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  •  I agree, to a point. (6+ / 0-)

    There is all kinds of bullying, someone can be bullied for being fat, skinny, wearing glasses, not being athletic, being shy, etc., anything that makes the person appear "different". Yes, when the bullying is based on perceived homosexuality, it becomes a hate-crime. But I think we have to not just address bullying against gays, I think we need to address bullying itself, the mindset and behavior that leads to any bullying. Schools are just too damn tolerant of kids picking on other kids. A lot of this stuff isn't hidden, it's seen by teachers and administrators. The attitude of "kids will be kids" has got to change.

    •  And if we don't address it all, the bullies (0+ / 0-)

      will just claim one of the allowed justifications.

      I got in trouble for being called 'gay' by classmates that really bad year. The teacher did nothing against them, but I needed a real talking-to for asking what the word they'd all called me meant. The accusation was not in any way accurate, nor were there signs that it could have been.

      The groups that want to carve out an anti-gay exemption in bullying legislation don't care or don't get that any bully in a district where a particular target class has no protection by statute will immediately claim all targets are part of that target class.

      I've been called fat and too skinny at the same weight in the space of a week. I was partly thinking of that when I made my comment -- there's been a recent renewal of the push to shame pudgy kids thin recently, and some of the bloggers who cover body image issues online are quite concerned about it right now.

      I think eyeglasses and other functioning aids are about the only target class designator that can't be twisted that way, because the designation requires possession of an object and therefore people can't be folded into the target class.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:49:03 AM PST

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