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New Jersey High School Girls Create Slut List

Were There Mean Girls at Your High School?

Tina Fey captured the essence of high school girl-on-girl cruelty when she wrote the screenplay for Mean Girls. In the movie, Lindsay Lohan's character Cady describes how the queen of mean Regina George ruled her minion Gretchen, in addition to the whole school:

The meaner Regina was to her, the more Gretchen tried to win Regina back. She knew it was better to be in the plastics, hating life, than to not be in at all.

The New York Times recently stumbled upon the mean-girl phenomenon in the form of a "slut list" at a New Jersey high school. This list included the names of about a dozen pretty and popular incoming freshman along with crass descriptions.

It's safe to assume that every high school girl has experienced the competition and cattiness romanticized by Hollywood (don't forget Gossip Girl too!). But is the New Jersey "slut list" story closer to Hollywood or your own high school experience?

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free-fallin free-fallin 6 years
This was actually my high school (no joke)! The situation was very exaggerated, and most people in the school don't think it is a very big deal. Even the news dramatizes issues, not just Hollywood. That being said, there are still a small group of "mean girls" who pick on younger girls with the goal of making them feel small (though the younger girls enjoy the attention).
dikke-kus dikke-kus 6 years
maybe there was the popular bunch but no one ever picked on me or anything. I wasn't popular but to fit in a little I did swim team and softball. I also did track. Mostly the girls were preoccupied with themselves. Maybe a couple of kids got picked on for being heavy, but I kept to myself and excelled in art classes. That kinda thing. Nothing like how they portray in movies. I being acutely aware of how I looked and kept up with fashions and hair like it was the most important thing in the world.
vanitypot vanitypot 6 years
and oh, in middle school though, mean girls existed and i remember being bullied all the time.. it took me years to get over it and finally come out of my shell! :(
vanitypot vanitypot 6 years
not in my high school or probably i was too pre-occupied with extra-curricular stuff and academics to even take notice! :p there were mean girls probably but they didn't necessarily belong to my section (we were *academically* grouped like the top 1 to top 50 students were all classmates) :x
Akasha Akasha 6 years
Yes, we def had the Mean Girls at my high schools. My freshman year my mother moved me to South Jersey and those had to be the worst not only were they mean they were violent. I can't tell you the number of times I got jumped because of my accent and the fact that me and my parents were in entertainment, but the straw that finally broke the camels back was when they set a burning cross up in my front lawn. I guess being mixed was a big no-no in my neighborhood. Being from europe I had never experienced that before. Sophomore year I transfered to another high school with more of diverse group of people in it, and things were just as bad if not worse because I started to get physically abused. Showing up in magazines was a big no-no as well. I finally moved back to Europe and went to boarding school there. I can't complain now. I have a great education, I speak 3 languages, and have traveled to over 30 countries. Plus, the girls that used to pick on me are all fat with multiple children and no husbands. Karma is bitch.
Akasha Akasha 6 years
Yes, we def had the Mean Girls at my high schools. My freshman year my mother moved me to South Jersey and those had to be the worst not only were they mean they were violent. I can't tell you the number of times I got jumped because of my accent and the fact that me and my parents were in entertainment, but the straw that finally broke the camels back was when they set a burning cross up in my front lawn. I guess being mixed was a big no-no in my neighborhood. Being from europe I had never experienced that before. Sophomore year I transfered to another high school with more of diverse group of people in it, and things were just as bad if not worse because I started to get physically abused. Showing up in magazines was a big no-no as well. I finally moved back to Europe and went to boarding school there. I can't complain now. I have a great education, I speak 3 languages, and have traveled to over 30 countries. Plus, the girls that used to pick on me are all fat with multiple children and no husbands. Karma is bitch.
blondeyy blondeyy 6 years
:ROTFL: @ Daisy Duke.... #23
blondeyy blondeyy 6 years
*****XXStardust - I'm with you. My school was way to large for this kind of drama. We had so many separate groups, that you really didn't know anyone else other than who you hung out with in your own group. I had 1500 kids in my senior class. But, there typically are mean girls in high schools I would guess. And, listening to the news about internet bullying seems to be getting a younger crowd. Sad. :scared:
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
It probably did, but I was so into my own thing that I didn't even notice it. So my answer is NO.
pippins_halfling pippins_halfling 6 years
We kind of did, but it wasn't nearly as harsh as Mean Girls.
bethinabox bethinabox 6 years
Nah, not really. I went to a high school with over 5000 kids, and like some other people have said, that just doesn't happen with schools that size. There were loosely defined groups, but there was so much intermingling that it really didn't matter.
MegN MegN 6 years
I think our school was too new (When I started the school was in it's third year) to really have cliques and the like. There were groups of people, based on what you did/liked. Skaters, jocks, geeks, nerds, whatever. But we all kinda hung out together.
Alyssa9986 Alyssa9986 6 years
Oh, and when I saw the movie I nearly died considering the "leader" of our "group" was a complete REPLICA of Regina. I started hanging out with my parent after that.
Alyssa9986 Alyssa9986 6 years
My Dad got transferred from Texas to California at the end of my sophomore year of high school...in retrospect, I was befriended by the Mean Girls at my new school -- unfortunately, I think it took me a good year to figure that out.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 6 years
Oh yeah, there was a horrible group at my highschool. What's nice though is because of FB I could see Karma def gave what was coming to them and yes its a nice feeling.
Jmartens Jmartens 6 years
mean girl, I mean
Jmartens Jmartens 6 years
mean girl, I mean
Jmartens Jmartens 6 years
If you say no, its because you were the bad girl.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
I guess there were some but my school had over 4000 kids so it wasn't like there was any one group or person that was well known, or in control of the entire school
pink-elephant pink-elephant 6 years
Yeah, it was a problem in my school, but mean girls are everywhere, not just in HS. Unfortunately, not all of the mean girls who were at my school ever matured or realized how b*tchy they were. I have run into them a couple times since and they're still the same b*tches that they were then..
spicyaroma spicyaroma 6 years
I think there are mean girls everywhere, it just depends on the school.More or less everyone got on and like each other at my high school no probs between us- girls and boys wise :)
spicyaroma spicyaroma 6 years
I think there are mean girls everywhere, it just depends on the school. More or less everyone got on and like each other at my high school no probs between us- girls and boys wise :)
Hiding55 Hiding55 6 years
There was cliques in my high school and people got picked on. Some people picked on my group and we picked on kids in another group. I was far from being pretty or popular. Some of the popular kids liked me some didn't. For the most part I kept a low profile. There was no hazing as far as I know. My school was so small. We all knew each other since nursery school and were mostly all from the same social class and of the same race.
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