Thursday, July 25, 2013

Carrie Goldman, author of BULLIED, Hosts Comic-Con's First Anti-Bullying Panel

Bullied By Carrie GoldmanWhen bullies taunted her first-grade daughter for carrying a Star Wars water bottle and backpack, Carrie decided to share her experience on her blog. The amazing outpouring of support from the internet community inspired her to form the Anti-Bullying Coalition and write Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear.  Sunday afternoon, Carrie moderated the first-ever anti-bullying panel at Comic-Con in San Diego, which she hopes to bring to other pop culture conventions across the country.
Comic-Con social dynamics provide a perfect example of the sometimes blurry line between bully and bullied that Carrie explores in her work. Within geek culture, there is a sizable amount of victimization (male versus female, hardcore gamers versus casual gamers, cosplay feuds), often at the hands of people who were once bullied themselves. Carrie hopes that open discussion will encourage those who were harassed in their youth to use their unique perspectives and experiences to become compassionate anti-bullying advocates, instead of perpetuating the cycle of bullying and fear.
Hosting the panel at Comic-Con also provides an unparalleled opportunity for Carrie’s Anti-Bullying Coalition to reach content creators themselves, whose video games, movies, and comics can, and often do, preserve dynamic narratives of oppression. Carrie hopes that mindful media will promote real-world sensitivity, and the healing that many attendees so desperately want and need.
To read Carrie’s article on her experience at Comic-Con, please click here.

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