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05 April 2013 @ 07:04 pm
May the brave stand tall  

We grew up believing no one would love us.

Don’t tell me that hurts less then a broken bone. (X)

I was really touched by this poem by Shane Koyczan about bullying, it made me want to draw this picture. It's the type of subject that really makes me want to take arms and defend the weak, the depressed and neglected. Because it reminds me a bit of my own life, but mostly, because it reminds me of the harsh lives of so many of the people that are beloved to me.

The characters in the image are a bit the... stereotypical underdogs, in a way. People with disabilities. People who are punks and geeks. People who are homosexuals, people who are minorities in mostly white schools, people who are told they aren't pretty... And people who are punished because other people want to own them. When I first drew them, they seemed a bit too much like stereotypes, but then again, those are the types of people who are still getting the raw end of the deal. It has not changed yet. It changed in a couple of spots. A few towns and schools got better. But you still have so many places where black kids are called dirty, where girls are raped and then threatened to hold their tongue,  where people don't want to touch the "kid with the weird hand" because they are afraid they will catch something. As it turns out, people are so afraid of what's different, that what is different has not yet changed, despite us suppose to have had evolved. Sexism, ignorance and racism is not gone. In fact, the more I think about it, the more it seems strong. I want to fight it when I can, by treating kids in school well, by letting them talk, and in my art. 

Long story short I suppose... injustice and bullying bothers the hell out of me. If you can donate to an organism that helps kids in your area, please do. 

In other news, seems I need new glasses. *sigh* A new pair is always an expense, but my eyes are my main tool, so I need to treat them well. I have a bit of a minor infection thing too, due to the dryness in the air. Urgh, my poor eyes. 

I also finally saw les Miserables... It wasn't bad. They really sing all the time though. I would have appreciated less songs and more spoken dialogue. You know, make the songs seem more pretty and epic rather then the constant dispensers of story. I got a bit tired of the constant close-ups too. I was, however, really amused by Javert extremely romantic song about catching people. Javert wants to catch people so hard.
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beamspam mcmuppet: GiGisnapdragon76 on April 6th, 2013 02:42 am (UTC)
I was never really bullied when I was younger, but I was picked on, which is kinda similar I guess. I'm lucky in that I've been able to embrace my quirks and differences more now than I did when I was a teenager.

Just think how boring the world would be if everyone was exactly the same. Maybe people will begin to learn to embrace those who have differences and realize that they're still human beings with hopes and dreams and feelings and desires. Just like everyone else.

Mom was a little annoyed with all the close-ups too, but overall, we LOVED the movie. Most modern musicals have mostly singing as opposed to musicals from the 50's and 60's and such which had quite a bit of spoken dialogue in between songs. Sign of the times, I guess.
Isabelle Melançonsecondlina on April 6th, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
I think I prefer my musicals with more dialogue. It makes the songs more special and epic.

Differences are important. When everyone in the world will be the same, you know we'll be living in a dystopia.
beamspam mcmuppet: Les Miz Marius and Cosettesnapdragon76 on April 6th, 2013 03:55 am (UTC)
I don't have a preference either way. I think it just depends on the quality of the performances and the story itself on if I like it or not. Like with many things, lol.

That's a sobering thought indeed.
The Princess of Seyruun: K-ON!! - I love youamelia_seyroon on April 6th, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
I was very much a Fluttershy when I was younger. A doormat to just about everyone, especially at school. Eventually I learned to crawl out of my little shell and stand up for myself. And I wouldn't waste a second to stand up for my friends, to anyone whom I care for.

Anne Hathaway broke my heart before the movie was even halfway over. ;~; The one thing that did honestly bug me when I didn't stop to think about it until later, was the sudden romance between Cosette and Marius. He sees her for five seconds and is already in love with her. What.

It was my only true exposure to the musical; I never even touched the writing source.

As for your eyes, have you ever considered lasik?

Edited at 2013-04-06 01:04 pm (UTC)
Isabelle Melançonsecondlina on April 6th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
And look how badass you are now!

I've never consulted for lasik yet, maybe I should.
beamspam mcmuppet: Les Miz Marius and Cosettesnapdragon76 on April 7th, 2013 03:50 am (UTC)
Well, in regards to the suddenness of the romance between Marius and Cosette, he may have been infatuated at first site, but the backstory is that they fell in love when she was nursing him back to health over several months after he was wounded. You don't really get that in the movie or the stage production. It's clearer in the book.
The Princess of Seyruun: Avatar - Balance is the key.amelia_seyroon on April 7th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
Ah...that explains it! Thanks.
beamspam mcmuppet: Makkorrasnapdragon76 on April 7th, 2013 05:40 am (UTC)
You're quite welcome!
Diane: scaredichiban_victory on April 6th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
I always feel conflicted when it comes to bullying and the like. I was bullied as a kid, from minor things like random playground kids throwing rain-soaked Nerf balls in my face, to having all of the girls in my class snub me the entire school year. It was hard to go through, of course it was, but the experiences I endured through my youth helped to make me more empathic to others, and that's something I do not want to be without.

I didn't fully realize this until my older sister married her first husband. He had always been the popular kid in school, no doubt a bully himself, so he had no empathy at all, and it was hard to deal with until I understood why he was as he was. He got better about relating to others after he realized that talking himself up and trying to beat us (my younger siblings and me) down just through playing video games only made us try that much harder to beat him so he would be more respectful. It was a weird time...

Anyway, the thing that bothers me most about the whole bullying thing is that while it is bad and shouldn't be tolerated, nobody seems to be doing anything to help kids learn to cope with it. I coped by turning to my art and imagination to escape, and also by befriending boys, as they weren't usually as harsh as other girls could be. (Except for the main offender, whom I coped with by becoming friends with him. We found a common bond which put an end to his trying to bully and put me down by calling me horrible names.) Really, learning to cope with bullies as a kid will serve you the rest of your life, as there will always be people who attempt to resort to bullying to get their way.

In other news, I had to get new contacts recently as well. I need to change the prescription on my glasses, but it is an expense, so I'm going one at a time. If you only get by with glasses, it will hurt the wallet, but your eyes will thank you in the long run. All I can say about the dryness is to move to British Columbia, as the air is nice and humid, and very kind on the eyes. :D That it is just north of my home sweet home is completely coincidental.
Isabelle Melançonsecondlina on April 6th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
I agree with you! Not being at the top of the pyramid does teach one empathy, and I think it's good for kids to have both bad and good experiences to shape their personalities. Teasing is pretty okay in my book, as long as there's an adult there to help the kids deal with it, and understand why it's there, as you say. To me bullying is a step way above teasing though. Some bullying is really downright violent, racist and even drives kids to suicide and depression.

I agree that we need to have more people help kids understand and cope with bullying and teasing.

Some bullying is really nasty. And in some situations, the adults can't help, and even participate. Even the adults need to be trained to "get it." Everyone needs to learn about it.

You can't eliminated it, but a lot of people need to learn empathy.

Edited at 2013-04-06 10:46 pm (UTC)