Bully: Use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants. Dictionary.com
Forcing ALL women to throw out their tampons before entering into a Federal Building is intimidation, threatening, teasing, harassment, mean, an exclusion and embarrassing to a group of people, due to their gender!
We think of children bullying other children and we ALL agree this is wrong…it must be stopped!
But when we look at the definition of bullying we can see there is bullying happening all around us!
I venture to say, the Senate in Texas is using their superior strength to intimidate, influence and force woman to attend to ‘their rules’. They are trying to coerce and exclude a specific group of people through public harassment and intimidation.
If this was a child in school they would be punished. And yet here is a government agency that we are taught to trust, honor and respect excluding a whole group of individuals, due to a physical attribute within a gender.
I am a people advocate, I believe in loving your neighbor, NOT because it is in a religious testament, but because it is the right thing to do. Hurting someone or a group of people is wrong. It is cruel and mean. A vote on a topic (even as emotional as Abortion) lead a government agency to bully a group of women.
We MUST teach by example…what is the State of Texas trying to teach their children? I sadly have to say the example they are setting is ‘only bully if you are strong enough you can get by with it’.
This behavior if condoned by the Federal government is a form of discrimination and I do believe we have FEDERAL laws against discrimination. The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA) contains a number of prohibitions, known as prohibited personnel practices, which are designed to promote overall fairness in federal personnel actions. 5 U.S.C. 2302. The CSRA prohibits any employee who has authority to take certain personnel actions from discriminating for or against employees or applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability.
Research has shown: ‘Bullies’ empathetic responses seem to be warped and this shows in activity in the amygdala and ventral striatum, regions of the brain sometimes associated with reward and pleasure.’ “We think it means that they like seeing people in pain,” Benjamin Lahey, a psychologist at the University of Chicago and co-author of the study said. “If that is true,” he added, “they are getting positively reinforced every time they bully and are aggressive to other people.” http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/11/081107-bully-brain.html
We as a community owe it to ourselves and our Country to stop individuals, companies and government agencies from bullying groups of people, whether it be due to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability. It became a Federal law for a reason…it is the RIGHT thing to do, the humane thing to do.
Will the State of Texas be able to get by with this action?