The animated video for Shane Koyczan’s spoken word poem “To This Day” is a loving tribute to anyone who has ever been bullied. The poem revolves around Koyczan’s memories about being taunted about his weight. His peers called him “pork chop,” and the teasing was so bad that even now, as an adult, he can’t stand the sight of the aforementioned dish.
Despite his own experience with bullying, the poet points out that he’s not the only one who has suffered, and society needs to take a stand against it. After all, those who are bullied often become depressed, have low self-esteem, and are at risk for committing suicide. Koyczan’s touching words give strength and hope to those who are bullied by reminding them that “they made it” and are strong both emotionally and mentally.
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Liz Prince’s graphic novel Tomboy is a poignant yet witty recollection of the trials and tribulations of one young woman’s struggles against traditional feminine stereotypes.
Readers meet the narrator as she’s about to enter middle school. Liz is a tomboy through and through, yet her guy friends don’t want to hang out with her any more. To make matters worse, her female friends are more interested in joining a cheerleading squad and swapping makeup tips than they are in playing video games with poor Liz. As the years pass and our heroine enters high school, Liz struggles with being an outsider and winds up joining a volunteer project where she starts learning about Feminism and girl culture, which ultimately helps her boost her self-esteem.
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Anthony Breznican’s debut novel Brutal Youth is a horrifying glimpse into the dark side of high school and shows the brutality of bullying, both by peers and the teaching faculty. The novel follows Peter Davidek, Lorelai Paskal, and Noah Stein, who freshmen at Saint Michael’s, a Catholic high school that is a haven for delinquent and religious students alike. Not only do they suffer bullying at the hands of their peers, but they are also tormented by faculty members such as the bitter guidance counselor Ms. Bromine and the fraudulent Father Mercedes. From hazing to both verbal and emotional abuse, cruel seniors make life a living hell for the freshmen, while incompetent parents and teachers turn a blind eye.
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