Mean Stinks!

Gang Up for Good

Bul­ly­ing and name-calling is an issue every­one can relate to. Here’s your chance to do some­thing about it by help­ing Secret Mean Stinks stop girl-to-girl bul­ly­ing and instead “Gang Up for Good”!

No one likes to be made fun of, espe­cially a young girl just enter­ing her teenage years. I can remem­ber mov­ing from my home­town in Michi­gan to Atlanta when I was 14 years old, basi­cally mov­ing to another planet as far as I was con­cerned. I went from a small Catholic school with a few hun­dred stu­dents to gigan­tic mono­lith filled with thou­sands. Granted, I wasn’t exactly alone with my twin sis­ter by my side, but I was far removed from my close group of friends back at home.

Things weren’t so bad in the begin­ning. I set up a lit­tle side busi­ness sell­ing candy and the huge school offered a seem­ingly end­less sup­ply of cus­tomers. I was happy stay­ing under the radar and mak­ing some cash. Lit­tle did I know the worst day of my high school life was right around the corner.

I was mind­ing my Ps and Qs in home ec. class one day when I heard snick­er­ing from all over the room. The laugh­ter got louder and louder, and pretty soon the entire class was look­ing at me. Did I have some­thing on my face? Was I drool­ing or some­thing? None of the above–I had a very nasty note stuck to the back of my shirt, a note so dis­taste­ful that I wouldn’t dare repeat it. I can remem­ber leav­ing the class­room that after­noon in tears.

I know there were a few nice kids in the class that were prob­a­bly afraid to say any­thing. I didn’t blame them for not stick­ing up for me and likely would’ve done the same thing myself at the time.  How I would’ve loved a “mean stinks” cam­paign back then, to see blue pinkies unit­ing and stick­ing up for me!

Here’s how to take the Mean Stinks pinky swear:

  • Paint your pinky nails blue, the color of peace.
  • Find your most fear­less friend.
  • Pinky swear that you’ll step-up to help end the drama in your school.

Join me in the move­ment to stop girl-to-girl bul­ly­ing by tak­ing the Mean Stinks pinky swear in a show of peace and sol­i­dar­ity. Thou­sands of girls have done so already!



Stop bul­ly­ing and instead “Gang Up for Good” by join­ing the Secret Mean Stinks move­ment on Face­book & Twit­ter! You can also find tons of great advice and tools at MeanStinks.com, ready to inform and inspire when girls need to stand-up to man and instead spread niceness.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bliss.foster Bliss Fos­ter

    Awe­some! Great to see stuff like this get­ting some attention.

  • http://twitter.com/artbarblog Bar Rucci / Art Bar

    love this post, i’ve read it to my kids and we are plan­ning a pinkie paint­ing soiree. thank you for shar­ing your per­sonal story, too. xo