A Tribe called Sisterhood

Yes, I’m a man. I don’t know anything about the intimate, sisterhood-like friendships between women. But I do find it interesting to think about it, because honestly: no matter how you look at it, a group of girl friends have all what it takes to be a tribe. And that is more than a group chat on WhatsApp.

written by Tom | August 1, 2018


Is it something historically?

Sure it is. Finding good girl friends nowadays seems to be harder than before. Our western culture breeds contempt and jealousy. It’s more comparing each other on the superficial side, than connecting over the important things in life. The true meaning of female friendship goes way back, with the women as the centre of the family. Taking care of children, taking care of each other making sure everyone was safe and could survive.

It’s a kind of magic.

A true sisterhood can get some divine things to start happening: women lift each other up. Realizing they are on the same team, they share the same secrets. You know them when you see them: there is electricity between them, talking becomes effortless as they bond over books, life paths and guilty pleasures. Queen B approves. In fact, being in a lady tribe where joy and sorrow are shared, is important in staying balanced. Queen B approves, again.

Female friendships are just a hop to our sisterhood, and sisterhood can be a very powerful forceJane Fonda

Keep calm and get a lady tribe.

It is scientifically proven that men and women behave very differently when faced with stress. Men deal with a fight or flight strategy, which is generally more aggressive. But women on the other hand produce a hormone called Oxytocin, which compels them to seek social support. 

That's why girl friends are like a tribe: there's a communal goal and interest, a bunch of rituals and a strong social bond that can hold for a very long time. Jane Fonda and here close friend Lily Tomlin had a TED talk on the meaning of (their) sisterhood.


Find your tribe.

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