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Nature of Friendship Among Women Explored
Wisconsin State Journal ^ | July 9, 2005 | Jay Rath

Posted on 07/10/2005 6:46:42 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin

Women experience friendship differently and more deeply than men - and when it ends, they experience the loss more deeply, too.

That's the stance taken by writers of recent books about failed friendships that have sparked debate online and in the real world - among friends, of course.

"Men seem to have a hard time understanding women, and it really is nice to have someone understand you," says Jenny Bryers, a UW- Madison graduate student. "I don't think losing a friendship is necessarily worse for women than for men, but we probably let it bother us more. Women generally let things bother them more than men, especially if it's something we have no control over, something we can't change."

Susan Johnson, associate casualty claims representative at Madison-based American Family Insurance, added: "I think men bond differently, and forgive easier when it comes to male friends, and move on to bond with others. I don't think men hold grudges as long as women, because they don't get as emotionally involved with their friends."

These local women would find similar social commentary served up in recent books such as "The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women's True Life Tales of Friendships that Blew Up, Burned Out or Faded Away," edited by Jenny Ofill and Elissa Schappell. The Doubleday book came out in May.

The new take on female friendships runs counter to the stereotype of the "catty and competitive" woman, said professor Susan Friedman of UW- Madison's Department of Women's Studies and English.

We typically believe "that women are rivals for the attention, love, and approval of men and that they therefore can't really be friends (with other women)," she says. "But there is also a lot written that goes against such stereotypes: recognition that women need their friendships with other women in order to get through life's troubles and trials, often suffering related to their relations with men, their troubles with caring for children or parents, their difficulties on the job or combining family and job responsibilities."

In fact, in May, Shelley Taylor, author of "The Tending Instinct" and a neuroscientist at UCLA, announced that hard science suggests that "there's an important biological role for women's friendships that scientists have largely ignored."

Fundamental differences Biological or not, some at least perceive a real difference between the genders' friendship styles.

Johnson recalled a long-ago friend who after high school started to date the same man as she did. "It immediately severed our relationship," Johnson said. She had tried over the years to contact me. But I just didn't know what to say to her, so I never responded. I do know the betrayal I felt was deeper and hurt more than any man could have caused."

After 12 years, they patched things up. Laura Malischke, owner of Acclaimed Resume Services, has not. She recalls a long-ago friend from the dorms at UW-Eau Claire.

"She introduced me to new music, new books, and new ways of seeing the world," Malischke says. "While I had originally found her to be the strong, stand up for your beliefs-type, I began to observe that she was a very needy and very dependent girl."

It came to a head, she says, during a camping trip, during which her friend stayed up late complaining, getting drunk and throwing up.

"She dragged me down emotionally and physically with her neediness and constant seeking of approval," Malischke recalled. "I did a very selfish thing and removed her from my circle. I'm taking the good things from our relationship, while still remembering why exactly I decided to end it."

But others will have to be convinced that "The Friend Who Got Away" reports anything unique or even valid. "I think the whole thesis of this book is wrong, at least for me," said Katjusa Cisar, a student at Edgewood College. "And I think the emotional scars from broken relationships are difficult to bear for both sexes, not just women."

Sudden interest? Why all the recent interest in women's relationships with other women? It may be new to publishers, but not to women, said UW-Madison's Friedman, who has worked with the issue of women's friendships in relationship to literature.

"In the 1970s, there was an interesting transition from women's 'coffee klatches' to women's 'consciousness raising groups,' as women began to see that their personal problems were part of a larger societal pattern," Friedman said. "Women's friendships are at the heart of this phenomenon - existing before consciousness raising groups, and of course afterwards."

Or it could be marketing. Sheelah Kolhatkar, writing in the February New York Observer, says that "The Friend Who Got Away" and other anthologies "could all be a sign that the confessional personal essay has reached the peak of its power, culminating in a breathless surge of self-help chick-lit - a combination of memoir, therapy and girl talk. The anthology frenzy also suggests that the publishing industry is furiously trying to replicate one huge success by producing countless imitators."

Back in 1996, Kate Fillion, in her book, "The Myth of Female Virtue in Love, Sex, and Friendship," charged that studies of women's relationships were fundamentally biased.

"The problem isn't that men lack the gene for 'rapport- talk,'" she wrote. "Researchers' heartwarming description of female friendship omits a significant detail: many of these friendships are rooted in a fundamentally adversarial attitude toward men. Women's sharing and caring frequently involves swapping stories about what jerks men are and diminishing men to shore each other up."

Two recent books:

• "The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women's True Life Tales of Friendships that Blew Up, Burned Out or Faded Away," edited by Jenny Ofill and Elissa Schappell. The American Library Association Booklist says, "By breaking the silence about failed friendship so literately, this book appeals to many more readers than just students of interpersonal psychology."

• "Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women's Friendships" Edited by Karen Eng (October 2004, Seal Press). Amazon.com says the book concludes "problematic women's relationships with one another can be intense, intimate affairs, more steadfast than any romantic relationship and ultimately, more fulfilling."


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A nice, simple subject to discuss on a Sunday Afternoon. Shouldn't get anyone too riled up. ;)
1 posted on 07/10/2005 6:46:42 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
I had to pull away from a friend a few years ago due to I was headed one way and she was not....it was nothing personal but we just didn't have anything in common to talk about. I have found that friends in my teens and early 20's are still my best....we have all grown up and stay in contact.

"that women are rivals for the attention, love, and approval of men and that they therefore can't really be friends (with other women),"
I don't agree with this...maybe young girls do this but if grown women have to compete with a friend then maybe they should find a new set!!
2 posted on 07/10/2005 7:08:01 AM PDT by PaulaB (Light Travels Faster Than Sound, Which Is Why Some People Appear Bright Until You Hear Them Speak)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

funny!

many women i've known hate each other's guts, contrary to feminist dogma.


3 posted on 07/10/2005 7:11:48 AM PDT by ken21 (it takes a village to brainwash your child + to steal your property! /s)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

"friendships are rooted in a fundamentally adversarial attitude toward men."

This isn't friendship, it's a therapy session.


4 posted on 07/10/2005 7:40:07 AM PDT by jwh_Denver (Socialism, Communism, Fascism, Liberalism; self anger turned outward.)
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To: PaulaB

My pack of four "best" girlfriends have all been together for 25+ years now; friendships formed in our early 20's.

As far as getting together to trash talk men, with five divorces between us, I will admit that, YES that has happened in the past, LOL! We're all finally settled down with really great guys now, so that's no longer an issue.

Now we're facing more important things such as aging gracefully, empty nests and new grandkids, various bouts of cancer, menopause, vericose veins, plastic surgery decisions, and politics; ALWAYS with the politics, LOL!

You know, IMPORTANT things instead of the stupidity we considered Oh So Important in our youth. :)


5 posted on 07/10/2005 8:39:43 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
many of these friendships are rooted in a fundamentally adversarial attitude toward men

..and toward other women.

This may well explain why I have had better friendships with men than I EVER had with women. EVER. I was talking to another woman today, and she was saying the same thing, she has only ever had one female friend, the rest have been men. From childhood I have NEVER understood all of the drama involved with females. I don't understand the game-playing. The superficiality. You can't be different or disagree without things getting personal.

Men are simpler. Not necessarily simplistic, just simpler. I can have a rousing debate with a male friend and later, yes, talk about hopes, dreams, goals, even emotions.

My problem as a 23 year old woman is that most of my friendships with men inevitably turn romantic some way or another. And if we're not going to start a romantic relationship and get married, then our friendship suffers. Most men who approach me probably do so because they're interested in a romantic relationship, and then it ends up becoming a friendship when they realize how cool I am, but that is never satisfactory for very long.

I've got to find a way to develop friendships with women in my real, offline life. But I just don't get them.

6 posted on 07/10/2005 7:53:38 PM PDT by DameAutour
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To: DameAutour

I have known several women that I only wanted to be friends with.

I have discovered that there is no greater insult to a woman than that.

It's hopeless.

:)



7 posted on 07/10/2005 8:59:51 PM PDT by Tobor
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To: DameAutour
I also have had mostly male friends my entire life. At 41, my best friends are still men...on-line and off. My husband still has a hard time with that, but I can't relate to most women. I don't like all those prissy, "let's talk about knitting or my latest flower arrangement". I want to get out and play sports, watch sports, work on a car, and just get dirty. I love to play...I'm just an adult size kid, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Even my teenage daughters tell their friends how cool I am...or their friends just tell me. I did have one friend from high school that I stayed friends with into adulthood, but about 5 years ago, she told me that she wanted to "sleep" with me. I haven't talked to her since....and that sure didn't help my trust issues with women.
9 posted on 07/11/2005 1:08:53 AM PDT by codyjacksmom (Yes, my kids are people too.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I still found it funny how women all go to the bathroom together. What goes on there that you need to do that?


10 posted on 07/11/2005 1:12:07 AM PDT by Clemenza (Where is the Genius of Love?)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Most women don't make for friends with others, and most women really harm other females...

I have to admit, some of the most viscious and irrational harms caused to me in my life has been done intentionally by other women.

I think it has most to do with females competing for resources. Whether they are aware of it or not. I do know, however, that females are aware of their hate and hateful actions where other females are concerned....they just can never explain it beyond some start flash point issue.

Loss of a genuinely, non harmful friendship with another woman is why it's so profoundly painful. Because it's so rare.


11 posted on 07/11/2005 3:53:41 AM PDT by BIRDS
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I've rarely had a good female friend.


12 posted on 07/11/2005 3:59:15 AM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I also think it's the leading compulsion for eating disorders and other psychological problems of self...mutilations and/or overt cosmetic improvements, obsessions of the physical, by women.

It's as if many females are literally driven insane by the needs to compete and it's never stated or clearly defined and often discouraged from even being discussed without a lot of strife affiliated, thus, women internalize the threats and harassment that is inherent in female competition.

Men get together and at least bond and relax and enjoy mutually supportive group efforts...women rarely do that. Even sewing circles, things of that nature, are traditionally rife with women all competing with one another, as to who has the "best" gossip, etc...

Which is why women gossip, also. It's a form of destroying other females (competitors) and trying to get some other competitors into a sorta' truce...let's all gossip about someone we can all agree to destroy (which is what gossip is all about, destroying someone else)...in my experience, anyone who behaves like that is proving that they're capable of also destroying anyone else, thus aren't trustworthy (and thus, I don't participate, and disassociate).

Men gossip, too, I realize, but the behavior is the basis relied upon by many women about which to have anything "in common" with other females they wouldn't be spending time with, otherwise.

Might have something to do with the fact that females as children are not raised to participate as much in group activities as are males...and when they do, they are demeaned by other females and then the psychological problems manifest at teen years: rebelliousness and/or self harms, etc.


13 posted on 07/11/2005 4:00:36 AM PDT by BIRDS
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To: jwh_Denver

No, actually, I think that if there's anything fundamental, it's resentment/adversarial attitudes to and about other females.

I THINK -- just generalized best-guessing -- that it has to do with resentment about males who are perceived as not having helped/aided some women (in their troubles with/among other females), not having been shown any favoritism by males (fathers when growing up?), and a sense of feeling betrayed by women (their mothers?), and thus, they gravitate toward other females who suffer the same resentments.

But, it's not friendship, it's just a need for companionship to a certain degree.

I also think -- please don't anyone scream and yell about this, it's just a consideration I'm considering -- that this is the nature/source of that strange obsession by some females about cats: they can't deal with the antagonisms outright, that whole scenario I described, first paragraph, and thus internalize/isolate and supplant the problems that result from that level of psyhcological rage/isolation with cats. Captive animals contained in their homes who are highly sensual (responsive to emotional needs) and yet, who left on their own initiative, would be the wild animals outofdoors that cats are.

I always find it interesting when vets advise (sternly) that cat owners keep their cats indoors. Ask them why, and they roll their eyes: because if you let them out, they'll get into fights and catch diseases and reproduce and...

Meaning, the indoor-captive-cat thing by some females (and some males but it's mostly a common problem of females) is a sortof control mechanism by which they can not deal with the reality of our human world, and that is the female dynamic that harms females.

The "womens' movement" isn't so much about helping women as it is about the same process: avoiding personal reconciliation to the real problem among humanity, where female competition is concerned. Unfortunately, males become the target...but, in fact, males ARE the target, when you think about it.


14 posted on 07/11/2005 4:11:58 AM PDT by BIRDS
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To: Clemenza

"What goes on there that you need to do that?"

We assess one another's dates. Then we formulate ways to quickly lose the losers and then go out and have fun together, LOL!

Haven't you ever watched "Sex and the City?" ;)


15 posted on 07/11/2005 6:25:31 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; pissant; Allegra; Dashing Dasher; MikeinIraq
"Men seem to have a hard time understanding women, and it really is nice to have someone understand you," says Jenny Bryers, a UW- Madison graduate student.

Hmm, let's see. Understand women, or build bridge to Hawaii? Guess I better decide how many lanes that will be.

16 posted on 07/11/2005 6:31:09 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: cyborg
I've rarely had a good female friend.

I've had what I thought were good female friends, but more often than not, the relationships ended badly. As an adult, I've decided that if I need to confide in a female, I'll talk to one of my sisters.

17 posted on 07/11/2005 6:33:15 AM PDT by SilentServiceCPOWife
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To: BIRDS

Wow. You've put a lot of though into your observations!

However, many of us leave those behaviors behind in Junior High. Or maybe it's just that I'm older than you and things were different in my youth when I was forming friendships? I must've picked some great friends, because besides the normal "pecking order" squabbling of young girls, female friendships were never as you've described for me.

Looking back, I think I always was the Leader of the Pack, though. Could they have been talking about ME and ripping me to shreds behind my back but never confronted me on it?

Nah. They were all strong, successful, good-student, life-grabbers as I was. We had no need to tear one another down to build our individual selves up. Water seeking it's own level and all that.

If what you say is true, then no wonder there are so many messed up young women wandering around out there these days.

I raised three boys. From what I understand from my other friends with daughters, I was infinately lucky. ;)


18 posted on 07/11/2005 6:35:30 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: BIRDS
"Most women don't make for friends with others, and most women really harm other females...

I have to admit, some of the most viscious and irrational harms caused to me in my life has been done intentionally by other women."

OK. I was going to respond to the article, but you did it for me.

All my friends are men and I have known them for years. I have NEVER had a girl friend who was honest. I can tolerate any flaws in anyone (drink, gamble, swear, be anything you want), but honesty is the one trait which is absolutely necessary.
19 posted on 07/11/2005 7:02:09 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: Larry Lucido; pissant; MikeinIraq; Dashing Dasher
Hmm, let's see. Understand women, or build bridge to Hawaii? Guess I better decide how many lanes that will be.

ROFL! Yep.

Actually, I have always had more male platonic friends than female friends. Boyfriends have just had to deal with it. ;-)

I hate shopping, I think gossip is boring, I don't feel the need to be all catty and backstabby and I never watched stuff on the Lifetime channel. I'm an NFL and MLB fan.

But I'm very much a "girly-girl" and get along well with women who have plenty of self-confidence.

And guys. For friends.

Which can kind of suck because sometimes the guy friendships threaten to turn into more and then you're left with the ...."do we want to risk screwing up a good friendship?" dilemma.

Now see how simple that is? We're not hard to understand at all! LOL

20 posted on 07/11/2005 7:17:58 AM PDT by Allegra (On the Rocks With Salt, Please...)
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To: Allegra
...."do we want to risk screwing up a good friendship?" dilemma.

That's always a chance I've been willing to take. :-)

21 posted on 07/11/2005 7:36:04 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Clemenza

Oh, that's when we give the secret handshake and discuss world domination.

Plus, we all exchange ideas on what drives you guys crazy the quickest ;)


22 posted on 07/11/2005 7:39:20 AM PDT by najida (The hardest person to forgive is yourself.)
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To: Larry Lucido
That's always a chance I've been willing to take. :-)

LOL!!!

me too

23 posted on 07/11/2005 9:23:53 AM PDT by Dashing Dasher (A tagline of silences in memory of two great aviators.)
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To: cyborg; Xenalyte; raivyn; MamaTexan; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; njwoman; arasina; ...

Pinging the Gang...

Have your say....


24 posted on 07/11/2005 9:24:49 AM PDT by Dashing Dasher (A tagline of silences in memory of two great aviators.)
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To: Allegra

You and I are alot alike.

My closest friends today are mostly guys. In fact, many are married guys - and their wives are a-okay with it. Not sure I should take that as a compliment!?

I don't go shopping - I buy stuff.
I don't gossip - but I know where all the "bodies are buried".
I don't act "catty" - if I like you - you'll know and vice versa.

I am very independent and that scares the boys in my neighborhood. I find there are a lot of men in my past who have wanted to "tame me". While they liked me for all of my qualities before we dated - they tried to turn me into June Cleaver. That's never going to work.


25 posted on 07/11/2005 9:31:59 AM PDT by Dashing Dasher (A tagline of silence in memory of two great aviators.)
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To: Dashing Dasher; SilentServiceCPOWife
I agree with SilentServiceCPOWife ....women have to be very careful with what is said to another female friend. I also confide all me deep dark secrets to my sister.

When my husband was in the Army ..I really built a couple of strong female friendships..when you are in the military it's a double edged sword I think for one you need friends for when the hubby deploys or you feel like your on a deserted Island all alone but then some military wives are really screwed up and can hurt your marriage. Once we got into the civilian world we no longer had to rely so much on other people...I miss it but I don't miss the drama.....
26 posted on 07/11/2005 9:32:16 AM PDT by PaulaB
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To: PaulaB; Dashing Dasher

As a military wife myself, I understand exactly what you're saying.

There seems to be a common theme in threads like this. It appears that a lot of conservative women feel more comfortable with men than they do other women. I haven't figured out why that is, but I find it interesting.


27 posted on 07/11/2005 9:43:21 AM PDT by SilentServiceCPOWife
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To: Dashing Dasher

I get along well with men, too, but I also have many long-term, close and loyal women friends.

The trick is choosing women who are balanced personalities and not the type of women who I call 'hormonal.'

;-)

It's this 'hormonal' type who live their lives on an emotional roller-coaster, who tend to be jealous of other women and who play all of those infuriating mental games.

I've never gotten along with 'hormonal' women except at a distance, and, thankfully, they tend to avoid me, too.

:-)


28 posted on 07/11/2005 9:44:03 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Three guys walked into a bar. The fourth one ducked.)
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To: PaulaB
I find that conjuring up drama comes from not enough to do.
Idle hands = devil's workshop theory.

People who are busy and dedicated don't gossip - they don't have the time or inclination. People who are under appreciated and under used use gossip as a means to increase their importance.

IMHO

29 posted on 07/11/2005 9:44:42 AM PDT by Dashing Dasher (A tagline of silence in memory of two great aviators.)
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To: SilentServiceCPOWife
So true...

My father always taught me to pull my boot straps up and answer for myself. My mother tends to be a drama queen left over long blond hair hippy chick from the 60's....she has become more conservative but still loves to complain...

I ran from that kind of personalty and vowed I would NEVER be that way!!!! Thus the influence from my father prevailed. :)

30 posted on 07/11/2005 9:47:55 AM PDT by PaulaB
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To: Dashing Dasher

I have found that the older one gets, the smaller the circle of friends gets. Perhaps because with life responsibilities, we tend to value our time more, and only spend it with those whom we truly value and share common things. I don't want to waste time on the superficial.

Friendship is a two-way street. You have to give and recieve. If you don't recieve anything in return, it's time to cut your losses and move on.

I have always found the company of men comfortable also. I do think they are less judgemental, and if you can get past them wanting to sleep with you, are quite capable friends. ;)


31 posted on 07/11/2005 9:54:52 AM PDT by conservativebabe (Down with Islam)
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To: PaulaB

Besides the hippy chick thing, it sounds like your mother and my mother have a lot in common. My mother is also a drama queen and she is very needy and demanding. Like you, I swore I would never be that way and so far I've been successful.

I've also told my husband to shoot me and put me out of his misery if I ever start sounding like her. :-)

(Don't get me wrong. I love my Mom, but she's very difficult to deal with sometimes.)


32 posted on 07/11/2005 9:55:12 AM PDT by SilentServiceCPOWife
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To: SilentServiceCPOWife
LOLOL I have said those very words to mine. :) My mother always says You and your sister are such strong independent women..I'm glad I taught you girls that I'm thinking mom are you serious? Out of love and respect I say nothing.
33 posted on 07/11/2005 10:00:24 AM PDT by PaulaB
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To: PaulaB

Is your Mom manipulative? Mine is and that's why I dislike it when I see that trait in other women.

I also have to say that I've met some great women on FR. It's nice to finally meet some women who don't play games and speak their minds.


34 posted on 07/11/2005 10:04:28 AM PDT by SilentServiceCPOWife
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To: SilentServiceCPOWife
Yes very...she has been working on it over the years (thankfully.)

I don't get that mind set and am also thankful for finding women to talk to on FR....I'm not perfect and may not always state something clearly but I will answer for myself and like an adult woman apologize when I am in the wrong.

What you see is what you get and some can't and don't get it or want it :)
35 posted on 07/11/2005 10:08:16 AM PDT by PaulaB
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To: PaulaB; Dashing Dasher

My mother was the opposite. She was manager of an auto parts store and she hunted and fished for hobbies. She was very strong-willed and beautiful, and as a result had very few women friends.

I wanted to grow-up to be just like her. One thing we have in common is few women friends. I have 4 close friends, all from different periods of my life. I lose track of them, then reconnect. These are very special people...I have been very blessed. Sometimes, less is more.


36 posted on 07/11/2005 10:08:26 AM PDT by colorcountry (Where I come from, deeds mean a lot more than words. .....Zell Miller)
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To: colorcountry; Dashing Dasher
You are blessed....and thats the kind of mother I try to be for my boys..someday I want them to tell their wives

Our mom was amazing..yes she cooked and cleaned and kept us in line but she also taught us to be truthful and shoot a gun properly while killing spiders and snakes while folding clothes...
:O)

37 posted on 07/11/2005 10:12:12 AM PDT by PaulaB
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Lost an Old Friend Today. Politics and the Personal



http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1287896/posts


I know this up close and personal.


38 posted on 07/11/2005 10:55:24 AM PDT by mlmr (CHICKIE-POO!)
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To: SilentServiceCPOWife
It appears that a lot of conservative women feel more comfortable with men than they do other women. I haven't figured out why that is, but I find it interesting.

Conservative women tend to be "successful", both professionally and in their relationships. It's hard to develop meaningful friendships with other women who resent and envy you, especially liberal women who simply can't accept that their lack of professional and relationship success might be their own fault. ;)

39 posted on 07/11/2005 11:23:24 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Violence never settles anything." Genghis Khan, 1162-1227)
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To: Dashing Dasher

I have one close female friend. We have been friends for almost 39 years. We are closer than two of my sisters. I have learned to not trust the women you work with. I have worked with the same four women for 10 years and they ALL will turn on you in an instant. I will say a lot of "close" friends are men. Much better that way. Some women can be devious!!


40 posted on 07/11/2005 11:34:45 AM PDT by Auntbee (Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.)
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To: codyjacksmom

Hi babe, Interesting article!


41 posted on 07/11/2005 12:09:08 PM PDT by laceybrookesdad (A half truth is a whole lie!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I have two friends that I've been close to for over 10 years.... They are as close as my sister and I. but overall, I would rather work with men over women, only bewcause "we" can be catty!


42 posted on 07/11/2005 12:14:52 PM PDT by Die_Hard Conservative Lady (Close the borders.....)
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To: Dashing Dasher
I have a solid core group of female friends that have been around for years. I am almost 37 and my best friends were all made during high school and through my early 20's. Once I got into my 30's, I noticed it was much harder to make new friends. I have made many "acquaintances" in 7 years, but only 2 real friends (one of them was even another freeper).

Although I don't see the girls very often, we are all still close. A sure way to ensure you won't see much of me is to talk about your kids all the time or bitch about your men. I hate that kind of talk....which may be why I prefer to hang out with my guy friends....that & they like to drink.
43 posted on 07/11/2005 12:29:31 PM PDT by Feiny (I put the purrr in freeper, baby)
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To: feinswinesuksass

You know what's so funny - I feel closer to some of the women I've met on FR than I feel to others I've know for ten years.

The women I have met through FR have mirrored my philosophies and independent attitudes. They don't whine - they move on, plan, execute, live fully.

I have female "friends" that I've known for years that still talk about their ex-es from maybe ten years ago. They can't let go of the past, blame others for their circumstances and generally just mope. I have no time for it - myself.


44 posted on 07/11/2005 1:12:33 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (A tagline of silence in memory of two great aviators.)
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To: Dashing Dasher

But it is sometimes a bit weird trying to explain to "real" people about your "freeper" friends. Between shooting events, protests & parties, I have met many freepers in person so that makes them more "real".


45 posted on 07/11/2005 1:44:52 PM PDT by Feiny (I put the purrr in freeper, baby)
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To: laceybrookesdad

Yeah, I read through some of it, but it just doesn't seem to apply to me. Maybe it's because I don't let people get close. I handle things more like a man does according to this article. OH NO!!! AM I A MAN???? LOL


46 posted on 07/11/2005 2:38:56 PM PDT by codyjacksmom (Yes, my kids are people too.)
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To: Dashing Dasher

Just read your post to Allegra. The "tame me" got my attention. I was friends for two years with a man a few years older than I am. We were just friends as far as I was concerned, but he wanted more. He kept saying he wanted to "tame me." Nothing makes me run faster in the other direction than to hear those words. What are we, wild animals?


47 posted on 07/11/2005 3:43:16 PM PDT by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: Goodgirlinred

Actually, to them - yes.

But - our "spunk" is what they fell for at first - but then they want to "tame" it out of us.

BARF!!!

My last major relationship was the poster boy for this "taming" thing. Good riddance.


48 posted on 07/11/2005 3:45:50 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (A tagline of silence in memory of two great aviators.)
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To: patton


Read this....


49 posted on 07/11/2005 3:47:02 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (A tagline of silence in memory of two great aviators.)
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To: Larry Lucido
Hmm, let's see. Understand women, or build bridge to Hawaii? Guess I better decide how many lanes that will be.

Hurry it up, wouldja?!

50 posted on 07/11/2005 3:50:15 PM PDT by k2blader (Was it wrong to kill Terri Shiavo? YES - 83.8%. FR Opinion Poll.)
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