ERIC Number: ED149211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Some Aspects of Women's Relationships with Women.
Bardwick, Judith M.
Feminist awareness of sexism is leading to a re-evaluation of the importance of women's relationships with each other and to a new awareness that in those relationships there is an enormous potential for mutual support. But women's relationships with women have not only been based on the unconscious assumption of a shared second rate status, they have also characteristically fused intimacy and mistrust. Women have tended to neither respect nor trust other women. The author sees this mistrust as originating in childhood, where girls' and boys' friendship patterns differ greatly. Boys are substitutable for each other. They form a group or pool of friends, and if one is rejected it is usually for his inability to bat, run, or perform well in a particular game. Girls, however, form dyads which reject other girls totally. This sometimes crushing personal rejection helps shape women's ways of relating in adult life. (Author/BP)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (San Francisco, California, August 26-30, 1977)