"Rude" and "inconsiderate" would certainly, to my mind, characterize the email to Ms. Livingston. Therefore I would agree with some of the posts here that "bullying" perhaps goes too far in describing the note's message. I understand bullying as the ugly twin to harassment, which is a more sustained kind of behavior that manifests itself over a period of time. In no way do I minimize the hurt and insult to which Ms. Livingston was subjected; women in particular continue to be placed under a microscope and subject to both subtle and explicit pressure to look and present in a particular way. At the same time, however, care must be taken in how and in what circumstances we apply very strong labels such as "bullying" wherein the label may in truth be misapplied.
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