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  1. Mean GirlsRelational Aggression and our Residential Communities

  2. Learning Objectives

  3. Relational Aggression

  4. Understanding Mean Girls

  5. Kinds of Popularity “Regina George is an evil dictator. How do you overthrow an evil dictator? You take away her resources. She would be nothing without her high-status man-candy, technically good physique, and evil band of loyal followers.” ~Janis Ian, Mean Girls

  6. Girls vs. Boys

  7. Girls vs. Boys

  8. The Queen Bee and Her Court “We have rules about what we wear. You can only wear your hair up (like in a ponytail) once a week. You can’t wear a tank top two days in a row. You can only wear jeans on Friday and that’s also the only time you can wear sneakers. If you break any of these rules, you can’t sit with us at lunch.” Gabrielle, 15

  9. The Ways Girls Bully

  10. Why Girls Bully Bullying begins early and changes form throughout childhood and adolescence: girls tend to become increasingly manipulative and damaging as they age

  11. What is Cyberbullying? Almost 60% of cyber victims are female 1/3 of undergraduate students report being stalked over the internet

  12. How Bullying Affects Our Residential Communities What have you seen in your communities?

  13. What to Look For

  14. What to Look For

  15. How to Combat Mean Girls What have you found to be successful?

  16. Controlling Your Inner Bitch Calling somebody else fat won’t make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn’t make you any smarter. And ruining Regina George’s life definitely didn’t make me any happier. All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you. Cady, Mean Girls

  17. How to Support Targets It is important to empower the victim to confront their aggressor. If you confront their aggressor, this may lead to intensified aggression.

  18. Resources Books Brizendine, L. (2006). The Female Brain. New York: Broadway. Evans, N., Forney, D., & Guido-DiBrito, F. (1998). Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Figes, K. (2007). The Big Fat Bitch Book. London: Virago. Wiseman, R. (2002). Queen Bees & Wannabes. New York: Three Rivers Press Articles and Websites Li, Q. (2007). New bottle but old wine: A research of cyberbullying in schools. Computers in Human Behavior, 23, 1777-1791. Mayeux, L., & Cillessen, A.H.N. (2008). It’s not just being popular, it’s knowing it too: The role of self perceptions of status in the associations between peer status and aggression. Social Development, 17, 4, 871-888. Puckett, M., Aikins, J.W., Cillessen, A.H.N. (2008). Moderators of the association between relational aggression and perceived popularity. Aggressive Behavior, 34, 563-576.

  19. Resources Other recommended resources: Film Mean Girls The Breakfast Club Heathers Drop Dead Gorgeous Websites -- American Association of University Women – Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network – – –