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This feminist vintage explores the numerous manifestations of friendship among ladies and examines the methods ladies have created their very own groups and destinies via friendship.

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A Passion for Friends: Toward a Philosophy of Female Affection

This feminist vintage explores the various manifestations of friendship among ladies and examines the methods girls have created their very own groups and destinies via friendship.

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14 While heterosexual and hetero-relational standards are being visibly promoted and institutionalized in the family, schools, church, and state, what is really supporting the foundation of patriarchy is, in the words of Mary Daly, “male power bonding, while the erotic component in male mating [is] concealed and denied. ”15 Gyn/affection, in both its personal and political senses, poses a threat to this oppressive male bonding. It undermines the potential for and the potency of homo-relations.

Gyn/affection is not only a loving relationship between two or more women; it is also a freely chosen bond which, when chosen, involves certain reciprocal assurances based on honor, loyalty, and affection. In this sense, one could say that friendship is a social trust. It is an understanding that is continually renewed, revitalized, and entered into not only by two or more individual women but by two or more political beings who claim social and political status for their Selves and others like their Selves.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for being so completely satisfactory, you most sweet woman. And we will go again. There are heaps of lovely places to see and things to do. Never doubt that I want to see and do them, and that I ask no better travelling companion than you. Winifred Holtby to Vera Brittain, Testament of Friendship Contents Preface Introduction I Origins of Female Friendship: In the Beginning Was Woman II Varieties of Female Friendship: The Nun as Loose Woman III More Loose Women: The Chinese Marriage Resisters IV Obstacles to Female Friendship V A Vision of Female Friendship: Two Sights-seeing Notes Index Acknowledgements Acknowledgements are always a difficult task.

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