Womance 2012

All to often, we love to pit two women against each other; Jen vs. Angelina, Gaga vs. Madonna, Christina vs. Britney.  It has become a sport to see who said what about whom, and who is "better."    In the 2009 movie, Bride Wars, two best friends turn into back biting bitter enemies in a competition to have the best wedding ceremony.  The movie was horribly vapid and revolting in the way it made "being catty" a source of humor.  While we focus on "Bromances," friendships between men, it seems we are neglecting "Womances," or healthy and honest female relationships. 

So let's take a look and celebrate some wonderful womances:


Oprah and Gayle:

This is a friendship that has lasted close to 40 years, and one of the best known womance.   In a 2006 Interview, they said that they talk three or four times and day and laugh off the rumors that they are lovers.  Oprah says in response to the rumors, "I understand why people think we're gay. There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it—how can you be this close without it being sexual? How else can you explain a level of intimacy where someone always loves you, always respects you, admires you?"


Annie, Shirley and  Britta
Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie  (Community):

Here are three women who formed a friendship when they joined Jeff's study group at Greendale Community College.  Show writer,   Megan Ganz   says, "When women are seen on TV being crass or funny or making jokes or undercutting someone, then you feel it’s socially acceptable for a woman to do that. More women are growing up feeling, “I can speak my mind and say what I want.” For me, I was maybe 15 before I started being like, “I’m just going to start saying things out loud. Why can’t I say what I think?”  By not sticking to the notion that women need to hate each other or be in competition, Community gives one of the most realistic womances on television.

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Rachael Dratch:

These three met on the set of Saturday Night Live.  Post SNL, these three have remained supportive of each other, whether it's 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, or writing "Girl Walks into a Bar."   This 2005 interview on the Ellen Show is just an example of their wonderfully funny womance. 

Snow White and Emma Swan
Jennifer Morrison and Ginnfer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time):

They play mother and daughter on TV's Once Upon a Time, and have become very good friends in real life as well.  Goodwin says of Morrison, "When we were both coming up in the business, we would get confused all the time. We have done interviews for each other and signed each other's photographs."

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ONTD,  Who are your favorite womances?