Bully vs. Bullee
Sure they sound the same, but they are vastly different. One does the hurting physically and/or mentally, the other is hurt. One does the teasing, pushing, shoving, the other is teased, pushed, and shoved. Alright, so "Bullee" isn't really a word, but is there actually a word for the one suffering? I remember being in highschool, barely 16 and having just "come out" to a few of my friends. It was such a scary, yet liberating moment for me. It wasn't until I was in a relationship (with my then girlfriend/now wife) that things got complicated for me. Coming from a Catholic family, attending a Catholic highschool, and being gay weren't three things that necessarily went together. I definitely learned that the hard way after one of my so-called friends outed us to practically the entire school. Being gay didn't change who I was as a person, but to some it changed who they became towards me. The names we were called, the out-casting from certain school events, and even during a religious retreat! Let's just say that the last 2 years of highschool weren't exactly pleasant, to say the least! The only thing I'm thankful for is that all of this took place long before the internet was a "thing". It was hard enough being bullied at school, I couldn't imagine it following me home, like it does with kids today. Skipping ahead a few years, shortly after our wedding, we decided it was time to grow our family. Let me tell you, making this decision was very tough for us as we had to factor in how having 2 moms might affect our unborn child. We thought long and hard, and in the end decided that there was nothing wrong with having 2 loving parents (regardless of gender) who would do anything and everything to ensure their child's happiness.
Posted by Nelia Camara