Did you know that Harvard and the MacArthur Foundation give out grants for anti-bullying efforts? Those are just two of the high profile partners helping out with Lady Gaga‘s new anti-bullying foundation, called (guess what?) Born This Way. According to The Huffington Post, the foundation will be directed by Gaga herself, as well as her mother, Cynthia Germanotta. (I’m guessing her mother will take on most of the day-to-day duties while Gaga is busy traveling around the world being a pop star.)
But how, you may ask, does one go about bringing an end to bullying, when pretty much every kid bullies another kid at some point or another? Well, the organization will supposedly focus on youth empowerment and “issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development.” Leaving aside the questionable grammar of “issues like anti-bullying,” what does that mean, exactly? All the other things seem targeted towards helping kids who are bullied rise above it. “Anti-bullying” would require the bullies to come in for classes on how to stop bullying people, which I’m pretty sure they know how to do already, but just don’t want to.
Then again, maybe it would be good for kids who are caught bullying other kids to be sent here, rather than punished in some less productive way. As someone who was bullied quite a bit myself, I don’t want to dismiss anything that could help alleviate this problem. Kids are always going to bully each other, but anything that tries to make horrid children behave in a slightly less horrid fashion sounds like a worthwhile effort to me.