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It’s my pleasure to be a part of the Speak Out Against Book Tour.

Two authors, two books, one message:
Bullying is still going on and it needs to end, in all its forms.

Special thanks to Susan Oloier, author of OUTCAST and Rebecca Green Gasper,
author of BREAK FROM YOU for sharing this guest post on the “now and
then” of bullying. I remember all of those movies from the 80’s and how
easily I related to them. Read on about bullying through the years and
then read all about their newly released books below!

Now and Then on Bullying

Media
in the 1980s often featured its own particular brand of bully. For
guys: the muscle-bound, convertible driving megalomaniac who thrived on
name-calling and humiliation. For girls: the snobbish fashionista who
often seemed eons older than an actual high school girl should be,
looking down her nose and hurling insults.

Some 1980’s movies that have a bullying thread:
Better Off Dead
Weird Science
My Bodyguard
The Breakfast Club
Pretty in Pink
Heathers
Lucas
Just One of the Guys
The Karate Kid
One Crazy Summer

Watch the Huffington Post Video for a flashback of the 80s bully.

Today,
bullying seems to be more insidious and less overt than in the past,
which almost makes it more dangerous. And reality television doesn’t
help matters at all with adult programs that show success is only
possible through being a bully: The Apprentice, American Idol, and
House—to name a few. Remember, adults are supposed to model behavior for
kids and teens. What kind of message is being sent to our youth when
bullying reaps tons of rewards? With the onslaught of the internet
(something not present in the 1980s), a new type of bullying has
surfaced: cyber bullying though social media, texting, and email.

Movies today that shine a light on bullying:
Mean Girls (2004)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
Cyberbully (2011)
Bully (2011)—documentary

Now and Then on Dating Abuse

Before
the mid- 1800s, a husband beating his wife was a common and widely
accepted form of power and control. It wasn’t until the mid 1800s that
people began to change their opinion regarding domestic violence and
laws started to pass to protect women and outlaw abuse. By the 1900s,
most states banned wife beating, but it wasn’t until the 1970’s and the
women’s movement that domestic violence gained the most attention,
although arrests were still rare. Violence Against Women Acts were
passed in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Although these acts were
passed, it has only been since the mid 2000s that dating violence has
gotten national recognition. In 2010, February became the National Teen
Dating Violence and Prevention Month. (http://www.britannica.com,
www.loveisrespect.org)

Dating abuse in films:
Fear (1996)
No One Would Tell (1996)
Reviving Ophelia (2010)

Susan Oloier
Outcast

Noelle
dreams of a different life, one where Trina Brockwell doesn’t exist.
Trina has bullied Noelle since junior high. Now she’s tired of it. With
the help of her black-sheep aunt and a defiant new classmate, Noelle
seeks revenge. But vengeance comes with a price: Noelle risks
friendship, her first love, and herself to get back at those who have
wronged her.

Rebecca Green Gasper
Break from You

Love
shouldn’t hurt this much…Brooke Myers wants to believe she has it all:
the perfect guy, the perfect relationship, the perfect life. She wants
to believe it so much that she’s willing to overlook the fear, the
isolation, and the pain her boyfriend has caused her. She knows it isn’t
right but tells herself that love isn’t always easy. However, when a
fire destroys the restaurant during homecoming dinner, she forms an
instant bond with the boy who saves her, one her boyfriend wouldn’t
like. With the pain of a concussion reminding her of how bad things can
get, she is forced to re-evaluate the relationship she has with her
boyfriend and face the ghosts that haunt her. Brooke once believed love
was all it took…but is it enough? Is it truly love when you’ve lost
yourself in it?

Amazon

Can you think of other movies or stories that address bullying? Please share them in the comments.

About the Author Corinne

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    1. LOL, Susan. I laughed all day as I walked past my little HH on the couch. ;)

      And – it is the least I can do to take part in your blog tour!

    2. I am still laughing about HH. You are extremely witty! I hope you realize that. I absolutely cannot wait to read your books. I know that will shine through in your writing, too.

  1. Hi, Corinne,

    Wow, those 80’s movies that I still enjoy DO feature bullying. I really never thought this before. WE ALL dealt with these types of kids in high school and sadly we are ALL brainwashed into thinking it is just part of life and something we have to deal with.

    Man the light bulb just went off on how SERIOUS this is. Then one life really wasn’t in danger … TODAY is a COMPLETELY different story. Kids are murdered, stalked, beaten, and are shockingly committing suicide because of it. This is scary.

    I live in Chicago and a day DOESN’T go by that I don’t hear of a kid being shot and even killed at school. GANGS are another very real problem, which hasn’t been addressed ENOUGH. The pressure these gangs put on kids to join them is insane.

    As I had frequently said parents MUST keep informed. MUST know what’s happening. Also teachers need to be aware of kids who become bullies because they are bullied relentlessly at home. What ever happened to children feeling safe? Has our society really taken such a dive?

    Thanks for pointing out these issues in films. Hopefully the viewers will GET the message and not just shrug it of as entertainment.

    1. Hi Michael,
      I’m glad this post spoke to you. It is shocking to realize how big a part bullying plays in these movies that I really still just swoon nostalgic for.

      I think society has changed (so much more violence and a lot less parenting going on-as a parent it freaks me out) but we’re also instant and constant news consumers so we hear about so much more than ever before. I think one reason all of those movies resonate with so many of us is because we all have been there. It is how it has been for a long time.

      One of my kids was the victim of a bully in school a couple of years ago and it forced me to see the whole thing quite differently. It is a complex issue that has enormous impact on the victim. You’re right about the bully being a victim too. I read somewhere once about looking at the bully and realizing that their story is probably heartbreaking and awful. But I’ll tell you it is hard to find compassion when your kid is being put through the wringer.

      *sigh*

    2. Isn’t it crazy, Michael? When I researched the movies, I was astounded to find some of my favorites feature bullying. But I think Corinne is right. Better Off Dead was one of the movies my brother and I watched over and over again. But I only related to Lane–the bullied. I think that’s why I liked it so much.

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