Stop condemning 'girly' boys

It is unsurprising to read that there is a high rate of bullying in schools today (Poll: Taunts of 'girly' rampant among boys; July 12).

It shows that Singaporeans have yet to learn to accept people who are different.

It is utterly ridiculous to tell boys who look more "effeminate" to "man up".

If it is socially acceptable - and even cool - for girls to dress like the opposite gender and act boyish, should "girly" boys be condemned and shunned?

Considering the consequences of bullying, we should not leave this issue unaddressed.

Perhaps, it is time for us to push for change in how the authorities deal with bullying. Teachers cannot close an eye to children who consistently do wrong.

Lim Xin Yi, 16

Secondary 4 student

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2017, with the headline 'Stop condemning 'girly' boys'. Print Edition | Subscribe