Tripping the Prom Queen: The Truth About Women and Rivalry

Tripping the Prom Queen: The Truth About Women and Rivalry

by Susan Shapiro Barash
Tripping the Prom Queen: The Truth About Women and Rivalry

Tripping the Prom Queen: The Truth About Women and Rivalry

by Susan Shapiro Barash

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Tripping the Prom Queen is a groundbreaking investigation into the dark secret of female friendship: rivalry.

Susan Shapiro Barash has exploded the myth that women help one another, are supportive of one another, and want each other to succeed. Based on interviews with women across a broad social spectrum, she has discovered that the competition between women is more vicious precisely because it is covert. She tells us:
* Why women can't and won't admit to rivalry.
* How women are trained from an early age to compete with one another.
* In which areas women most heatedly compete.
* How rivalry is different among women than among men.
* The differences between competition, envy, and jealousy.
* When competition is healthy and when it isn't.
* Why women find it irresistible to "trip the prom queen."
* Useful strategies to stop the competition and forge a new kind of relationship with other women.
Whether you've tripped the prom queen or been tripped yourself, you will discover an engrossing exploration of this female phenomenon, as well as a beacon of hope for better, more fulfilling relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312334321
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 889,760
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Susan Shapiro Barash is the author of eight previous books and a professor of Critical Thinking/Gender Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. As a well-recognized gender expert, she is frequently sought out by newspapers, television shows, and radio programs to comment on women's issues. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Facing the Dark Mirror     1
From Diapers to Dior
The Myth of Female Solidarity     25
Mommy Dearest and the Evil Sister     46
Mean Girls and Heathers     64
Best Rivals and Worst Friends
The Perpetual Beauty Contest: Envy over Appearance     89
Magical Theft: Envy over Relationships     111
Snow Queens and Soccer Moms: Envy over Children     132
Working Girls and Bossy Women: Envy on the Job     157
Revolutionizing Rivalry
Dispelling the Demons: How to Spin Competition, Jealousy, and Envy in Our Favor     189
Resisting the Urge to Merge     209
Conclusion: A Better Mirror     235
Acknowledgments     253
References     255
Index     263
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