For some reason, people are under the impression that hair loss and baldness is a light hearted topic. This pretty much gives people the license to poke fun at individuals who have been struggling with hair loss and baldness. Sure, there are millions of men and women around the world who experience balding, and there is no need to make a big deal out of this medical disorder, especially when it is caused by heredity. However, just because there is no need to take balding or hair loss too seriously like the other more dangerous medical disorders does not mean that people have the right to mock those who are going through this predicament. To most people who suffer from hair loss, the mocking might be limited to stale and lame jokes from their co-workers or friends whose words are not driven by malicious intent. That being said, there are those who have found themselves in real trouble because of the misfortune of having to deal with hair loss. Believe it or not, people actually get bullied for being bald.
Bullying is a Real Problem
Similar to hair loss, bullying should not be taken lightly. It is one of the fastest growing problems in the United States of America, and up until recently, there were very few people who were actively engaged in the mission of eliminating bullying from the lives of people. There are many reasons for which a person may become vulnerable to attacks from bullies. In most of the cases, people are bullied due to physical deformities, defects or frailties. Hair loss is undoubtedly one of them.
The Bullies Often Attack Those with Little or No Hair
It is one thing for your best friend to call you “baldy”, but it is an entirely different story to have a team of seemingly unknown people or acquaintances gang up on you and verbally harass you repeatedly for having less hair on your head than normal. Although adults are mostly associated with baldness and hair loss disorders, children and teenagers who are suffering from this problem are the ones who are most susceptible to being bullied in class, playgrounds and even at home.
Thanks to the development of modern technology and widespread use of social media, cyber bullying has become a major problem in several households. Many of the cyber bullies are adamant about shaming individuals who are experiencing hair loss or are bald. In other words, children who are balding or suffering from hair loss are specifically targeted by the bullies and are harassed over and over again till things reach a boiling point. There have been real life cases of children being afraid of using the internet or going to school because of how their classmates have humiliated them about their hair loss disorder. The current situation is quite dreadful to say the least.
The Importance of Learning About the Victim’s Story
One will never be able to understand the agonizing pain and hardship experienced by a bald person who has been bullied unless one talks to them in person or gets to know their story. While the researchers keep up their good work of coming up with new remedies, both natural and synthetic, for hair loss, it is our duty to express sympathy for those victims of hair loss who have been bullied and address the problem in our individual localities. There is a lot of lessons and inspiration to be derived from the real stories of real victims of hair loss and bullying. Reading those stories and spreading them around will help change people’s perception of young boys and girls or men and women who are going through hair loss. It will also draw attention to the problem of hair loss related bullying and instil in people the urge to do something about it.
Jakina Dortch is the perfect example of a girl who knows everything about bullying and hair loss. She has been bald ever since the age of 11 because she was diagnosed with alopecia areata. From that age onwards till the time she was 18, she had to rely on wigs to make sure that she blended in with the rest of the girls in her community. As you can quite clearly assume, life was anything but easy for Jakina during this uncomfortable period of time. Then came a time when she realized that the wigs were holding her back. Instead of helping her become like any other girl of her age, the wigs were inviting bullies to mock her and attack her. She gave up the wig and decided to sport a bald look. Judging by her current condition, that decision allowed her to combat the bullies successfully and work towards helping others who have faced similar problems in life. She is currently working on an anti-bullying campaign that goes by the name of “The Baldness in You”.