Womance

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A womance is a close but non-sexual relationship between two (or more) women, a form of affectional or homosocial intimacy.[1][2][3] The word womance is a portmanteau of the words woman and romance.[4] It is often described as the female flip side of bromance.[5][6]

Popular culture

Examples of womances in popular culture include the films Thelma and Louise (1990), Muriel's Wedding (1994), Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion (1997), and Bridesmaids (2011),[7] as well as the TV series Laverne and Shirley.[8] Several current TV series feature notable "womances".[9]

The Australian feature film Jucy (2010) is billed as a "womantic" comedy.[10][11]

It has also been used to describe the real life friendship between celebrities.[12][5]

See also

References

  1. Elizabeth Ann Thompson, "Womance vs. Bromance", The Huffington Post 11 July 2014 accessed 12 February 2015
  2. June 02, 2013, Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, Review: Little charm in these 'Mistresses': Despite a promising premise — mature women making the mistakes of youth — this ABC remake of a BBC soap is lame and ridiculous., Retrieved , "...violate the basic principle of womance TV: Drop everything the moment a friend calls. ..."
  3. September 19, 2011, Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, Television review: '2 Broke Girls': '2 Broke Girls' is a meat-and-potatoes kind of sitcom in which a once-rich girl goes to work with and befriends a working girl at a diner., Retrieved , "...heart of the show is the womance — the inevitable friendship between the two women ..."
  4. Usage example from Glamour
  5. 5.0 5.1 Emma Koehn, "Less bromance, more womance", Overland 22 January 2014 accessed 12 February 2015
  6. Susan Wloszczyna, May 12, 2011, USA Today, 'Bridesmaids': Here comes the raunch, Retrieved , "...."We were looking for an alternative to bromance," he says. "A 'womance.' .."
  7. 'Where's the Womance?' by Laurie Wheeler, Centre of the Psychology of Women, Feb 24, 2011
  8. 'Womance What a Wonderful Word' by Christine Jacobs at Leading Women, posted August 2, 2011
  9. 'Top 10 Womances On TV Today' by Lauren Barbato, The Morning After on Hulu, September 28, 2011
  10. 'One Jucy on Screen Womance for the Gold Coast', by Caroline Russo, Tamborine Daily Star, November 9, 2010
  11. Genevieve Tait, "A Little Womance", Filmink Magazine 14 January 2009 accessed 12 February 2015
  12. "Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden enjoy a WOMANCE", The Sun accessed 12 February 2015