my last month with Equality Wisconsin. Unfortunately, that means this will be my last regular column for the Wisconsin Gazette.
I’ve covered some wild stories related to Milwaukee Pride events over the years. Pride’s growing pains are a fascinating part of our history.
Like most queer folk, I shift into partying mode when LGBT Pride season rolls around in June. Our Pride festivals offer tons of music, laughter and mischief-making, alongside reunions with old friends and connections with new ones. They are joyful and rewarding, and the last few years we’ve had many things to celebrate.
John Smallwood and I thought we’d be able to cool off in the Northwoods.
But John, who is Fair Wisconsin’s advocacy and organizing director, and I found something during our retreat there that’s even hotter than the weather. From Stevens Point to Wausau, and from Ashland to Washburn and Bayfield, people are fired up with enthusiasm for LGBT issues.
PrideFest inevitably brings out the haters – the infamous protesters who stand at the gate of the Summerfest grounds wielding signs warning of damnation and eternal hellfire.