By Carolyn Hardy, Editorial Intern
Most girls can relate to some experience with girl fighting—physical, verbal, or emotional. Sometimes it’s “out there” and sometimes it’s in secret. Two college-aged women, Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, recently decided to take a stand against girl-on-girl bullying and start encouraging kindness. They started the KIND Campaign in 2009; it has grown into a full documentary and an international message to girls to STOP the competition, STOP the cattiness, STOP the hate, and BE KIND.
Kindcampaign.com has loads of ways for you to get involved and take part in the campaign!
- Kind Cards: Post positive messages to the girls in your life to let them know how important and how loved they are.
- Kind Magazine: Read more true-life stories from girls and their experiences with girl crime and finding the kind in their lives.
- Kind Country: See where Lauren, Molly, and KIND have been on their tour and check to see if there’s a KIND club near you. If there’s not, find out how to start one!
- Kind Girls: Show your support for the KIND campaign. Type in your name and upload your photo to the mural of dozens of other girls who support KIND.
- In the Media: Check out interviews with Lauren and Molly and see how far KIND has reached among the media.
- Library: Look over the KIND-recommended booklist for girls in middle and high school—They accurately portray “girl world” and the prevalence of girl crime.
- T.A.P.: Here is where you can do the most to support the KIND campaign.
- T is for Truth: Share your experiences and how you’ve been affected by girl bullying to help expose the truth of what happens in the girl world.
- A is for Apology: Write an apology to someone you’ve harmed through girl-on-girl crime. You’re encouraged to share your apology with the person to whom you’re writing.
- P is for Pledge: Take the KIND pledge to unite in kindness in an effort to end female bullying.
Click here to see if a KIND club is hosting a screening of the documentary near you.
For more information about girl-on-girl violence, check out:
Deborah Prothrow-Stith and Howard R. Spivak, Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice: How We Can Stop Girls’ Violence (2005)
Lyn Mikel Brown, Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection among Girls (2003)
Note that Lyn Mikel Brown will be offering the Jean Baker Miller Memorial Lecture at Wellesley College on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 7 pm. The title is “Fighting Like a Girl: How Girls Can and Do Make a Difference.” The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Visit: http://www.jbmti.org/.