Written by Havurah
I have always maintained that no one can save anyone from themselves if they do not want to be saved. Mary Kay Ash, the person, was not a so-called Christian in the way it is bandied about here and the company she founded was not a Christian company.
It was a cosmetics and skincare manufacturing business built on a specific marketing plan and her ultimate success was when MARY KAY CORP. went public and hit the bigtime about 30 years ago… give or take. Continue reading “Mary Kay: Not a Christian Company and No Direct Line to Jesus”
Written by The Scribbler
Back about 90 years ago, I worked in our church’s nursery. On this particular day, my three-year old daughter and her playmates were playing the classic toddler game, You Scream and Run Like Hell and I’ll Try to Catch You While I’m Laughing My Can Off. I was changing an infant’s diaper when my daughter raced past me, made the off-comment of, “It’s hot in here,” and continued onward. I finished cleaning/dressing my young client, turned, and gasped as I witnessed my little girl running and laughing with her friends. Stark naked. Hey, Mom, I told you it was hot in here, remember? Find a way, make a way!
Aside from the fact that I can now tease my daughter about having lived out the American Dream by running through a church au naturale, her situation made for one nifty object lesson: the Mary Kay guidance of “Find a way, make a way” does not mean that the right thing will always be done. I want to highlight one NSD who is teaching Mary Kay consultants how to lie; an act I would definitely file in the “Doing Whatever It Takes” drawer.
Continue reading “8 Out of 10 Mary Kay NSDs Are Okay With Lying to Customers”
How cults exercise control over the way their members think… and how Mary Kay might be similar.
Cult expert Steven Hassan, author of Combating Cult Mind Control, provides lots of information about cults. He is a former cult member as well as a certified counselor.
Cults exercise four distinct types of control over their members:
- Behavior control
- Thought control
- Emotional control
- Information control
Behavior control can include controlling basic activities of people, including what they eat, where they sleep, where they work, rituals they engage in, etc. Cults have strict schedules for their members, and there is always an activity going on. Every cult has its own custom behaviors and rituals. Behavior control can even become powerful enought that members participate in their own punishment and believe that they deserve it. Continue reading “Mary Kay and Cult Thinking (Part 3)”
This part of the series compares Mary Kay to cults with a Cult Checklist from the International Cultic Studies Association.
Does Mary Kay fit the bill?
“The following list of social-structural, social-psychological, and interpersonal behavioral patterns commonly found in cultic environments may be helpful in assessing a particular group or relationship.” Continue reading “Comparing Mary Kay to a Cult (Part 2)”
Mary Kay has often been described as a cult, or as having cult-like characteristics. This is the first of a 3 part series exploring the cult issue.
Is Mary Kay a cult? No. Does it have many things in common with cults? Yes!
The fact that Mary Kay Inc. is cultish has NOTHING to do with the fact that the company was founded by a Christian woman or that many women in Mary Kay make frequent references to their faith. That has nothing to do with this cult series.
What the cult series is about is this: The collective behaviors exhibited by the majority of Mary Kay consultants, especially the directors and nsds, who are in a position of power and have the ability to “push” things on those at lower levels. Continue reading “Mary Kay and Cults (Part 1)”
Written by PinkBeefs
If Mary Kay Cosmetics says “faith” is supposed to come first, why are so many other things put first?
I cried, “Grace,” to the mountain.
I cried, “Grace,” to what stood in front of me.
I cried, “Grace,” to the mountain.
So, Lord, how come this mountain is still in front of me? Chances are good that you have heard a “Sunday Morning Message” by either Linda Toupin or Pam Shaw telling you how to apply the Word of God to be successful in your Mary Kay business. When I was deep in the pink thick of things, I could not wait—and that is an understatement if I have ever typed one—to get to the phone each Sunday morning to hear what God had to say through these ladies to me about my Mary Kay business. Continue reading “Show Me the Balance in Mary Kay”
More “God wants you to sell Mary Kay” junk from a Mary Kay nsd. Talk about pink fog…
Bold or Broke??? This choice.you control.Think about this today.
Good Morning and Praise God for the ability to wake up and enjoy a brand new month open and overflowing with opportunities!!! When we start our business with MK, usually we are called to extend that old comfort zone…. this can make us unsteady in thought process and may convince us to doubt ourselves and our ability to go forward. That is normal, it’s called GROWTH. One of the best things that you can do for your life is to remain in a state of semi-fear. Sounds quite attractive, doesn’t it! If you are not fearing or at least uncomfortable, more than likely you are not in a state of growth. Growth is good ~ therefore~ Fear is good. And, on the other side of that feeling is abundance…… however you define abundance in your life. Choices, how many of you would like more choices for your life? Continue reading “Religious Propaganda From a Mary Kay NSD”
Written by A Mary Kay Husband
As much as I love my wife, I truly resented the magnitude of the pressure she was under to perform the Mary Kay marketing plan. To do her sales job with this cosmetics company, certain aspects of our “normal” life were set aside.
That began over 20 years ago, and to an outsider she would have appeared rather successful. She had all the trappings of a winner evidenced by the string of cars and bling that she had accepted.
However, all that appeared to the eye was not necessarily the truth. As I have become an aficionado of Pink Truth and read your extremely intelligent reports of your own experiences, I can sense what has occurred in your lives also. One can almost count your tears, and the tears of your family as you plunged headfirst into the abyss of financial ruin because of high pressure “buying demand” from your upline. Continue reading “Seeing Through a Glass, Darkly”
Written by The Scribbler
I’m convinced that one of the most cherished verses in the world of MLMs – Mary Kay included – is Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Want to test that theory? All you need is someone who bats for the MLM team and a statement that challenges the MLM. It shouldn’t take long for someone to fire the “Judge not!” bazooka, especially if you quip “Hey, I read a director’s claim that Mary Kay gives you “a spiritual growth that surpasses Sunday School.” She’s referring to Sunday School in the Church of Satan, right?” And you thought only Mariah Carey could shriek like that. Continue reading “Thou Shalt Not Say “Judge Not!” Until Thou Readest This!”
Written by Anonymous
Mary Kay consultants are vulnerable. They are told to follow the direction of their sales directors and sales directors. Those in leadership have an opportunity to manipulate these women, especially when it comes to religion and spirituality.
We’ve all seen them: brand new, giddy, starry-eyed Mary Kay consultants. They are full of hope, expectation, awe, and a little bit of fear at their first unit meeting or first big Mary Kay Cosmetics event. They are like sponges, ready and willing to absorb everything they hear.
And of course, they are told from day one to do everything their director tells them to do. Continue reading “Spiritual Mentorship By Mary Kay Sales Directors & NSDs”