I read this in a Westender Sarah Silverman interview as I waited to fly east for my latest teaching tour:
"My guess is that because we were all girls, there was no sense of any difference between the sexes, in that we weren't defined by any male peers in our household, so we defined ourselves freely."
This makes a lot of sense to me. I'm the youngest of 5 girls. I also went to an all-girls school from grade 6 on. There are definite advantages for girls when we are allowed to form an all-female social/peer group, particularly during adolescence when most of us get pulled off centre by the mere presence of males. Don't get me wrong, I love men, but girls need to learn how to grow into women who aren't threatened by each other's accomplishments & who have no desire to sabotage women's lives through competition or indirect aggression (the "other woman", for example). Strengthen the sisterhood!
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