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Sir Philip Green named as man at heart of 'UK #MeToo scandal'
Lord Hain told the House of Lords: “Having been contacted by somebody intimately involved in the case of a powerful businessman using non-disclosure agreements and substantial payments to conceal the truth about serious and repeated sexual harassment, racist abuse and bullying which is compulsively continuing, I feel it’s my duty under parliamentary privilege to name Philip Green as the individual in question, given that the media have been subject to an injunction preventing publication of the full details of a story which is clearly in the public interest.”
by:JessicaElgot  from:TheGuardian  PhilipGreen  PeterHain  SexualAssault  RapeCulture  race  bullying 
october 2018 by owenblacker
Twitter's UX and 'bullying'
Social media is a small part of our daily lives. It is something we do in-between other things — while we’re bussing to work, or on a conference call, or eating lunch, or watching our kids, or a million and one other things. We typically dedicate a fraction of our brain’s resources to processing and replying to it. Even someone with the best intentions in the world will slip up, and slip up often.

We’re placing a huge expectation on individuals to strictly adhere to behaviour that is in direct contrast to the behaviour Twitter’s design encourages them to do. I don’t think it’s reasonable to characterise the inevitable mistakes as bullying; it’s Twitter’s incompetence, rather than individual users’ that’s the issue here.

This is a product design problem and an engineering problem that’s being made into a human problem. Here’s some things Twitter could do.

■ You type a reply. You hit the ‘send’ button’. You receive an alert: “23 similar replies have already been sent. Are you sure you want to reply?”
■ An option for ‘Don’t show me replies to this tweet or tweet thread anymore, and don’t allow retweets of this tweet anymore’.
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The obvious problem with this is the one everyone is talking about: it’s horrible to be on the receiving end of the deluge, and it’s also not all that nice to be accused of bullying when you were actually let down by bad design.

The hidden problem is more subtle: Repeatedly, the groups being accused of ‘bullying’ are marginalised communities. Women. Trans people. The Queer community. Black Twitter. People who have traditionally had no space where their voices have been heard.
by:NatDudley  Twitter  abuse  bullying  culture 
september 2018 by owenblacker
We need to talk about Diane Abbott. Now.
Diane Abbott is tougher than any one of you sitting here making your lame memes from behind anonymous screens. She is a titan. A pioneer.

 Diane Abbott is here for women, children, food bank users, nurses, students, mothers, disabled people, refugees, every single one of us.

 Diane is one of the very best members of Parliament you could EVER hope to have to stand up for you, and you have her, & you better hold her. Because if the Tories get back in tomorrow my god we are going to need Diane more than ever to stand up to their callous, brutal austerity.

If we have five more years of cuts and cruelty, we need five more years of one of its strongest opponents to face it down. We need Diane.
by:JackMonroe  politics  DianeAbbott  GeneralElection2017  labour  misogyny  misogynoir  bullying  abuse  race 
june 2017 by owenblacker
Matthew Todd on growing up gay: “We are strapped inside a cultural straitjacket”
More and more statistics reveal that LGBT people have higher levels of depression, anxiety, addiction and suicidal thoughts. The British Crime Survey 2009 showed that gay men used illicit drugs three times more than heterosexual men. It’s hardly a surprise. As therapist and author Joe Kort states so well in his book 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives, what’s wrong is not our sexuality, but our experience of growing up in a society that still does not fully accept that people can be anything other than heterosexual and cisgendered (ie born into the physical gender you feel you are). It is the damage done to us by growing up strapped inside a cultural straitjacket – a tight-fitting, one-size restraint imposed on us at birth – that leaves no room to grow. It makes no allowances for the fact that, yes, indeed, some people are different and we deserve – and need – to be supported and loved for who we are, too.
sexuality  homosexuality  bullying  parenting  abuse  by:MatthewTodd  homophobia  transphobia  transgender  from:TheGuardian 
june 2016 by owenblacker
How to reject an apology
But what they don’t tell you about apologies – the big secret – is you don’t have to accept them. ¶ Oh, sure, the done thing is to graciously smile and absolve your offender, both moving on with your lives as if it never happened. And most of the time, that’s the best thing for all concerned. But there are some misdemeanours that don’t deserve it. It may not be a very 2016 thing to do, but there are times when an apology could, and should, be met with a “fuck you”.
by:TheGuyliner  via:VikkiSpence  apology  bullying 
february 2016 by owenblacker
Olly Alexander: “You start to think you're alone and crazy but help is out there”
Mental distress has been a regular intruder in Olly Alexander’s life. “I always had really, really bad nightmares, like night terrors or whatever they’re called,” he recalls. “I used to wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to move … I’d hallucinate and have really scary visions and dreams, so I wouldn’t want to sleep.” ¶ Alexander is an award-winning actor and singer of chart-topping electronica band Years & Years, but fame aside, his experiences will be familiar to all too many young people. It’s estimated that one in 10 children and young people suffer from mental distress—such as depression and anxiety: and that most of them are not getting the help that they need.
OllyAlexander  by:OwenJones  from:TheGuardian  MentalHealth  homophobia  bullying  LGBTQ 
january 2016 by owenblacker
I received the following email from my son’s middle school principal…
I received the following email from my son’s middle school principal: "We all know that our world is now engulfed in technology. It can be a great tool but can also be problematic when not used properly. Instagram has become the favorite of many intermediate school students…" ¶¶ It’s not my intention to berate her for trying to help, but I’m frustrated by the stance the school is taking here and how it is being communicated. ¶ To be clear, my wife and I will decide when to expose our kids to various forms of social media. The school can, and should, enforce policies that restrict their students from engaging in distracting activities, such as Instagram, on their campus. If the school said the kids couldn’t bring phones to school, I would fully support it. ¶ I’ve always believed that criticism isn’t valid unless you present a different idea that you believe is better. To stay true to that belief, here’s the email I think she should have sent.
SocialMedia  parenting  by:JasonStirman  from:Medium  Instagram  bullying 
september 2015 by owenblacker
Pupils posing as paedophiles in cyber-bullying, police warn | News crumb | EducationGuardian.co.uk
"Children as young as 10 may be posing as predatory paedophiles on internet networking sites to frighten boys and girls they have fallen out with, police revealed yesterday." Kids are such little shits sometimes!
bullying  Internet  parenting  culture  society  geo:UnitedKingdom  geo:Cornwall 
april 2008 by owenblacker

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