Saturday, February 11, 2012
make the world a better place
Daily Targum: As an actress, director and writer with more than 20 years of professional theater experience, Scooter said she worked with teens across the nation on self-acceptance, inclusion and self-love. "My dedication has been to live theater because I believe in the power of human contact," Scooter said. Drawing on her experiences as a young child growing up in Washington, D.C., and experiences of those she worked with, the play will address how bullying starts, its results and stories of triumph and personal accomplishment. As a child, Scooter said she was called ugly and stupid in school, witnessing first-hand the detrimental effects bullying can have on young people. "As I got older, I learned that if you looked a certain way you could get away with not being bullied," she said. "That didn't seem fair." Scooter's 11-year-old daughter is reaching the age where bullying and teasing are common behaviors in schools. When her daughter became aware of the effects of bullying, Scooter, a lesbian single mom, said she was compelled to reach out to young individuals and help them understand how much power they have to make their world a better place (Alumna tackles bullying with one-woman act).
CD Universe: Pandora Scooter is a performing poet and spoken-word artist with a pro-woman/pro-human/pro-dyke flair. For her breath, Pandora prefers the titles rhythmic ranter, rhymescape philosopher, mother, and human rights activist (Pandora Scooter - Carpe Dyke CD).
Bullying is an abusive treatment, the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when habitual and involving an imbalance of power. It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed persistently towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. The "imbalance of power" may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a "targeted individual" (Wikipedia).