In my real life profession, I deal with bullies on a frequent basis. Unfortunately, it seems when I log onto Second Life I see bullying as well. In the short time I have been writing for FabFree, I know there have been several harsh and hurtful things said about some of my fellow bloggers appearance, and before I had ever posted my first blog, questions of my sexuality had come into question. This is typical of bullies. They like to slander, torment, harass, and ridicule.
I’m not saying that people are not entitled to their own opinion. But when you post things that are in poor taste anywhere on the internet with the intention to hurt someone or their reputation, it is bullying.
Bullying also takes the form of instilling fear into others. I’ve seen bullies in SL threaten to make trouble in people’s real lives. I’ve also witnessed people feeling threatened or spied upon by bullies. Bullies have no other way of persuasion except for intimidation.
But what everyone has to remember is, a bully only has power over you if you let them. Show your pink today and let the bullies see they are outnumbered.
Thanks to Mo Breen from [!] for the t-shirt. It can be found in the group notices in the FabFree group.