Representative Bachmann has criticized antibullying legislation, saying in 2006 that “there have always been bullies, always have been, always will be.”
“I just don’t know how we’re ever going to get to point of zero tolerance, and what does it mean?” Bachmann said during a 2006 Minnesota state legislature hearing. “What will be our definition of bullying? Will it get to the point where we are completely stifling free speech and expression? Will it mean that what form of behavior will there be — will we be expecting boys to be girls?”
Now that’s a toxic understanding of masculinity.
This is part of a discussion of the rash of teen suicides, many of them resulting from antigay bullying, in Bachmann’s district– and Nancy Pelosi’s suggestion that Bachmann should comment on them.