Consent is everything, and getting people to acknowledge and DO SOMETHING about the abhorrent rape-culture that is so prominent is pivotal.

Abby Norman

Yesterday, the news invaded my classroom. I think the kids aren’t paying attention. I think the kids only care about the news as it relates to Justin Bieber. I think they aren’t listening or capable of advanced thought. Every single time I think one of those things, I sell out the ninth-graders that come traipsing through my room every day.

It started when I picked this poem to go over different ways to look at poetry:

Witness

Martha Collins

If she says something now he’ll say
it’s not true if he says it’s not true
they’ll think it’s not true if they think
it’s not true it will be nothing new
but for her it will be a weightier
thing it will fill up the space where
he isn’t allowed it will open the door
of the room where she’s put him
away he will fill up her mind he…

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Well said.

The Belle Jar

I don’t have to tell you that Steubenville is all over the news.

I don’t have to tell you that it’s a fucking joke that Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, the two teenagers convicted of raping a sixteen year old girl, were only sentenced to a combined three years in juvenile prison. Each will serve a year for the rape itself; Mays will serve an additional year for “illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.”

I probably don’t even have to tell you that the media treatment of this trial has been a perfect, if utterly sickening, example of rape culture, with its focus on how difficult and painful this event has been for the rapists who raped a sixteen year old girl then bragged about it on social media.

And I almost certainly don’t have to tell you that the world is full of seemingly nice, normal…

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I agree wholeheartedly with the view Adam expresses here. It’s good to take actions to change our culture from one where bullying is widespread to one where it is much less common. But that kind of change is sill a long way off, while there are still people of all ages suffering from bullying. Reaching out to them and helping them through the hardship they’re experiencing would hopefully lower the rates of things like depression, self-harm and suicide. Both are important, but the latter is definitely something that can produce more immediate results.

Didn’t Adam once say if he hadn’t become a singer, he might have become a psychotherapist? Those close to him have likened him to the big O (double-entendre intended). Well tonight fans were treated to a bit of the Oprah treatment in an hour-long twitter session about bullying. Adam raised a point that we’ve often thought about. What do you think?

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@Artistsupporter@adamlambert Unfortunately, having a thick skin is not very commonly taught.
@S1ngPianoGuitar@Artistsupporter @adamlambert helping to build their confidence and let them know they don’t deserve that treatment is a must.
@Oshi4Real@adamlambert That’s part of it, but kids need role models and a community that supports them. You found community in theater as a kid : )
@evanrachelwoodI always feel bad for the “bully” as well as the “victim” something is obviously missing…

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