Aimée Morrison has a thoughtful piece up at Hook and Eye on Amanda Todd’s suicide.
But the internet isn’t really the problem. “Bullying” isn’t really the problem. The problem is systemic, pervasive, all-encompassing sexism, and the stifling of female power, the rigid policing of female identity.
She also observes that the ways that we tend to talk about bullying is in sex- and gender-neutral terms. Focusing exclusively on how bullying takes on new mediated forms is troubling because it erases how bullying is located in larger contexts and systems of power and privilege.
Are there anti-bullying programs that explicitly address race, gender, class, sexuality, ability, and other systems of inequality? What do (and could) they look like?