Without crowded places to congregate, such as concerts and bars, friendships will become much more intimate and private, one expert predicts.
As we grow older and wiser, even the most long-standing friendships can be swayed by disagreements and fights. I know this, because recently I was brushed aside by an old friend after an obvious misunderstanding.
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“He has a lot of really good female friends. But she is the only one (besides me) that he calls beautiful.”
"She said she wants to be the hottest one in her wedding party and I may overshadow her with my new boobs.”
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The existence of girl code has been called into question of late.
Mike and I had a six-year on-and-off history, and I recognized Kellie from the Facebook photos during one of our off periods. Clearly a bit tipsy, she leaned in: “I know Mike, too,” she said (his name and others have been changed throughout the story). Quickly I learned Kellie and I shared an impossible number of social Venn Diagram intersections.
Be still, our Friends-obsessed beating heart, because these rumours about Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox (Monica and Chandler) supposedly dating in real life are making us want to explode with joy. Putting everything aside for one second, reports are claiming Matthew proved he’ll be there for Monica by supporting her after she split from Snow Patrol fiancé Johnny McDaid. Matthew is reportedly currently single too after splitting from actress Lizzy Caplan in 2012.
2015 was the year of the celebrity Girl Squad. We’ve gawked as Taylor Swift and her gang of supermodels strut in combat lingerie in “Bad Blood,” admired Tavi Gevinson and her precocious and talented group of young feminists, envied Lena Dunham and her real life Girls, and Instagram-stalked Man Repeller Leandra Medine and her #GirlBoss clique. It appears that female friendships — and finding a sisterhood of your own — has never had a stronger or more media-hungry moment, but even before hashtags existed, female friendships were prominent in pop culture. This week, the cast of the 1995 film based on Ann M. Martin’s book series, The Baby-Sitters Club, reunited for a screening in Austin, Texas, to celebrate the film’s twentieth anniversary. Rachael Leigh Cook, Larisa Oleynik, Schuyler Fisk, and Marla Sokoloff were in attendance, inducing peak nostalgia for these ‘90s it-girls.If you’re looking for more #SquadGoals, check out these pre-hashtag films, television shows, books, and bands for inspiration, laughs, and cautionary lessons about friendships.Related:The Debutante Diaries: How a Feminist Learned to Curtsy in a Tiara8 Ways Gloria Steinem Improved Our LivesOn Mom Bods, Dad Bods, Granny Hair, and Silver Foxes: The Celebrated and the Unsung
I, for one, had internalized so many messages from parents, teachers, TV, and movies about the importance of friendship that I was prone to overthinking it. I had some good friends, but I was still struggling to form those few magical bonds that were supposed to last a lifetime.
When Cate Blanchett recently told a Variety journalist that she’d had relationships with women ‘many times’ she sent the media into a frenzy over her alleged ‘lesbian past’. When Lena Denham states “I think about my best friendship – which the Marnie- Hannah friendship in Girls is based on – as like a great romance of my young life” does she also reveal an insight that goes someway to explain her position as the current day feminist icon? Without realizing it we tend to judge other women by the closeness of other women in their life, subconsciously marking them as suspicious or predatory if they don’t exhibit solidarity traits (see Angelina Jolie) and celebrating them if they do (see Jennifer Aniston). When Katy Perry allegedly tried to sabotage Taylor Swift’s arena tour, Swift responded by recruiting a collection of her famous girlfriends in a vengeance-themed Sin City style video that in turn celebrated feminine fierceness and served to feed into old stereotypes that women are inherently catty.