Thursday, March 17, 2011


As girls open up about this topic, it can be very tempting to starting placing blame 
on the “mean girls” themselves. Try to keep the discussion focused on how girls can avoid becoming 
“mean girls” and what they can do to deal with “mean girls” in a godly way.

As girls, it’s nearly impossible to make it through adolescence without experiencing a mean girl in 
some way. You might find yourself on the receiving end, you might be watching one of your friends be 
on the receiving end, or you might possibly be a mean girl at one time or another. Use the following 
definition and Scripture verses to establish a plan to face the mean girls in your world.
This definition is from the book Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons:
“Unlike boys, who tend to bully acquaintances or strangers, girls frequently attack within  
tightly knit friendship networks, making aggression harder to identify and intensifying the  
damage to the victims. Within the hidden culture of aggression, girls fight with body  
language and relationships instead of fists and knives. In this world, friendship is a weapon,  
and the sting of a shout pales in comparison to a day of someone’s silence. There is no  
gesture more devastating than the back turning away.”

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