Greg Reviews Emily Bazelon’s New Book on Bullying, ‘Sticks and Stones’

By on April 3, 2013

Featured on The Huffington Post‘s front page today is FIRE President Greg Lukianoff’s review of Slate Senior Editor Emily Bazelon’s new book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. Overall, Greg offers high praise for Bazelon’s book: 

[Bazelon] approaches the topic with an uncommon thoughtfulness and sobriety. She shows little interest in oversimplifying the problem and applies lawyerly and journalistic skepticism to a topic that badly needs clear, careful thinking.

He goes on to point out how our culture is often too quick to surrender our personal liberties during great moral panics. Greg points to the example of college campuses where the temptation to hastily expand the definition of "bullying" to include protected speech and innocuous behavior has had disastrous results for fundamental rights. In the end, Greg believes that Bazelon’s thoughtful and measured response to bullying makes her book an invaluable contribution to the national discussion of this divisive topic.

Check out Greg’s piece here, and make sure to pick up a copy of Emily Bazelon’s book, Sticks and Stones.