The Mean Girl phenomenon in different ethnic groups

Rosalind Wiseman, Author & Educator, discusses how mean girls exist in all ethnic groups and how different ethnic groups can be mean about different issues
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The Mean Girl phenomenon in different ethnic groups

So mean girls can happen no matter what, how much money you have, no matter what the color the girl's skin is or what ethnicity they are or religion they are. This is really about unfortunately part of our human condition is that some people are going to try and have power over other people and their going to abuse that power. Now, the way it works in girl world it is because we're in this culture that is constantly telling girls what they can be and should be as girls. One of the ways that should filters itself out amongst girls with different raises there are just couple of 2 things that I would like to highlight for you. One is about hair and one is about skin tone so that usually in most ethnicity the wider classic stereotype your hair the more that is valued and so the people can go after you and having kinky hair of having too much of an afro or anything like that will going to put you down. The other which is very similar out we see in the Asian community as much as we see in the American community to Hispanic community is about skin color and skin tone. That the lighter your skin is and then supposedly the better you are more beautiful you are and we see the hugely in all different parts of the world. What's important for the girls to realize is the inner section of raises with this kind of sexism and once they realize that then what happens is really amazing. The girls get like wait a minute this not right this isn't right. I'm actually being conditioned to feel like I'm not valuable or that girl's not valuable because her skin color is darker that the other girls skin color. Those are the ways in which we can be really relevant to girls now about what racism looks like in today’s culture.

Rosalind Wiseman, Author & Educator, discusses how mean girls exist in all ethnic groups and how different ethnic groups can be mean about different issues


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Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership. Rosalind is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, the groundbreaking, fully-revised edition of her bestselling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls. Her follow-up book, Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads, addresses the social hierarchies and conflicts among parents and is now being made into a major motion picture by New Line Cinema. In 2010, Rosalind published the  young adult novel Boys, Girls, & Other Hazardous Materials, which was recognized by the American Library Association as one of their Most Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.  She is now writing a set of companion books for boys and their parents, scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2013. In addition, Rosalind has written the Owning Up Curriculum, a comprehensive social justice program for grades 6-12 which is in widespread use across the country.  She writes the monthly “Ask Rosalind” column in Family Circle magazine, and is regular contributor to several blogs and websites. Also, Rosalind is a spokesperson for LG’s Text-Education Council that aims to inform parents about responsible monitoring of teen cell phone usage. Each year Rosalind works with tens of thousands of students, educators, parents, counselors, coaches, and administrators to create communities based on the belief that each person has a responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity. In 2011, she was one of the principal speakers at the White House Summit on Bullying.  Other audiences have included the American School Counselors Association, International Chiefs of Police, American Association of School Administrators, and countless schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. National media regularly depends on Rosalind as the expert on ethical leadership, media literacy, and bullying prevention.  She is a consultant for Cartoon Network’s Speak Up, Stop Bullying campaign. She is a frequent guest on the Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360 and Dateline.  She has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, USA Today, Oprah, Nightline, CNN, Good Morning America, and National Public Radio affiliates throughout the country. Rosalind holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Occidental College. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two sons.

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