Cartoon Network PSA: Bullying and Roundhouse Kicks
Okay, so I recently saw a Cartoon Network PSA about bullying (check it out at http://youtu.be/QawFn-SWD-Y.) In many ways, I was glad to see the media address the problem of bullying, but they offered some dangerously naive advice --- like turning your back on an attacker. A small portion of my ethnographic research at a boxing club illustrates why that might be a bad idea (check it out at How (Not) to Handle a Bully.) However, that's not thorough enough to make a useful social impact.
My questions for Bullshido's martial artists:
(1) Would you ever suggest turning your back on an attacker, like this PSA suggests?
(2) What're some other ways to deescalate this kinda confrontation? They may've joked about it, but might a roundhouse kick actually work here? Lol.
(3) What're your thoughts, on bullying as a social phenom? Like, what are some ways bullying manifests outside the schoolyard?
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