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Emma McGann Blogs About How to Overcome the ‘Social Hierarchy’ at School…

We’ve all had ‘that one friend’ who believes themselves to be higher up the social hierarchy than the rest of the kids at school… Singer-Songwriter Emma McGann, wrote a guest blog for Ditch the Label on how to challenge the label of ‘Queen Bee’… Here’s what Emma had to say: I was different from a

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A Female’s Perspective on Catcalling

Let’s talk about catcalling You’ve probably seen the viral catcalling video of a woman walking around New York for 10 hours experiencing 108 instances of verbal street harassment. The video has rightly been subjected to much criticism regarding its execution, editing and the implications this holds for racial politics as the film concentrates primarily on

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“Even Now, As A 26 Year Old, The Bullying I Experienced Still Affects Me”

 *James was bullied throughout school. Here he writes a letter to his younger self Dear 13 year old me. I’m writing this to you on the eve of one of the biggest days of your life to come. Hopefully it will help you through what is going to be a very rough few years. By

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LGBT+ Related Bullying in the Eating Disorder Community: Krista Sturgeon Blogs

LGBT+ related bullying in the eating disorder community When you go for eating disorder treatment the last thing you ever expect is to be bullied in this environment, but when you are not a straight, white, female it happens more than you might think. I must admit that things are getting better, but people that

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What Is It Like To Be In A Virtual Relationship? Melissa Herrera Blogs

Melissa Herrera on her experiences with virtual dating When I swiped into a “virtual relationship”, it wasn’t by choice. I had every intention of actually meeting the men I’d matched with, as I assumed that was the purpose of online dating. I assumed this was for people looking for an easier outlet to meet other

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Inverted Snobbery: “I Was Bullied Because Of Attitudes Towards My Accent, Upbringing and Background”

*Tina experienced bullying because of attitudes towards her accent, upbringing and background I went to the Kings School Ely, a private mixed boarding school near Cambridge from the age of eleven to eighteen and for the most part I have very happy memories of boarding school. Whilst some of the stereotypes of a private education

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Why I Think People Bully – Having Bullied Someone Myself

Why I Think People Bully – Having Bullied Someone Myself We know from our research that those who bully others have complex issues that are not being addressed elsewhere, and that bullying can also be a learnt behaviour. After all, None of us are born with the ability to draw or sing a song; nor

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“I Was Tired Of Taking 200 Selfies a Day”: Danny Bowman Blogs

Danny Bowman blogs about how body image issues and mental illness drove him to attempt suicide When I was 14 years old I moved to a new school. This was a huge transition for me; moving from a small town middle school to an inner city private school. At this new school I felt like

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‘If It Wasn’t For This Virus, I Would Not Be the Woman I am Today’ – Living With HIV: Lexi Gibson Blogs

Lexi Gibson blogs about life with HIV HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus that replicates itself off fighter cells, also known as the immune system. This replication is stopped when a patient takes daily medication. My first 14 years of life I was discriminated against for having HIV. Since then, the

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Fernan Balsalubre: Losing a Friend to Suicide

Bullying Can, and Does Have Deathly Consequences. Fernan Balsalubre blogs about losing his friend Kurt Cunningham to suicide after he experienced cyberbullying I always looked at Kurt Cunningham like a human phoenix. Long before I met him, he was a bit of a legend in the small LGBT+ community of San Diego. Besides his work

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