Anti-Bullying Campaigns And The Victimhood Culture

Anti-Bullying Campaigns And The Victimhood Culture, by Codie Neville.

Anti-bullying campaigns in schools have been teaching children that physical violence and protracted campaigns to hurt another student physically are not tolerated, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, these campaigns also elevate verbal bullying to the same status, teaching kids that words can hurt just as much as punches. In doing so, they give more power to words than they should ever hold. “Bones heal,” they say, “emotional scars don’t.” …

Have we created a generation of victims by telling them it’s OK to be completely devastated by a word? That the person who said it should be punished, regardless of intent? …

Words hold only as much power as we allow them to hold. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” This used to be what we taught our children when someone had said something hurtful to them. Lately, it seems this age old idiom has lost its meaning, relegated to the obscurity of history, a phrase with no purpose.

Power mongering and virtue signalling:

We are told that people who say offensive things should be held to account for the emotional reactions of those who heard or saw it, should they choose to be offended. And yes, being offended is a choice. Nothing happens.

In fact, some people choose to be offended at words that have nothing to do with them. Choosing to be offended on behalf of someone else, who may not actually be offended because it is such a subjective emotion, and therefore implying some degree of moral superiority. To choose to be offended on behalf of another implies you believe they aren’t as strong or superior as you, too weak to have their own voice. …

It seems as though the people who are most offended at any given comment are white, middle class university students. That is to say, the people who have the least to be unhappy about, who have been taught from an early age that words hurt more than physical violence, and who have a history of superiority complexes in general.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific