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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 58 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: February 19, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B1039QA
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Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy Audiobook – Unabridged
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I also felt Emily Bazelson spent a little too much time indulging her political interests - in feminism and gay rights - which is fine, but it also produced a very shallow and distorted lens at the core group of people affected by bullying, and the various effects it has on academic performance and future prospects. At one point, in covering the Phoebe Prince issue in particular, she makes issue of "slut shaming" - which the bullies of Phoebe Prince resorted to after Prince began encroaching on other girls relationships. I thought to myself that the authors unconscious feminist views were distracting her from the primary reason for the girls response: Phoebe wasn't respecting the relationships of other people. She kept prying, she kept seeking guys who already with other girls: THIS IS A BASIC social infraction. It was unfortunate that the author failed to note this - how existent relationships "limit" the pool of potential partners; and it was Phoebe's lack of self control and self awareness (which sounded to me very much like BPD) that tempted her into seeking relationships with guys involved with other girls. While the "slut shaming" was wrong - when this sort of social sin is committed, the offended party will instinctively utilize whatever counts as "hurtful" in the cultural bank - and calling a girl a "slut" is how they do it.
In addition, I saw no mention of PTSD, although more and more research is being done showing that "depression" is a rather vague description of the emotional effects of bullying: bullying traumatizes. The effects of trauma are both parasympathetic - depression, dissociation, hypoaroual, as well as sympathetic: anticipatory anxiety, panic. The cumulative effects of such interpersonal trauma has widespread social outcomes, both for the victim - who will feel greater reticence in initiating social connections throughout their lifespan - as well are for society, by biasing unconscious emotional modules towards narcissistic tendencies as a means to cope with an ever more hostile social atmosphere.
So while I enjoyed the books stories, I felt the author was poorly equipped to really touch on the deeper issues that bullying creates.
I was hoping for more solution oriented detail
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