The Power of Female Friendship
A Reading List for the Anniversary of 'Sex and the City'
This Saturday is the anniversary of the Sex and the City premiere, and it’s hard for me to believe it’s been seventeen years. It couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte helped me make my way through my first sexual encounters in high school and college. But more importantly, they represented something powerful: female friendship. Before Girls and Broad City, SATC laid the groundwork for shows that really delve into the complex, occasionally superficial and occasionally meaningful connections between BFFs.
But what about books? More often than not, stories with female points of view are wrongly labeled as chick lit. And as Nicola Griffith, author of Hild, recently pointed out, books about women just don’t have a good track record for winning the major literary prizes.
It’s frustrating and infuriating.
There are many meaningful, well-written novels and memoirs about female friends. Here are just some of my favorites.
SLIDESHOW: A Female Friendship Reading List