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The power of (platonic) love

VALENTINO VECCHIETTI on why we need to champion female friendship

“Having loving, platonic, relationships with women is so empowering and enabling”

“Having loving, platonic, relationships with women is so empowering and enabling”

Since my last long-term relationship, I have been through a shift in what I think love can be. Growing up, I learnt from TV, film and novels that as a woman, love could only be romantic or familial. That for us, love was threatened by external friendships. Alternatively, I learnt again and again that men could be “bros”, and that they could have close “bromances” with their male friends. And that horrible phrase, “bros before hoes”, told me in no uncertain terms that for men, friendship comes first. But for us, there isn’t an equivalent story. Or an equivalent language. What even is the word for a female “bromance”? Sister + romance = “sismance”, but that doesn’t sound right maybe “womance”? I don’t know. Please do tweet some terms to me if you’re reading this now and know a word that describes women’s friendship.

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