I never really experience bullying growing up, though I knew mean girls. As an adult, I have not been targeted by “mean women” although I have had interaction with plenty of them. The truth for me is, I surround myself with positive and healthy friends and I am very blessed and thankful. I am completely aware, however this is not always the case. All you have to do is be on Facebook and you can recognize them right away.
Awhile back I met a woman who had contacted me after finding out about our project. She had asked me if we had anything for women who are being bullied. She went on to share with me a horrific story of losing her job, a result of one “mean woman” who just didn’t like her. She felt wrongly fired and was spending a lot of money trying to fight it in court. I took a poll last year asking women if they had ever been bullied by “mean women” with socially at work and the results were shocking.
This month as we share awareness on girl bullying, I wanted to make sure we included something about women bullies or “women behaving badly.”
I would like to introduce to you author Alana Munro. She recently wrote the book, Women Behaving Badly and she tackles this issue of adult female bullying.
‘Mean girls’ are all around us. We can’t always dodge their sneers, taunts or contemptuous hissing and often we can’t halt their quest to crush anyone who stands in their way. However, we can acknowledge that this aggressive (and often hidden) behavior does exist between females.
Opening our eyes to the toxic behavior that can go on between girls is a positive leap forward. Awareness of the pain caused by ‘mean girl’ behavior can help us navigate and protect ourselves and our friends from their negativity. We don’t need to suffer in silence anymore. We don’t need to accept their cruelty. We can band together and say no to their heartless mind-set.
I decided to push forward and share my experiences of female bullying, toxic behaviors, and ‘mean girls’. I wrote a book and titled it ‘Women Behaving Badly – Exposing the Truth about Female Friendship’. The response has been astonishing. Many young women, older women and girls have come forward and thanked me for my honesty. They feel liberated. They are no longer alone in their painful and often invisible struggles between the females in their life.
In my book, I have shared many deeply personal stories from my own life about how girls and women can sometimes behave, how we can protect ourselves and how we can secure healthier friendships in the future. I am an ordinary woman who has experienced a ridiculous amount of bullying and manipulation from females. I wish to raise awareness about the hideous behaviors and wish to shield girls from the horrors I have endured.
We girls have fought long and hard to be equal. We have demanded respect from men. And now I believe we should demand respect from each other. We must respect each other and support each other. Trying to bring down another female and cut her down to size doesn’t help anyone.
We must be inherently willful and determined to live a happy life. Don’t let the ‘mean girls’ persistent cruelty defeat you. We must continue to raise awareness about female aggression and refuse to accept it. A responsive and mindful approach will go a long way. Ignorance only serves the ‘mean girls’ and gives them freedom to run wild with their perceived power.
Author, Alana Munro’s book seeks to raise awareness about the toxic behaviors that can go on between females.
Genre: Non-fiction/True life stories
Synopsis: What’s the book about?
Have you ever been hurt by a woman? Are you fed up with the constant gossiping and manipulation between the females in your life? Do you want happier and healthier relationships with females? Do you wish to weed out the toxic women and seek out only positive women?
If you have ever wondered why some women are complicated creatures this book will offer you straight talking answers. This book will highlight all the strange, controlling and spiteful behaviors that some females specialize in. This book attempts to understand what actually drives women to be cruel to each other. It attempts to make sense of the huge expectations women place on each other. How can you avoid toxic women? What bad behaviors should you be looking out for? This book explores every cruel behavior possible and attempts to understand what is really going on between the females in your life.
“The easiest thing to do is for me to feel upset and retreat to my bed, never trying to make another friend. Or I can dust myself off and learn from my stupid mistakes. I can even try to make sense of the ridiculous injustices thrown in my direction. My goal for this book? Simply to allow other women a chance to become more aware of the cruel games played by some females, allow women the opportunity to pin point hurtful (and often invisible) behaviors and find healthy friendships again”. Alana Munro.
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Alana Munro lives in Australia with her husband, 3 kids and their puppy. Born in Scotland, she acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree from an Edinburgh University before jumping head first into motherhood. Alana spends much of her days trying to ignore the ever expanding pile of dirty washing, trying to write, counting down the hours till it is ‘wine o’clock’ (5pm is a respectable hour for a shiraz?) and sipping on camomile tea that’s went cold – again.
Initially Alana started writing articles and blogging. Through her early work she reconnected with her love of words. After two L-O-N-G years, two house moves and new baby added to the mix – Alana’s debut book, Women Behaving Badly was finally published in 2013.
***Update – Alana’s debut work is now a best-selling Kindle book.
Women Behaving Badly – Exposing the Truth about Female Friendship made it to #1 on Amazon Kindle USA during August 2013. She topped the paid books about ‘Emotions and Feelings’ chart on two separate occasions in August. She was even #5 for paid books about ‘Relationships’. This is a massive achievement if you consider the vastness of the American Kindle book market.
Connect with Alana!
Google Plus profile https://plus.google.com/u/1/105407998759178082494/posts
Blog/Official author website
The eBook will be available at all major online book stores from summer 2013, with plans to expand into indie book stores and libraries with paper copies of the book.
One of the easiest places you can purchase Women Behaving Badly is on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Women-Behaving-Badly-ebook/dp/B00BM5LEUW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367127666&sr=8-1&keywords=alana+munro
*** For a limited time the KINDLE book is only 99 cents!