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2009-09-07 05:55 am (UTC)
I'm not quite clear what parallels you're drawing between parents who are unhappy about bullying, and parents who want their kids to never be around people with disabilities, or who are a different race from them, or whatever.
Maybe it's because I've known too many people who were very badly damaged by organised, ongoing bullying that occurred _because_ they had a disability or didn't gender-conform, but I don't see parental worry over that sort of thing as unreasonable overreaction. I find it absolutely horrifying that we lock children up with their abusers for hours and hours, day-in-day-out, with absolutely no escape routes for them. This is not something adults are generally expected to tolerate (and we as feminists get very angry about the exceptions to that), so why should children receive less societal protection? Why should kids get told to suck up horrific violence and what is in some cases years of emotional torture, in the name of developing resilience? Kyriarchal dominance and marginalisation begins in the schoolyard and kindy, and if we want to do anything about it, the solution has to start there too.
Or were you talking more of mutual, random, transient playground skirmishes, which don't amount to true bullying?
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