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Secrets and Confidences : The Complicated Truth About Women's Friendships - Karen Eng

Secrets and Confidences

The Complicated Truth About Women's Friendships

By: Karen Eng

Paperback Published: 5th October 2004
ISBN: 9781580051125
Number Of Pages: 222

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Relationships between women are often cast in binary terms, either as backstabbing competition behind the scenes or soft-filter best-friend-forever moments. Yet the simple truth about friendship is that it's never simple: not for eight-year-olds acting out adulthood through rich Barbie fantasies, not for teens trying to bridge the chasm of racial and cultural divide, not for kid-free singles watching old friendships weaken with each new partner and child that happens to someone else. Yet, however problematic women's relationships with one another can be, they can also be intense, intimate affairs, more steadfast than any romantic relationship and ultimately, more fulfilling. Secrets and Confidences is the first anthology to bypass the saccharine platitudes that make up most books on women's friendships, and acknowledge the complex reality of relationships first exemplified by Mary and Rhoda, Lucy and Ethel, and now celebrated by shows like Sex and the City—relationships that exhibit jealousy and love, loyalty and despair, and more than a few pairs of really good shoes. Contributors include Andi Zeisler, co-creator of Bitch magazine, and Ayun Halliday, as well as wry cartoons by artists like Ellen Forney, Ariel Schrag, and Phoebe Gloeckner.

Introductionp. vii
Cowboys and Indiansp. 1
Breaking Up with Smittyp. 15
Dinosaur Friendsp. 29
Questions for Carenp. 37
Lizziep. 47
Evidencep. 51
Primap. 63
Sweetie, Darlingp. 69
Ariel & Mep. 77
The Barbie Basementp. 79
Ascending Bordersp. 87
When Mary Met Sallyp. 101
Rushp. 111
Le Divorcep. 121
Unplanned Unparenthoodp. 135
Ellen & Mep. 143
Where the Boys Arep. 145
How to Ex Communicatep. 153
Out of the Ashesp. 157
Homegirlsp. 169
The Garbo Girlp. 183
Another Motherp. 189
Ordinary Giftsp. 205
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ISBN: 9781580051125
ISBN-10: 158005112X
Series: Live Girls
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 5th October 2004
Publisher: Seal Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1