curated: why women onscreen never seem to have any women friends…

…even though women in real life rely on their female friends.

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  • Well...


    Nancy (pictured above) had a close female friend who has been a series favorite despite the fact that she gets eaten in one of the first episodes.

  • This is one of those things where, once you became aware of it, you can't believe you didn't see how prevalent it is before.

    I'm working on a list of films that fail the Reverse Bechdel-Wallace Test - films where at no point do two men talk to each other. It's amazing (but obviously shouldn't be) how invigorating it is to see that.

    • When a man has no friends, it may be because he's a tough, isolated loner. That's an iconic figure, especially in Westerns. We see that less often with women, who are expected to be emotional (though there are examples). Men, on the other hand, are expected to be cut off from their emotions. MaryAnn has written about how that's part of toxic masculinity.

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