Thursday, November 8, 2012

November 8 for No H8 in the Nail Polish Blogger Community

"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."
-Eradicate H8

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I've stated it before, I'm not specifically just a nail blogger --however, I do consider myself a part of the nail blogging community. 
This is two coats of China Glaze Urban Night underneath one coat of a Sally Hansen Prism Polish.

Personally, the most bullying I've received has been on the Internet.
I'm a shy person, not because of my experience being bullied, but because the fear of it. I don't think there's any person who would like to be called names or talked down on. I'm not entirely sure what it is about bringing someone else down that makes people feel better about themselves. It's one thing when a mean thought pops into your head and you have the decency to at least keep it to yourself, it's an entirely different thing when you think it and then decide to broadcast it to whoever will listen. I won't go into talking about how immature people can be or how stupid I may find it, because it won't change anything. However, I will say that it's wrong.. and it shouldn't take 150+ people pointing it out for someone to realize that.

The worst part is, we can have so much positive feedback yet we let that one negative person or those few mean comments bring us down, despite all of the support we get from others. Don't let someone else determine your self worth. You are YOU and that will never change. You could change yourself into whatever it is society or those people want you to be, but that doesn't mean you'll be happy and that certainly doesn't mean there won't be more people trying to bring you down. You can't make the world happy, so at least make yourself happy.

If you're experiencing bullying of any kind, whether it be in person or cyber bullying, know you're not alone and there's always someone that's willing to help, chances are they've been where you have too.
Report Cyber Bullying
National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 800.273.TALK (8255)
Eradicate H8

Also, a video that not only has a good message but helps me to laugh it off is AndreasChoice - Why are you confident?
"Who are these people to me? They're no one."


  1. Love this! Such a beautiful mani :)I honestly didn't even know how much bullying went on in our nail blog community but I find it very disturbing now that I see. I just don't understand why people feel the need to bring others down. I mean I know that they are unhappy with their lives and can't allow themselves to be a part of such a loving community, but at the same time what do they gain? Absolutely nothing. Your manis are ALWAYS beautiful and I think every single one of them is perfect! Never let anyone ever tell you otherwise :) I'm proud to be able to tell people I'm a nail blogger and so happy to be part of this community!

    1. Thank you! I wasn't really aware of it in the nail polish community either. I recently experienced it myself when Beautylish had featured a manicure of mine on their page. Then I had seen more hate about messy cuticles and I jumped at the chance to make a post for this cause. I don't know what it does for people either, it makes no sense to me. Thank you so much! I agree and I don't see how anyone could be content knowing they make people feel bad for simply being themself!

  2. Wow! I really love this Idea. :) I am a victim of bullying and I really hate it...I think God because He helped me overcome it. I could still remember when I was in my elementary years most of my classmates bully me but right now where are they now? They get marry early and have no jobs! :) God will bless them! :)


    1. Awww, Daisy!! You overcome it though and look at you, you beautiful girl!

    2. Thank you! Aww, I'm sorry to hear that. I'm not sure what it is that drives people to doing it. Like Jayne said, look at you! You are beautiful and it just goes to show nothing negative they could have ever said is true! (:

  3. Gorgeous purple holo for a great cause! The internet is all about bullies and unfortunately, they won't go away. I am always amazed at how mean people can be. Hopefully you weren't bullied too badly on the Internet...

    1. Thank you, Jayne! It is unfortunate, but it's good that there's more awareness for it. Maybe exposing it will help it die down by helping people not be so affected by it. You can only insult a wall for so long, right? Haha.
      It didn't affect me much considering I knew it wasn't true. It was mostly when I would play online games which I really don't do anymore haha.

  4. Beautiful! I love your involvement!

  5. Lovely mani!

    I wouldn't get the internet bullying get to you too much, typically people that are posting those nasty hurtful things because they are not satisfied in their own lives so they try and put others down to make themselves feel better.

    I find that bullying is a lot different now then when I was a kid, kids have no escape any more - with facebook and all the other social media outlets they cannot hide anymore, not even in the safety of their own home. And is it just me or are kids a lot meaner now then what I remember! >:0

  6. Love this post and manicure! Bullies will always take the chance to hide behind a keyboard. I remember getting hate posts my anons on tumblr telling me to stop posting on my blog! It always hurts to see those type of comments but the positive ones keep me on my blog. I always liked you manicures and I continue to do so. :)

  7. Very pretty! When I was in high school, I had girls set up a whole site devoted to how much they hated me. But they acted scared when I said something about it to them in person. I really don't get why some people have nothing better to do with their time than be rude.

  8. This is so great of you to post about something as important as this. Perhaps a bit unrelated but I was literally JUST saying to my husband about how too many people in this world mistake being rude or, essentially, an asshole as being seen as strong and confident. It takes a much bigger person to constantly be positive and nice to those around them - those are the real 'strong' people, in my eyes.

    Beautiful nail color! So happy we are following each other :) <3

    - Erin - One girl's attempt at creating 365 different make-up looks in as many days

  9. Beautifully said, Christa. I love the mani you did for this cause. I definitely know what you mean when just one negative person can bring you down. I'm glad we are surrounded with many positive and inspiring people in the blogging community! <3


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