Female Friendships

The Girl Movement

Deirdre Collins | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Deirdre Collins

The female of the species has a bad rep when it comes to how we treat each other, but a movement where girls have secret groups online and organise meet ups is changing that perception.

Never Alone But Often Lonely

Aimee Foster | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

Making friends as an adult is hard, especially when you don't see the same people every day. Once I found them, my mum friends became a lifeline to me. I was so much happier with these incredible women in my life to share every stage of my motherhood journey with.

How It Feels Getting Dumped By Your Work

Anita Shargall | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anita Shargall

I come out of the meeting and feel overwhelmed with emotion, armed with a pack of redundancy docs, now known as 'the white envelope of doom'. My face is puffy from all the crying and the fact my HR colleague has been plying me with cheap kitchen roll. Word of advice to any HR advisors- invest in Kleenex.

I'm Not Bragging When I Tell You Someone Hit on Me

Jade E. Bradford | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jade E. Bradford

When I was 17 years old a man pulled over an articulated lorry on a busy road to hit on me. I can't be sure, but I think that's when a lifetime of being hit on constantly began. Now wait - before you think "ugh, what is this woman complaining about now?" I'm here to explain why women need to stop thinking other women are bragging when they tell these stories.

We Could All Benefit From Wimbledon High School's Toxic Friendship Lessons

Polly Allen | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Allen

Young people are fantastic early adopters of technology, but they don't have the emotional resilience to cope with the fall-out when feelings get hurt along the way. Girls, in particular, seem to be experts at internalising this upset.

Isn't It Time We Gave All Women a Chance?

Katie Portman | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Portman

Let me tell you, if you're sat there thinking we've got this sisterhood business completely sorted, then you are mistaken. There's a whole mountain range of stuff we still need to get sorted, and pronto, if we want to be happier, calmer, stronger and more confident.

A Letter to My Friends on International Friendship Day 2015

Dawn Kofie | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK
Dawn Kofie

So what I'm left with is you lot, my self-selected family. A constellation of kind, patient, clever and very funny people. I'm lucky to have you.

Mummy Speed Dating

Elfa Wilmot | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Parents
Elfa Wilmot

It's a bit tedious going to playgroups and meeting mums at school and having to spend months figuring out who you want in your gang. Mummy Speed Dating would make life a lot easier. If you had four minutes with each mum, what would you look for? This is how I would suss out my mummy friend soul mate.

Are Lesbians Responsible for Anti-Feminism?

E J Rosetta | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

The assumption is that lady-loving-ladies will do just that... Be bloody nice to each other at least. But it's wishful thinking. You've heard of man-hating lesbians but, in my experience, you're more likely to encounter a woman-hating lesbian, however ironic that sounds.

My Pregnancy Realisations

Ceri Gillett | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Parents
Ceri Gillett

I was adamant I wouldn't lose myself in the process of having a baby. I now see that the women I thought had been consumed by babies were never lost. I couldn't begin to understand the newer more complex versions that motherhood had made them.

Travelling or Leaving With Style?

Chloe Palmer | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Palmer

Choosing to travel is so wonderful so much of the time that it is easy for everyone (travellers included) to forget that it is like any choice in life: when you choose one option you have to forgo whatever the other option may be.

Your Perfect Boyfriend... or Your Female Friends? When the Gender Differences Stab You Through Your Heart.

Olga Levancuka | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

We women, stopped trying to bring our remarkable female qualities that can only benefit our relationship, our career, our social circles, our community. We think of our unique qualities as something to be ashamed of, given our inner beauty and our female nature held us captives in a male world... only decades ago.

20 Reasons Why Best Friends Are, Um, The Bestest

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The proof is in the pudding when it comes to the sheer awesomeness of best friends. So, to celebrate their incredible ways (and because it's our M...

Why Female Friendships Are Better Than Anything Else in the World

Jessie Thompson | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jessie Thompson

Do you know who runs the world? Well, if you are to believe the gospel of Beyonce (and many people do), it's girls. Socially and economically, this thesis is slightly flawed. In some circles though, this could be considered true. In fact it is, and I've experienced it.

Friendship Breakdowns; Ten Things You Need to Know

Kirsten Brown | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsten Brown

Funny things, aren't they; friendships? When they're good, you feel like you're wrapped up in a lovely emotionally supportive and hilarious bubble, but when they go south, it can be tricky to know how to handle it, devastating, even.

Five Types of Female Travelling Companions

Frontier | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It's obvious that men and women have different inklings when planning a trip, so what kinds of personalities could the male adventurer best pair up with to get the most out of a trip with a female companion? Let's examine the categories...

Making Friends After Divorce and Separation

Helen King | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen King

Until this point you might have had a ready-made social life. You may have been a couple hanging out with other couples. Suddenly that social scene turns upside down. You might feel that you don't 'fit in' so well, as the talk still revolves around what to do as a pair. You may feel ready to re-assess your life and decide what route you alone would like to take.

Do You Agree With These 10 True Facts About Friendship?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Whoever has a friend, has a treasure—that phrase might hold more truth than you’d think! In studying friendship, scientists have discovered shocki...

The Mate Escape

William Higham | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

From festivals to social media, we're spending more time with our friends. A growing number of us enjoy a close group of mates that we consider to be a surrogate family: a friendship-family or 'Framily'. In some cases, this is taking over from where the traditional family unit may have left off: either in distance, as people move away from home, or emotionally.

Seven Ways to Ruin a Friendship

Emma Clarke | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Clarke

I like to think of myself as a pretty easygoing woman. I have great female friends. I get on with many, many women. But, man, there are times when engaging in girl-talk can feel like you've been chucked in a bear pit.

Sex and the City vs. Real Friendships: Why the Carrie Bradshaw Model Doesn't Work

Rhiannon Davies | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rhiannon Davies

We all know the scene: Carrie Bradshaw and her gal pals meet up for lunch mid-week in a swanky restaurant, order cosmopolitans and discuss men. It's pretty cliché, so why do so many of us feel bad that our own friendships aren't 'Sex and the City' enough?

Female Friends: The Antidote to Family Irritations?

Helen King | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen King

I love my friends. I can almost plot them through my different life stages. My friends have been there through thick and thin. They have helped to structure the route that my life has taken and will take in the future.

Making Friends as an Emptynester

Helen King | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen King

Suddenly on your own again, with the disappearance of all the family chores, it can be a frightening prospect. All of a sudden you have to accept that your child rearing days are over. You have to adapt to life solely with your partner or on your own, and you have to think about what you are going to do with all that spare time, previously taken up with family activities.

Nine "Lady Blogs" That You Should be Reading - but Probably Aren't (Yet)

Laura Jane Williams | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Jane Williams

When it comes to kicking ass and taking names, its female bloggers who have it nailed. We excel at building online platforms that bloom into communities that help us to be better: sassier, more focused, kinder, healthier. From fashion to attitude, self-marketing to self-love, here are my top 9 lady blogs that I think you should be reading, but probably aren't, yet.

You Know She's Your BFF When..

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Bostock | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

As one of the most important women in your life, a BFF rarely gets off easy. While others enjoy the calm veneer of a carefully constructed you, she...