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Social Darwinism And Bullying

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Social Darwinism is Alive in Bullying How does it feel to be held at a certain standard? You may not even notice it, but you are. If you are of a certain race, sexuality, gender, or class, you are automatically set up to either succeed or fail. The principles of Social Darwinism are applicable: certain aspects in individuals are communally desired, in other words, most people like certain social tendencies, and therefore those who possess favored traits are naturally selected to be successful in social interaction and get farther ahead in earning wealth and power. A white, straight male in the mid to upper class is far more likely to be successful in today’s world than a black, homosexual female in the lower class. A similar standard of Social…show more content…
There are so many outlets that justify violence as a means to reach a solution or get ahead. The success of protagonists often requires the death, torment, or degradation of the antagonist. This simple formula is applicable to almost any popular entertainment, shows and movies like Dexter, Batman, The Hunger Games, and even the most blatant, broadcasted kickboxing matches. “Researchers point to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as glorification of bullies in the name of entertainment and point out that the high rate of domestic violence means that many young people grow up expecting that violence is an acceptable way to get what one wants” (Rettner). And because of this, bullies find violence towards inferior individuals to be a social delicacy. It gives bullies a sense of pleasure because of its social backing and the enthusiasm it receives. “one gets more social recognition for negative behaviors than for positive ones…comedies and reality television, as well as real life situations in schools, for example, show that acting out is more likely to get noticed than behaving oneself civilly and courteously” (Rettner). Bullying would not be as drastic as it is if not for the attention it gets. There is not just a random whim that sends a bully into abusing another student. An inferior student becomes identified someone who doesn’t belong there, who is a hinder, and who deserves be tormented either into change or extermination. And from this social…show more content…
Bullies are not making themselves on whims of hatred. Society has enabled modes of social mobility and have therefore manufactured its own bullies. Between staking so much importance in appearance and popularity and the constant glorification of violence it is no longer a bully’s fault for simply doing what must be done to keep above the water of the grimy cesspool that is the social
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