From the London Evening Standard; emphases mine.:
Schoolchildren bullied over their sexuality are being advised by teachers to act “less gay,” it emerged today.
The shocking claim has been made by pupils in a report on bullying in schools in Essex.
Teenagers who are picked on for their appearance told how they were advised to wear their hair differently if they wanted to avoid being teased.
The document also reveals teachers are insensitive to the needs of bullied youngsters and claims some educators had received “very little” training in dealing with the challenges they face.
The “Anti-Bullying Work” report, based on evidence gathered from more than 250 teachers and pupils, has been compiled by Essex County Council.
The author of the report, Julie Keating, stated there was “anecdotal evidence of students being told to act less gay or to wear their hair differently as teachers felt they were making themselves a target for bullies“.
Gee, someone should’ve told me this back when I was jobless & hungry. According to this, if I’d only had a baby, it would’ve yielded benefits such as fast food meals, liquor binges, & manicures!
Nope, I wouldn’t have simply had the baby taken from me by CPS (which is what usually happens to homeless moms) at all.
Poverty’s always the most amusing to people who don’t have to experience it. Continue reading
…the most pointless superhero ever?
To be clear, it’s the delivery I’m objecting to here, not the message – circumcision is a medically unjustifiable procedure most often performed solely to satisfy the parents’ aesthetic or religious preferences. It’s not something to which I’d ever subject my sweet little (hypothetical) baby, and I wish more parents would follow suit.
That aside, the comic is just fucking weird – using artistic media to protest circumcision is great; it’s the idea of a superhero whose existence revolves around babies’ crotches that I find lol-worthy.
I initially kept my mind open upon hearing about it, thinking that the comic was more tongue-in-cheek than cheesy, overwrought melodrama. I thought wrong.: Continue reading