Today is pink shirt day. I’m sure you are wondering, “What IS Pink Shirt day?”
Pink Shirt Day started in a Nova Scotia high school, where a 9th grade boy was being bullied over wearing a pink polo shirt to school. Senior boys decided to take a stand against the bullying, by wear pink the next day. They went to a local discount store and bought 50 pink shirts, and distributed them amongst the other boys in their high school. They stood up for their fellow classmate and against the bullies, and made a real difference in someone’s life.
Internationally, people are encouraged to wear pink today to show others that bullying will not be tolerated.
Bullying affects everybody. In my home town this year 5 teenage children have taken their own lives because they were bullied by peers. It’s alarming to think that they felt there was no where to turn.
Bullying happens in all settings, not just school. Bullying happens daily in our Second Life just as often as it does in our first lives. I have seen first hand the cyber-bullying that goes on within SL.
In FabFree, we often get ridiculed about our shapes, skin, etc. These are really silly things to insult, because in SL all this can change with the slide of the mouse and click of a button. Our appearance is our preference in Second Life and if we were not comfortable and accepting then we would have changed by now.
Yesterday, I logged into SL to find three shapes awaiting me along with a message that said my shape was ugly. My fellow writers have had similar, if not worse, comments. I think it is time that people realize that in SL (just like RL) people look different. Many of us base our SL appearance on how we look in our first life. We are pixels, but we are also humans capable of emotion. Comments made in SL can hurt a person.
When our amazing new male bloggers recently joined the FabFree writer family, questions of sexuality were left as comments on the blog and in group chat. Sexual Preferences really shouldn’t matter in any situation. It has been eye-opening how much hatred there is in SL, a place many use to escape the negativity of RL.
The cyber-bullying continues because it easy to be anonymous and spread negativity. Today, to show that we do not tolerate bullying there will be a lot of pink shown on FabFree.
I encourage you to reach out to someone who may be victim of bullying. If you know someone who bullies others, find out why and what is the root cause. Use this day to talk to your friends, your children, and those around you. Stand up, make a difference.
*And Wear Pink!*
*Baffle!: Comfy Stepladder (JFTG Hunt – L$0)
van ( 64/192/37 )
*~*HopScotch*~*: Gimme Pink (L$0)
Cape Victoria ( 27/109/501 )
*Chuculet: Yellow Rose Flats (FabFree – L$0)
Taunt ( 96/135/23 )
*Exile: Hair (Not Free)
Covet ( 185/62/32 )
*Amacci: Giselle Skin (Not Free)
Amacci ( 203/96/22 )