Deborah Tannen’s new book uses language to explore the idea that platonic relationships can be as fulfilling—and as fraught—as their romantic counterparts.
Deborah Tannen is a university professor and professor of linguistics at Georgetown, where she has been on the faculty since 1979. Outside academia, she is b...
Women in the Middle Ages were excluded from many realms: the law, universities, and surprisingly, from friendship. Clearly, that's changed — and Kayleen Schaefer's new book examines how and why.
From Oprah and Gayle to you and your BFF, we’ll explore the joys and complications of female friendships.
The Simpsons uses Lisa Simpson as a mouthpiece to defend racism. Jimmy Kimmel and Chelsea Handler come under fire for using homophobic jokes to attack conservatives. Cardi B makes America great. Kay C
I have always felt ambivalent about how the Test got attached to my name and went viral. (This ancient comic strip I did in 1985 received a second life on the internet when film students started talking about it in the 2000’s.) But in recent years I’ve been trying to embrace the phenomenon. After all, the Test is about something I have dedicated my career to: the representation of women who are subjects and not objects. And I’m glad mainstream culture is starting to catch up to where lesbian-feminism was 30 years ago. But I just can’t seem to rise to the occasion of talking about this fundamental principle over and over again, as if it’s somehow new, or open to debate
Women talking to each other is not enough.
Writing as part of Female Friendship Week, Emily Reynolds asks, are #FriendshipGoals making us insecure?
The future is female. Surely, by now, we've all heard the expression? Welcome to the third wave of feminism, where women are striving to be inclusive, body positive, civic-minded, and united in the
The movie came out two decades ago, but its message has been lost.
A long overdue one
This article explores the ways in which friendships between women may promote gender transformation. The study is based on 25 in-depth interviews with young women in Geneva disposed to gender transformation but not necessarily considering themselves to be ‘feminist’. The findings, based on a dispositional and contextual analysis, show that female friendships provide women with a place where they find respite from men, become aware of gender relations, take action to further their emancipation and receive support for changes made. Furthermore, this research shows the way in which women are shaped by their friendships (being supported or influenced by them), but also how they shape them actively to model their emerging critical dispositions (selecting them, making use of them or moving away from them). It therefore indicates how women are active in modelling their dispositions within the dynamics of gender relations and other social forces.
Editors Camille Roman, Suzanne Juhasz, and Christine Miller offer a collection of pivotal feminist texts which "gathers together for the first time influential essays from the fields of psychoanalysis, anthropology, linguistics, and literary criticism and theory that have sparked the debate about language and gender since the turn of century." The collection includes Julia Kristeva's "The semiotic and the symbolic," Luce Irigaray's "The Sex Which Is Not One," and Candace West's "Rethinking 'sex differences' in conversational topics : it's not what they say but how they say it."
This feminist classic written by Janice Raymond in 2001 explores the many manifestations of friendship between women and examines the ways women have created their own communities and destinies through friendship.
Hélène Cixous' 1976 essay offers a canonical perspective of women, language, and women's writing. From a feminist theoretical perspective, it underscores the importance of women beholding language as their own and urges women to "write her self!"
Here’s the truth: friendships between women are often the deepest and most profound love stories.
Legendary duo Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have been friends for decades. In a raw, tender and wide-ranging conversation hosted by Pat Mitchell, the three discuss longevity, feminism, the differences be
Photographer Karen Marshall began photographing a group of girls in 1985—and hasn’t stopped.
Actress Cate Blanchett has spoken about her past 'relationships' with women, but explained that none were sexual. Daisy Buchanan explains how the first flush of female friendship can be as powerfu
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