Queer and Queerer Ep. 8 – Bullying and the (Super) Power of Words

Here’s the impending scene: Peterson vs. hundreds of middle schoolers in an epic cage match! So, he turned to Zack to get his juices flowing about positive ways to get young people thinking about bullying and how to treat each other with more respect. In this roving episode, we talk about not only bullying, but also the challenge of invisibility, the power of words for good and for evil, Constance McMillen and her prom drama, “faggot,” “no homo,” and even Jason Mraz makes a cameo. You’ll also get to hear Peterson’s “Identity Monologue.” After you’ve listened, we hope you’ll share your own thoughts or experiences regarding bullying and any ideas you have for engaging young people in conversations about respect!

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// Here’s some more information about what we talked about this week:

» Learn more about the documentary Peterson reference, “Straightlaced.”

» Read Zack’s post about the word “faggot.”

» Jason Mraz offers his support of Harvey Milk Day and shares some of his own experiences of discrimination.

» Chocolate can help fight aging?

» Even though we didn’t talk about it on the podcast, a study came out this week suggesting that bullying is “good” for kids and that responding in turn somehow demonstrates social maturity. We’re skeptical, and the study definitely doesn’t mention anything about teen suicide, a very real consequence of bullying. For more info about LGBTQ suicide prevention, please check out The Trevor Project.


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