Whenever I picture a female bully, however, real faces come to mind, real experiences are recalled, and real recoveries are revisited. They are not concepts. They are people who redirected their fear at me.
From the time I was a child until this very day, the only bullies were females, girls like me.
I wonder why the only bullies I've suffered are female.
Is it because I am female?
Is it because I am a certain kind of female?
Is it because I grew up with only brothers in a neighborhood of boys?
Is a simple fact of numbers? Are there more female bullies than male?
Maybe the boys have been beating up all along.
Maybe I just haven't taken them seriously.
—me strauss Letting me be