Girls Get Called “Slut” Everyday—They Could Be Making Friends Instead

Via Scoop.itToday’s Transmedia Woman

Jessie Klein, author of “The Bully Society,” writes that girls need help in building trusting relationships.Girls get called “slut” every day. My students are so used to getting bullied and harassed they can’t imagine a school without bullying. A student in one of my classes once said, “Get over it.” They look at me like I’m some kind of crazy pollyanna professor when I suggest that it doesn’t have to be that way. The repercussions are growing however, even as students become more resigned.   Social isolation has tripled since the eighties according to the 2004 General Social Survey. Depression occurs at increasingly younger ages; 1 out of 3 high school girls are depressed, and 29 percent of all teenagers. Anxiety is so high among children that psychologist Jean M. Twenge wrote that children considered “normal in the eighties were substantially more anxious than child psychiatric patients in the 1950s!” No wonder children are becoming resigned—their highly disturbing emotional stress is considered “just fine.”   It’s not though. And kids are dying. They are being killed in school shootings and they are committing suicide. Every year we hear about youth who were bullied so badly they took their own life. There is a culture of despair in schools.
Via www.womensmediacenter.com

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