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Have you ever been discriminated, or feel like you've been discriminated in any kind of way? (explanation & list:…

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SonAmyFan362 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Writer

In general, I've felt discriminated against, especially in terms of employment. I sometimes feel as though employers don't like persons with disabilities (Which is what my case is.), and while I can accept rejection from an employer, I feel as though they should tell me the reason why my job application is rejected, as I feel if they don't tell me, then, I get this sad feeling that it is because of my disabilities.


It is also unfortunate that I feel discriminated against by DeviantART's hiring staff. (Not to mention, not getting any feedback from any staff to improve my chances of working on DeviantART in an Official Capacity. This may sound strange, but, it feels almost as if they should know how a disabled person feels like when they get rejected.)

apolu Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Around a year ago, no matter where I went... if there were parents with kids around, the parents would always freak out, and look at me like I was some sort of pedophile, shooing their kids behind them in a defensive fashion. I don't have any idea why they'd react like that. I'm not sure if that'd count as discrimination, but it definitely made a negative impact on my life.

And when I was younger people got on my case all the time about having speech troubles, calling me retarded and so on. Thankfully as I got older most of those troubles have gone away and only relapse when I'm nervous/etc. But even in recent months I've heard remarks about it. =w=~

And of course, the standard things, being different religion, not fitting gender "standards", etecetera.
FishInton Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
People used to wait until I was at least out of earshot before pointing and giggling, "Is it a boy of a girl?" It's a reflection of the lack of respect and discipline in the latest generation of youths that they don't even bother to wait now. I've had an eight year old verbally abuse me because of the way I look... surely sartorial choices don't mean THAT much?!

To top it all off, I know I won't get that abuse in a years time - if they knew I was FTM I'm sure that'd be different. Stupid really.

Books and covers.

Sure I'm being discriminated against in my hunt for a job too - my name apparently isn't a great seller in the workplace.
DruidElf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
We were very poor when I was growing up, but I went to what was considered the "rich kids' school" because it was in a newer, richer neighborhood, so I got quite a bit of crap for that. I'm also a tall, skinny redhead. I've gotten crap for all three. I have a fast metabolism, I swear! I'm not this thin just to make people angry, promise. Also, people get the unamused face when they say "Gingers have no souls." I like being a redhead. Buggeroff. Also, because my family is not all that religious (really, neither am I), several of my friends' parents thought I was a bad influence, which still cracks me up, actually, because I was/am the "goody-goody" in my family.

I STILL get it for being a girl gamer and geek/nerd. That one can be made up for by the fact that one in three people in public comment positively on my Zelda swag, but I definitely get more crap than my husband for being a gamer at all. I've had a few offensive conversations in unfamiliar gaming stores, but you can bet I don't go back if I get that nonsense.
turbopat Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   Writer
I've been discriminated against for being white. People think that never happens, but it does. My best friends mom hated me in school (and I still think she's stand off-ish). When I found that out and asked why my friend said, "My mom doesn't want me hanging out with white people so much." I was shocked because I never considered myself a bad influence or someone who would join the wrong crowd.

What's funny is my friend just got married to a white guy, and her mom loves him. When I brought that up to her she laughed and said, "Yeah I guess she just got used to the idea of me hanging out with people who weren't black."

There are other things like being a woman, or being young. People assume you don't know your stuff. The best thing you can do is put people in their place with your knowledge.
patronus-light Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer

For having too much money. Too little money. Living in a "rich" area. Going to the wrong school.
The list goes on and on. People discriminate when they are jealous and when the don't understand -- which leads to hate and fear. :roll:
MagicoffMusic Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been bullied through my school years in the NL.
but found out later it's a game of two or more people who challenge the other to bully someone..
Even though both actually don't want it.

the thing I always say these days: It's the bullies who are truly the weak ones.

In my school years i never got accepted for who i was. i always had to fight.
I've always been the loner.<--- well kind off.

I did have one or two friends but that was about it. during those years at school.

I really had to fight for my rights after all those years to get out of the lack of self-confidence. Eventually i succeeded. which was not easy. I still have setbacks at times, which brings back horrible memories :shrug:.
heokawolf Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
i would think everyone has been discriminated against and probably experienced racism at one time or another in their life. unfortunately that is just a part of human nature. we are not all created equal. everybody has different abilities, different talents and so forth. there are people who seem to be good at everything they do, people who can't seem to do anything well and everything in between. we are different colors, from different cultures and brought up in different environments and situations. it's what makes us individuals. we are also a very competitive species. there is still some of that "only the strong survive" instinct in us. it's all just part of the human condition.

sadly throughout history the fear of and hatred for those "different" or labeled "weak" or "dangerous" has lead to attempted genocide, slavery, ect. also greed and the quest for power have lead people to do horrible things.

personally, i think despite how horrible things are that were done in the past, it is still that..., the past, and people dwelling in the past, walking around saying "my ancestors were wronged, you were bad people, you owe me(us)" simply does not allow you to heal and grow. i think if more people would stop dwelling on the past, and live in the now and look more toward the future we would probably progress faster. but definitely don't forget the past. use it the way we are designed to. remember it and learn from it.

two good sayings would be "failure is the first step to success"and "those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it".
lolofm Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010   Traditional Artist
I've been discriminated when I interviewed or applied for a new job and was rejected because I have not enough experience. I've worked a full year just after I graduated from college and they expect you can do your job perfectly and make no mistakes or have enough experience to get the job. Most of the time they don't respond to your application at all. They say they need young people and all and there is lack of people applying, but let me tell you that's bullshit!
I'm a French teacher(now unemployed but looking still) in the Netherlands and I'm even French myself. I should be able to find a job right?! But no. That's why I'm back to college to get my degree in Mathematics to improve my chances at getting a job.
Everything in my life is going really well right now, except for the job part...
Luigigurl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes. for race (because i am african american) and for my height (i am female but i am 5'9")

i have also had the nice adults that'll tell me "oh you're so pretty and slim and tall, you should model" but in high school, people used to tease me. And I get looked at funny at my university because the majority of the students are either asian or white. And in highschool I was judged because (I'm from the South) I do not have any type of accent, I'm very articulate and I dress differently (very classy for school). I was told that i'm stuck up because of how I dress and the fact that I live in a really nice house. People are always going to judge you though in life for something. You cannot avoid it. Luckily, I have found my niche and while it is awkward sometimes at school, I've started to integrate myself more and more into the population and I've made new friends of all different shapes, backgrounds, sizes, and colors. Diversity is so much fun. Just take everything in stride
Windestaenzerin Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes :shrug: for being the youngest, for being from the North but living in the South, for being German, for not coming from Germany (no these two points are not contradictory, it's just a bit odd), for being strange, for being smart, for being at all (I've been bullied at school when I was a kid)
I guess it's hardly possible not to be discriminated at all during all your life...
It can even be funny to listen to those people, as long as they don't go too far
BaronByronBalazs Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Student
Yeah!! I always got made fun of because I couldn't sit still on the bus. The REAL trouble started when people heard that I'm gay. I get "fag" comments in the halls at school from people i don't even know, and on one occasion I received a not-so-discreet death threat from some guy sitting right in front of me. It's ridiculous that people feel they have to express their own opinion about MY life, and just because you've gotten hold of some info doesn't mean it really matters.
Lily-Atelier Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Yes, first because of the country I was born (Mxico). I am part mexican-spanish, but I lived in the US. I used to be called all kinds of names like wetback, frijol etc. Migration police in the US have various times being nasty to me... ;)

I am very proud of who I am, being me, not just a stereotype or colour. I am a human being and I deserve respect. Even if my last name is Medellin (people ask if I am into the drug cartel)... :eyepopping:

Second cause I am a woman, married with children. I was fired when I gave birth to my first child. So I try to work from home and study for the hard future...

Lately even at art school... again for being Mexican and for my art tastes. Sadly it made me leave school :( :tears:

Have you been discrimated?
Anako-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes... for not being thin (im not fat, but im not thin like these models), for having black hair, for being mentally ill ,for having panic desease, for having agoraphobia, for my scars, for having russian parents, for not wanting to drink alcohol all the time ( ive got a 5 times a year limit, because im afraid to get drinking problems), for liking manga & anime, aso...
Anako-Kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
the funny thing is, i have jewish ancestors, and i tell everyone, but NOBODY discriminates me because of this, thats the good thing about living in germany these times =D
soulsearcher1on1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry miss spelt" bullied"
soulsearcher1on1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Bullie all the way through school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WHY?
No one will ever know
shinobi344 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
It's hard to explain and it's not only once but i felt i've been discriminated numerous times.
Mi-chan785 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
I've read just a few of these comments here and think it's terrible how human beings treat each other...

I haven't been discriminated so far, I guess...
Well, some people tend to give me strange looks when I tell them, that I love Anime (I'm 25), since most people still think this is something just for kids.

Once someone made a stupid comment about my last name (it sounds polish, that's because my grandparents are from former Prussia... ) so some kind of racist was like "Are you from Poland?" - "No..." - "You're lucky then!", giving me a look that said "I'd punched you in that case!"
Though, funny thing, due to my name a client (I'm working in a pharmacy) tries to talk to me in Polish... every time he comes xD' I tell him every time I don't speak it, but somehow he always forgets it...

So... after all, I try to treat people like I want them to treat me, and so far... I think (or hope) I haven't done anything bad to people =)
RiverWye Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
I feel extremely lucky. I'm sure I've been harassed about something at some point, but I honestly can't think of anything that would count as discrimination off the top of my head. I guess there's been some "teasing" about my size (4'11" and not growing another inch!) but I'm happy being tiny, and as far as I can tell, it's all friendly stuff. =)
jinchuurikininja Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student Writer
Sadly I get discriminated for my weight-I'm age 14, 5-foot-1, and 189 pounds.

I've been really overweight for years, and people just tend to automatically look down on overweight people at first glance. It's not quite my fault, anyway. I was always sick when I was a little kid and-I have no idea when or for how long-the doctors put me on steriods.

I have asthma, so it's hard to do most exercises, and my siblings especially put me down for my weight.

My younger sister is the athlete of the family and constantly looks down on me for my weight. It's tough to be bullied by the 11-year-old youngest of the family. She constantly insults my weight, says negative things about my losing weight, and even physically attacks me.

I do try to lose weight, but it's practically impossible to do so. I eat a fairly regular amount of food, and do my best to eat healthily, but the pounds just keep adding on. I can't run for long and I can't stand most sports because they exhaust me.

The only exercises I actually like are dodgeball, capture the flag, weightlifting, and swimming. I love to swim, but don't get to very often, and I love dodgeball, which I also rarely get to do.

Probably because of the steroids I was prescribed when I was young, I'm actually pretty good at weightlifting for a female of my age. It's kind of fun and it doesn't tire me out, but still challenges me more than any sport I've ever played. But I feel like I shouldn't let anyone know about it. In gym class, all the girls complain when we go to the weightlifting room, but it's almost my only escape from the otherwise pure torture of gym, which I dread going to. All the girls sit there and use only 2 or 3 pounds, and I go for only a little more than they do because I don't want anyone staring when I'd rather go for 15 or 20.

When I was younger I always wanted to do things with the "older" kids. When I asked if I could go along, they wouldn't let me even though I was only 2 or 3 years younger than them. They'd ask my age and I'd say something like "11 and a half" and they'd smirk and say that only kids older than 12 or 12 and a half could go.

It's so unfair that people get discriminated for their age, race, and gender! They can't help those things-they're entirely natural. There's nothing that says a girl can't be just as strong as a boy or that a boy can't be just as smart as a girl, to say the general stereotype. One of the main things that bothers me about these types of discrimination is that so many people imagine some strong man when they think of heroes. There really should be more books out there where the girl is the hero, not the one in distress.

The world has enough problems-it shouldn't have to deal with discrimination of any kind.
Tasogares-Target Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
(I hope this advice doesn't sound preachy. I was in a bit of an argument about advice that sounds preachy recently, so inform me if it does.)

I've been harassed about being fat, as well. I recommend swimming, if you enjoy it. If you don't find swimming laps boring, it's one of the best exercises ever. It actually burns more calories than any other exercise I've heard of, including all of those that are talked about in health articles that are supposed to burn a lot. It actually burns around twice as many calories as most of those.

The quickest exercise method of getting off fat I know of is to mix up the kinds of exercises. Do a warm-up, take a short break (no more than a few minutes), strength/resistant train, then do some cardiovascular exercise no more than a few seconds after the strength training, if your asthma will allow it. Then take a 5-40 minute break (depending on what you think you need). For heavier and/or less in-shape folks, a real break should consist of lying down because the back muscles will likely be taxed by now. To keep up stamina, make sure to not slouch. Also, crunches and sit-ups will likely do more harm than good until you're lighter, so steer clear of those. Healing the cultivated muscles is too often overlooked. For best healing results, warm up before exercise, do belly breathing as much as you can, consume magnesium and protein and sleep after exercising, if you can.

Have you tried using a hepafilter?

I heard (from the Doctor Oz show) that the Zhu Ling mushroom can help people with asthma. In a quick search, I found: "Zhu Ling is also called the Polyporus. It enhances the immune system, helps build up muscle and even fights osteoporosis." The Ling Zhi mushroom is supposed to be able to battle allergies, fatigue, insomnia, liver disease and bronchitis. It's a natural immune system booster and also has anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used to soothe headaches and arthritis.

Most foods from famous brands/companies that market themselves as healthy actually aren't. They might have more fat, salt or sugar than their normal versions.
If you follow all of the other things, but still struggle, then it might be poisons. (Warning, this part sounds more preachy) Pesticides can increase someone's fat by 10%, so try to cut down on that. Ideally, thin-skinned fruits (such as apples) and thin vegetables (such as lettuces) should be organic. Processed food and its packaging can have somewhat similar effects, too.
jinchuurikininja Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student Writer
Hey, it doesn't sound preachy to me. :)

Thanks for the advice!!! I'll try it out!
Tasogares-Target Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Yay! I'm happy to help! Make sure you swim in the vicinity of someone else, since you have asthma.

Something else that's good is meditation. Real meditation is just about calming down and breathing well and not some kind of esoteric practice like people talk about. Get in any comfortable position, let your eyes droop, or close and breath in such a way that your lower abdomen expands and shrinks, without your chest moving. Doing that for even a couple minutes is a lot better than nothing. When I meditate, I get sleepy, then when I open my eyes, or try to do other things, I get a burst of energy. Breathing better improves energy, stamina, focus and lengthens life spans. It also decreases inflammation.

One more thing that helps is being more cheerful, if you're usually unhappy. If you're like me, it's much easier said than done, but every bit helps.

One more thing, if you stray from the fitness plan, don't get into the mindset that it's over. The moment you realize it, get back on track. Also, tweak what I've said to make it more fun for you to make sure you'll continue to do it.

I'll cheer for you. Surprise your apparently mean sister with your athleticism!
Fudgee0 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
D: In alot of ways, yes.
Because of race, being a girl even for being smart!
Discrimination is something that is so not needed these days. I think no-one should be bagging people out when they aren't perfect themselves. So really there should be no discrimination because no-one is perfect :)
ShinyCharizard Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mind you that English is not my mother-tongue, so excuse me for any spelling errors.

I have been discriminated most of my life because I've infantile Autism, diagnosed since the age of 3, thus I can't think like others, understand certain things like others, feel the same like others and it caused me to be hyper-sensitive as well. But despite that, I have feelings, dreams and wishes like every other individual.
Sadly, because of the inexperience about Autism amongst most people I've met, they had been treating me like a retard. I'm way too smart to be a retard, I just don't understand things like others. I've my own ways of understanding stuff and that either confuses or angers others.

There was one time when the school welfare officer in secondary school visited me at a collective where students lived the days we had studies at school. I had failed to attend school for about a week (which I did several times), pretending I was sick but I truly was an emotional wreck from all the stress. When we talked, there was one question he asked me and I had to think of an answer since I can't answer right away without doing something stupid. And after the delay, he called me stupid.
Why can't I ever have a chance to give an answer or opinion that won't insult anyone?

I was told a lot of childhood things, from my mom and older siblings because I have only a few memories from my childhood of my own (since I wasn't 'aware' of everything around me all the time).
When I was very young and my mom took me out somewhere, a stranger whom was informed that I had Autism took pity on my mom and me because I had this neurodevelopmental disorder!

Apart from having Autism, I'm hearing-impaired so I can't hear even half of what people say without hearing aids. And because of this, I've been discriminated and even bullied. Other students at schools would say something to me so I wouldn't hear it, and I tend to answer "What?". But then they just say it was nothing and start chuckling over it. I have been through that a lot of times, making me some kind of entertainment "tool".

I've already mentioned that I'm a smart person. Well, some classes at schools I attended to disliked me for being smarter than them, and I did well than most of them. They didn't directly tell me it, but I could sense it at times. And they would even bully me. There was times they were extreme and I could had quit school, but I was determined to finish school despite all the ill feelings going around.

I'm Swedish, thus I live in Sweden (well, duh). There's been times when I've told people on the Internet where I live and they respond on how small the country is and such. I've always wondered if the size of a country matters as long as people are happy to live there? I think not, and I don't care either.
There was one Swedish guy I talked with on MSN because he was being rude to a friend of mine. He called himself a psychologist, but he was the opposite. He told me that if I didn't drink alcoholic beverages, or got drunk for that matter, I wasn't a Swede. I've no idea where he got that idea but it was complete bullsh*t. He was a drunkard himself, truth to be told.

And another thing on the list is weight. I'm a female with the height of 5'9'' (possibly almost 6 feet tall) and my weight is around 269. I've been over-weight since my childhood. For many years, I've to hear people's insults about my weight. I've to admit that I don't exercise, but I've poor gross motor skills (following that I've good fine motor skills) so my body hurt after a while of training of any sort. I've been called many names such as "fatso" and "gross", to name a few. Even doctors have told me I weight far too much, and there was one doctor who said stuff like that I could get severely ill and possibly die. Because of that, I wasn't motivated to do anything about it since it didn't help at all. But I don't care about how I look like anymore.

But that's not all. What's worse is being discriminated in your own family, especially from your own parents. I live with my divorced mother (mind you, I have lived in an apartment) until I can find some place there I can live, yet have someone around to aid me. She has this... tendency to discriminate/insult me (and my disorders) anytime she can. She even pities herself to the extreme and calls both me and my siblings "handicapped" (my older brother is also hearing-impaired and my older sister had Borderline).
I've also been blamed for stuff I didn't intentionally commit (or at all), a lot of times that I care to count, by my mother, brother and also a few other people.

It's obvious that I love to watch anime, play computer games and video games. I've been discriminated for liking Pokemon, being told that it's for children and I'm too old. I've also been treated like a child because of the same reason and it's annoying.

There was one day a few years ago when I had to borrow my mother's laptop since my own computer was in the collective and she was at work. I accidentally stumbled upon a document she had written and its title had my name in it. I got curious and opened the document to read. All that was in the document was... negative wording. She wrote that the mixed disorders of Autism and hearing-impairment of mine wasn't good at all. She also wrote about my nocturnal enuresis, how it was expensive to buy laundry detergent and she had to do a lot of laundry as well.
There was no 'love' in the document and I almost started to cry when I realized how she truly thought about me.

That about sums up most of the discrimination I've gotten. Since I've written so much already, I want to end this comment with that I live by the golden rule; Treat others like you want to be treated. I respect other people, despite their race, sexuality, religion etc.
I don't see why I should be hostile to other individuals because they're not like me. I'd only lose on it by doing that. And I wish others could do the same, not only to me, but to everyone they cross ways with.
BelovedSacrifice Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
I am technically underweight. I am constantly being given shit for "being on a diet" and "not eating the normal amount" even though I'm not on a diet of any kind. I just don't eat much. I don't have any kind of eating disorder, but I get treated like I do.
Nsiskul Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Obviously there's sexism, which is still alive and well. I find sexism is the most blatant, there are a lot of rude comments made. For me, it isn't so much the comments or jokes that bother me, but rather what they represent (which is usually that women are valued for their body).
I also have been discriminated based on my race (I'm Native American). For example, I live on a reserve and, because of that, some friends aren't allowed over. Other examples include racist stereotypes and slurs. A lot of it is subtle so it can be hard to prove anything. I once had someone insinuate that I shouldn't be respected because "no one has respected the Natives until now anyways."
Nsiskul Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Other discrimination is through religion; I'm a Christian and there are a lot of stereotypes that come along with that. Also, I'm just coming out of a shy stage. I found when I was shy(er) I was discriminated or picked on more. I find liking anime and video games is something people seem to mock as well. Other areas of discrimination would be my weight and height (I'm really skinny and kind of short (around 5"2)). It was worse when I was younger though.
However, the biggest areas of discrimination are definitely (for me): race, gender, and religion.
RaynStrom Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
I've always been the odd one, being a goody goody two shoes, and now ungodly tall. Elementary school was terrible, being emotionally unstable as I was from prior trauma and and evil 4th grade teacher(Having an undetected bladder infection for half a school year+evil teacher+emotional instability+4th graders= meltdown). Now I'm a sophomore in highschool, I've just gotten to where I no longer let what other people think affect me negatively. :D
kawajenn Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I get funny looks in public whenever I go shopping with my mom and little sister.
I'm 17, and my sister's 2.
You do the math.
Brat-Innocenty Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
To the point I no longer remember why I should feel uncomfortable about it, and as for the cause... To be frank, it was mostly just not matching a vision of me a given person was imagining- which usuallly was something perfect, highly idealistic and so unreal it was completely retarded :| As such, it could include just about anything: Grades or performance at given tasks, personal opinions, interests, hobbies, or even partaking in activities that were typical for other kids/ people my age... There was a lot of things I was and wasn't expected to do, say, like, be interested in or take part of, and they tended to vary from person to person depending on what kind of idealised vision of me s/he would try to push onto me :/ Needless to say, it meant I came to expect practically anything can serve as a good reason for prejudiced behaviour towards me :unimpressed:
Having to deal with discrimination on regular basics, though, taught me very well how it works in many cases, and also how to avoid it- and, to be perfectly honest, I just can't believe how some people seem not to realise being discriminated is also something they're responsible for :| One thing I've learned very, very fast is that no matter how unfair it is, it's something that simply happens, just as many other unfair things in the world; and just with many other bad things, it is wise to realise it and adapt to it >____> I noticed how much keeping a low profile can be helpful and how much attracting attention can make things worse, and gosh, I did both of these many times... But, at the very least, each time I chose to stand out like a sore thumb I did it knowing full well, and accepting, that what *I'm* doing might make me discriminated against :x I didn't act like I'm a victim and other, bad people are to blame. It's my choice- which means it's also my consequences. I'm old enough to know that I'm responsible for what I say or do, and I realise that with some things you'd better either do them ready to bear the full blunt of it- or just don't do it at all :<
That's why each time I see some people getting into trouble all ahead full, crying out for the unjust treatment they recieve for it, failing to learn anything from it and then just repeating the circle over and over, I can't help but think one very mean thing: "Some people are not being discriminated for who they are. They are discriminated for being such total idiots about it" :(
It's almost funny what having to stand much discrimination can do to you :o
matb70774 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Yeah... I can't hang out with my best friend at her house because I'm black.... :(
Inamax Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Student Artist
I've always been discriminated because of my weight. My weight isn't much but here everybody is thin and expect YOU to be thin when sometimes you just.. can't. That is really hard for to overcome to this day.
I've been discriminated because I am different - read books, draw in class [well that was before in my new school it's different], for liking manga. For majoring illustration.
Before I've discriminated for almost anything you name :(
That sucks cause I've always believed in treating people the same way you want them to treat you. Oh well.
Starlow-FTW Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Sad that this is what some people are like; guys are discriminated against, girls are discriminated against, people of all races and religions are discriminated against, and the list goes on.

I voted no, though. I've been made fun of somewhat; everyone has, but not discriminated against. I have thick skin though, so nothing really bothers me as much as what others do. Every now and then some people had a smart remark, but I'm well liked by almost everyone but the envious, lesser people. I've never seen anyone discriminated against before, for any reason, which seems to be unusual, I bet?
Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Student General Artist
Well, I guess there's no harm in just going through the list. This may get kind of ranty, so I apologize in advance.

1. I'm Christian. I have been told, and these are actual quotes, "Christianity is a moronic religion," "All Christians are hypocrites," "The Bible is full of contradictions," and so forth. The last comment wouldn't normally be offensive, but it was in the context, because I somehow ended up in a conversation in which everyone in the group was being hateful towards Christianity / Christians. Every time they made an assertion, they'd cut me off before I could answer the question or statement. They claimed that they wanted to have an open-minded discussion, which I'm not against, but in truth they only wanted to have those around them confirm their own opinions.

2. I'm thin. I'm 5'4 and 86-90 lbs. I don't like to think about the fact that I'm physically vulnerable, especially as a young woman, so even benign comments about my weight (OMG, you're so little!) set me on edge. That's not even mentioning the obviously aggressive comments such as "I hate anorexic girls like you." Thanks. Always good to know I'm hated. Or the fake concern about my health ("Honey, you should eat more! Get some meat on them bones!"). I mean, really? I didn't know that! It's not like doctors haven't been on my case since, ah, birth. Besides, would you like it if when you sat down for lunch I said, "Oh sweetie, should you really eat that pie? I could get you a salad. You need eat less." I assure you, if I ever said that, I deserve to be punched in the face.

Which, incidentally, I can't do because...

3. I'm a pacifist. You'd think this would be a good thing, right? I tend to be mild mannered and make an effort to leave a situation that I think would lead me to violence. And yet, more than once I have had friends (both times it was a guy) who, when they found out, tried to annoy me to the point of me slapping them. I never did, by the way, but they really did succeed in pissing me off, getting in my personal space and such.

4. I'm a pro-life feminist Being pro-life goes along with the pacifism. And anti-war stance. And anti-death-penalty stance. It actually has nothing to do with my religion, and my favorite essay on pro-life is by a humanist agnostic. Usually people are okay with this, since it fits with the rest of my life style, but I have at some points been called "woman hating" and a "traitor to my gender." Again, the most offense thing about these situations is that they come up when people claim they want to have an intellectual discussion when in fact they only want to have everyone agree with them.

5. I'm a good writer / artist.I can't ever remember being picked on per se for being talented. I do remember feeling awkward when we would share art or writing with the class, and if I shared first, no one else would want to share. I never understood that. The other students would act embarrassed that their writing or art wasn't as good as mine, and yet they somehow managed to make that my fault. This really isn't an issue now in High School, since I'm in Advanced Placement classes where everyone has a lot of confidence in their Art and Writing.

Throughout the years, I feel like I've gotten better at handling situations when they come up. I guess I have more answers, better self-esteem, and surround myself with friends who, even if we don't see eye-to-eye on every issue, respect me.
Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh, and for having a chronic illness. I meant to mention that in the part about being thin (that's why I'm so skinny). I have a cough that won't go away, and people sometimes give me dirty looks.

Dang. This sounds like a freakin' pity party. It's not, though.
StaraLaura Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
A lot of people don't trust me because I'm half Vietnamese and half German so they assume that I'm a Nazi and Commie, both of which I am extremely against. Then, if they don't believe the Nazi or Commie idea, they think that I'm a freak because I'm mixed. :cry:

This world doesn't any more hurt. DX
greekaholic Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
I'm a little chubby so when I was younger I got teased for that. Later (aka now) I get teased more for being a nerd. You know I care about my school work and I like nerdy stuff and know a lot about it. I'm proud of being nerdy but I get tormented for it.
DragonTamer13 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
When I was younger, these guys on the bus made fun of me for liking Pokemon or some other reason. But it's weird cause their friends like Pokemon as well. Maybe it's because they were boys and I'm a girl...I don't know.

I also wear a bunch of dark colors and one guy asked if I was emo. Don't get me wrong...He's a nice guy and everything. And there were these other girls in my school who tried to get my attention by referring me by "the emo girl/kid." I ignored them because...well they were acting like bitches.
shichan88 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
When I was a kid I didn't know how to stand up for myself and was picked on a bit, and I'm also very gullible (less now) and people got many giggles out of that, too. It hurt, and I always felt left out. Since I've grown up, I've learned that not getting my feathers ruffled and taking it out on people works in my favor, and that being gullible also means I have an open mind. I'm not perfect, and I do have temper, but I'm working hard to manage it and stay open-minded and compassionate. I selected "I don't know" because it's not exactly discrimination, and I might have scars but they've healed, and I've learned from them. :)
Nine-tailed-FireFox Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
I think everybody's been discriminated in some kind of way. It's sad what people are discriminated for, I think it's just ignorance. :p
In primary I was quiet, pretty much mute in the classroom, so my classmates didn't like me much cuz I didn't speak to them. It got much worse at high school, even the teachers shouted at me. :O_o:
Although, you could say my classmates were being discriminated against (I think) since sometimes I didn't have to do P.E, drama, speaking etc and they did, although I guess it was a lot easier for them. ^^;
Spikestar5 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
yup, for being a "hateful, discriminatory christian" to quote one person. (not from the page, but from someone I know) Kind of hurts know I have to watch out for people when I'm a christian and just saying so makes me a "gay hating, loveless person." *sigh* the world these days.
alaarch Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Student Photographer
My whole life I've been discriminated because I was overweight. Lost weight, then I was discriminated against for that! Just no pleasing some people, and an eating disorder and distorted body image is now there to always remind me of that >>
FlashofMauve Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
My dad treats me (and my sister and mother) like idiots because we are female. :/ Believe it or not, dad, I like it more when you compliment my brain than when you congratulate me on dressing nicely.

Also, it's a bit unpleasant to be considered untrustworthy, spoiled and racist just because I'm white.
TheRoadNovel Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been treated badly because I'm skinny. Questions like "are you anorectic" or "do you hate eating" may sound innocent, but their not. When I was about 12 years old, I was told in a very mean way that I'm just a bunch of bones. The girl who said it was over-weight (maybe she was jealous..) and when I told her that okay, I'm just bones, but your just fat. I know it was mean too, but you won't believe how much shit hit the fan because of that.

It's kind of sick how magazines and people praise that you should love your body no matter what, because everyone is beautiful. If a really fat person tells that they love their body, then it seems to be okay. But if a skinny person says the same thing, then everybody assumes that they totally support size 0 models, throwing up and eating only cabbage = they're bad persons. Nobody believes that I just have a bit different metabolism.

I just don't understand why it is okay to tell Jack that he is a freaking skeleton, but you can't say anything to Jill just because she has a bit more meat of her bones. End of rant. I'm just sick and tired of being treated like crap, because I'm skinny and small. =P Can't we all just get along?
phridoleenus Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I agree 100%. I've never understood why it's okay to call a skinny person anorectic or "a bunch of bones" when calling a person fat is the worst possible thing to do.
TheRoadNovel Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank god, that someone understands me. :)

The point of my story was that it's not okay to call someone a fatso, but it's also not okay to assume that all skinny people are anorectic or "bag of bones". But whenever I try to bring up the subject that skinny people have feelings too, someone has to say that I'm wrong or I'm being mean. :/
phridoleenus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
rosaquatica Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
I used to get discriminated for being shy and being different!
I used to be labeled the nerd, smartass and 4 eyes! and other I disliked would be like she doesnt go out cuz her parents are too overprotective but I just didnt want to go to the same places as them! Then they tried to get me in the wrong crowds but thankfully iI always ignored them!!

But when 8th grade came I said #@$% this! and now I do what I want
and hang out with people who want to be my friends and not just put labels on others!
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