Bullying is not funny. It is not cool. It is not right. And more importantly, it is not okay.
Most of us are, thankfully, residents of countries that support tolerance and many of our families have settled in these places simply for that reason. Generations later, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that message of tolerance across our new social platforms, including the internet.
As members of the nail polish blogging community, we all share a love of beauty, color, and lacquer. Other than that, we are remarkably different: from our race to our religion to our hair color...even to our polish application techniques. To marginalize anyone because of those differences is completely unacceptable and today I take a stand against that. I refuse to allow other people's view of "normal" dictate how I behave, believe, and blog.
In solidarity with a multitude of bloggers linked below, my purple manicure represents my proud commitment to the No H8 movement. Today, November 8, I dedicate my post to ending bullying of any kind and to encouraging diversity and imperfection among our colorful community.
Today, November 8th, is a day chosen by a lovely group of bloggers to spread awareness about the hurtful, devastating affects of hatred and bullying in the nail polish community. As someone who has experienced bullying in my school days, I can tell you firsthand how bad it makes someone feel...I'm sure many of you can relate. There is no reason why we shouldn't support each other, love each other, and encourage each other. We do share the same passion, after all =]! Whether you're a newbie, an expert, a blogger, a non-blogger, or someone just testing the waters of polish, there is room for EVERYONE. I choose to support my fellow polishaholics, "clean" cuticles or not...will you, too? To show my support, I've created this purple argyle design (inspired by this cutepolish tutorial!) with OPI Do You Lilac It?, Zoya Carey, and Pantone Parachute Purple. I seem to have missed a spot during clean up ;D Check it out!
If you or someone you know is experiencing bullying, please don't hesitate to reach out to these helpful sites:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 800.273.TALK (8255)
Lots of love!