Today I attended an all day workshop. I am not very functional at 9ish without a steady supply of coffee on hand, so today was tough. It was about engaging and impacting with your research, a topic I really didn’t know a lot about. I need to take so many workshops per year, so I chose this one, along with many other ones in the next few weeks.
Throughout the workshop I had a chance to talk to other PhD researchers about their research and what they were doing, how they were liaising with other academics, universities researchers, and the like. I had a chance to get some feedback on where I am in my research process and realize I really, really need to work a lot harder in the coming weeks.
I also encountered someone who didn’t think that bullying or cyberbullying was an issue at all.
Imagine my face.
That pretty much sums up my reaction at first.
And then I pretty much went off in a rage.
As someone who was bullied all through school and even in the workplace, I find that attitude counterproductive in modern society. BULLYING EXISTS. Telling me that it doesn’t, doesn’t make it go away. Telling me that where you are from that bullying is stopped by physical violence or the potential for physical violence doesn’t change that it occurs and it is occurring right now in our schools and our workplaces.
No one should have to go to school or work and be worried of bullying or ridicule because of how they are dressed, their gender, sexual orientation, or any other reason under the sun. Education is needed to make sure that no one else suffers the same humiliation that has been faced by countless children day in and day out.
I’m going to step off of my soapbox now and unwind from today.