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5 Reasons You Need Your Girlfriends

5 Reasons You Need Your Girlfriends

I know this is a loaded statement, but here goes: I have always said that I don’t trust women who don’t have female friends.

You know the type — the girl who spends her time exclusively with men. She thinks women are catty (women other than her, of course). For some inexplicable reason, other women just don’t like her. And she can’t, for the life of her, figure out why (unless it’s that they’re just jealous or something). But I’m guessing you have a pretty good idea.

Women need other women. Female friends enrich our lives and make us better people. Even when you’ve got a boyfriend, a fiance, a husband, children or — if you’re lucky — a gay best friend, your friendships with other women are crucial. They’re important emotionally, physically, spiritually … even professionally. And in case you need a reminder, here’s why:

1. Women get you.
Sure, you have things in common with both genders — we’re all human, after all. But with other women, you share experiences that are exclusively female. Menstrual cramps, childbirth, and an X chromosome, to name some of the most basic. What about boy trouble, tricky mother-daughter relationships, gender discrimination, or a childhood obsession with glitter (or was that just me)? Of course, every woman will have unique life experiences, but it’s hard to dismiss the fact that there are certain themes that unite us. Your girlfriends will get it when you just need a good cry. They’ll understand the delicate balancing act of being a working mother. They’ll appreciate your excitement at finding the perfect pair of jeans. And that’s priceless.

2. They make better best friends
Okay, maybe not better. But possibly deeper. More meaningful. Longer lasting. Studies have shown that men are more fickle and calculating about who they stay friends with, whereas women tend to stick together through the good and bad. Women also work harder to maintain friendships. A Manchester University survey concluded that 47% of women contact their best friend on a daily basis, compared to 36% of men. The study also showed that men were more likely to base their friendships on activities (like drinking!) whereas women tended to base their friendships more on face-to-face interaction.

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