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Mean Girls, Meaner Women: Understanding Why Women Backstab, Betray, and Trash-Talk Each Other and How to Heal Paperback – June 3, 2009
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The authors delve into Media bullying, Subliminal bullying, workplace bullying and why girls and women turn their anger inward and hurt the very person they do NOT want to be hurt -- themselves. AND solutions-- why at a young age, girls must be taught to be resourceful, independent, self-disciplined, focused and as feminine or as masculine as they wish to present -- WITHOUT fear of reprisal. And if reprisal comes along-- how to handle it.
The Appendices are extremely thought-provoking. This IS an excellent book to use at group meetings in safe spaces.
There is ONE sentence in this book that has a major typo and reads as if it was condoning violence -- Page 139 SHOULD read "Consider how you use technology. Are you using it to support and nurture your relationships with women and create community, or in ways that compromise your connections with them........" In this passage, the "OR" is missing-- and that my friend, makes a huuge difference in what we see and understand there.
I tried to find out if the authors had a blog but was unsuccessful in doing so. It would be great for women to get on, exchange ideas, work through their problems.... and be kinder to one another
And thank you (Erika?) for including Gay women AND Transgendered women in this book, as they have (myself included) had to put up with all kinds of outright or subtle bullying, exclusion and unfounded prejudice. We all are what we are -- we are all on our own personal life-journey -- why upset others'?
hurtful behavior between women is rooted in self hate. The authors spend many pages citing cultural/societal influences that
demean women and, in their view, contribute to that self hate. I am in my 60's and found these pages to be statements of the obvious -- things any aware, intelligent woman in American society can easily enough discern on her own without a need for this book. I also found the writing to be boring and repetitious in many places. The brain research as of 2009 was contained in a few pages and interesting, but one can get current information online. I cannot recommend this book to anyone frugal. I believe you will find much more professional material in other texts.
and oft times unresolved question
that afflicts a majority of girls and women
who are 'left out', bullied, ostracicized, harrassed
and demeaned by 'their sisters'(gender)
Reading this book will not 'even up the playing field' and eradicate
the cultural/social basis for the historical acts of debasing that
is routine among girls and women,
but it offers comfort in one's understanding the 'why' and hopefully
removes the internalized question that absords...nay 'rules' females
as they struggle with their self worth and images...
All young girls can benefit from reading this book
to be reminded as they grow into women
to demonstrate kindness to all 'sisters'.