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If the graft takes, women who do not love their Selves cannot love others like their Selves. In spite of the primordial dismembering of female friendship and the enormous pressures put on women to exist for men, all kinds of women have been and are friends. There are women who have been and are for women. Women must learn to identify such women. Women must learn to identify their friends. This is a process not realized by anything as simple as the wearing of an identification card. Within the last decade, we have learned something of the friendships of famous women such as Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict, and Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok.
There are heaps of lovely places to see and things to do. Never doubt that I want to see and do them, and that I ask no better travelling companion than you. Winifred Holtby to Vera Brittain, Testament of Friendship Contents Preface Introduction I Origins of Female Friendship: In the Beginning Was Woman II Varieties of Female Friendship: The Nun as Loose Woman III More Loose Women: The Chinese Marriage Resisters IV Obstacles to Female Friendship V A Vision of Female Friendship: Two Sights-seeing Notes Index Acknowledgements Acknowledgements are always a difficult task.
I do not wish to romanticize the subject of female friendship. In a woman-hating society, female friendship has been tabooed to the extent that there are women who hate their original Selves and other women or who, at best, are indifferent to women. The obstacles to female friendship have taken solid root in their lives, and it is they who believe and act out the fiction that women never have been and never can be friends. This book does not pretend that all women can befriend other women. I do believe, however, that all women have the potential to form vital friendships with women.