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#GirlGang:Irini | On True Friendship and Insecurities

#GirlGang member Irini, a young female Fencing athlete based in Dubai, shares her own Girl-On-Girl Hate story that started even in her early teens. "She enjoyed making me the laughing stock of the class because it made other people laugh, raising her self-esteem and crushing mine down."

 

My definition of Girl on Girl hate is when a girl lowers another girl's self-esteem by picking on their insecurities or even on simple things like their body, the way they look, the way they dress, speak, anything.

I've actually gone through girl on girl hate situations at high school from Year 7-Year 10, being bullied physically and verbally online and/or in person. It started off with my own best friend, picking out my insecurities and I've always tried to ignore the negativity but I always failed and ended up getting hurt. Every single time. Being only 13 years old and having your own best friend treat you like rubbish is something no one should go through, regardless whether you know each other or not.

This particular girl was someone who pretty much everyone loved. Her personality was so bubbly and she made everyone laugh. But it wasn't fun when she started to make everyone laugh at me. She'd pick on the way I looked. More specifically, my facial features (eyebrows & teeth), my arm/leg hair, my body....all the things I was insecure about. And she knew that. She loved it. She enjoyed making me the laughing stock of the class because it made other people laugh, raising her self-esteem and crushing mine down. 

I was bullied by my own best friend for 3 years. And no one did anything. We need to have each other's back. Spread the word that millions of girls out there are going through the same thing I was, maybe even worse. Girl on Girl hate exists and we need to support our girls. 

Spread love, not hate.

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Irini


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