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The Frenemies Behind Harvard Race Email Scandal

Last week, the interwebs frothed over an email written by a Harvard Law student who is a member of their famed Law Review. The author of said email wrote that she could not rule out “the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent.” It’s a statement even more extreme than the one that got Larry Summers in deep doo-doo a while back. This email was forwarded to the website Above the Law and while they kept the writer’s name under wraps, other websites began to identify the author as third-year law student Stephanie Grace. (Above, on the left.) Harvard top brass quickly denounced the email and folks started petitioning the judge Grace was set to clerk for to make sure she didn’t get the position.

So how did this whole nasty thing start? Supposedly, with one friend confronting another about sleeping with a third friend’s ex-boyfriend. Keep reading »

Dating Don’ts: 5 Friends You Don’t Need

Who was the first person you called the day your ex dumped you? Or that time you found a weird bump on that very private body part? Or the day you stumbled across that pair of barely worn Christian Louboutins at the Goodwill?

If you’re like me, you called a girlfriend. While I love my man and adore my cats to what some might consider a scary degree, the relationships I have with my girls is on an entirely different plane. They’re the funniest, smartest, weirdest (in a good way!) gaggle of broads I’ve ever met and I feel lucky every day to have them around.

It wasn’t always this way. I’ve had to prune my posse (please note that I’ve also been kicked out of people’s lives as well) and have discovered some types to avoid. Keep reading »

Why Do Women Have Frenemies?

This weekend, The New York Post ran a piece by author Lucinda Rosenfeld called “Why Women Are Frenemies.” Rosenfeld has a book coming out that’s related to the topic called I’m So Happy for You: A Novel About Best Friends, and in her essay she implies that the root of most female frenemy relationships is jealousy. I like Rosenfeld’s writing — she’s best known for What She Saw — but I’m a little resistant to the notion that all women engage in these “frenemy”-type relationships, and that if they DO have them, it all comes down to being jealous. She writes:

“For girls in their early 20s, rivalries tend to revolve around beauty and the attention of men. Later, it becomes easy to measure your lot in life (against that of your best friends) by the size of your wedding ring, the square footage of your apartment, the number of zeros in your or your husband or partner’s salary, and whether or not your kids got into a gifted-and-talented program.”

Really? I don’t have any frenemies I can think of, though I do have a few friends who occasionally grate on my nerves. But anyone who would ever fall on a list of enemies — even just for an hour or a day — is not someone I think I would call a friend to begin with. To find out just how true Rosenfeld’s theory is, I asked some fellow women about their experiences with “frenemies.” Keep reading »

Quickies!: Lauren And Heidi Aren’t Done Bitching About Each Other

  • Lauren Conrad and Heidi Pratt may have appeared to have reconciled during the season finale of “The Hills,” but it’s clear from Lauren’s interview with Bazaar that they are anything but friends. Conrad had quite a bit of negative things to say about her frenemy. [Us Weekly] – Both of these girls just need to Shut. Up.
  • Jon Gosselin has purchased a new home, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The apartment is supposedly just big enough for him and his newgal pal, but leaves little room for his eight kids. [People] I’m so not excited about sharing my city with him.
  • Political affairs have been on the rise lately, or at least they’re being publicized a whole lot more than they used to be. But it seems these adulterers just never learn from their mistakes, so here’s a list that should help them out. [Aslyum]

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Friendzillas: When Good Friends Go Bad and How to Get Rid of a Toxic Friend

A few months ago, while promoting their movie “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2″, there seemed to be some tension between co-stars Blake Lively and America Ferrera. When Ferrera, whom we usually lovvvve, commented to a teen magazine that she thought shows like “Gossip Girl” were a bad influence, and appeared bored when an interviewers was asking Lively about the show, we wondered if the two might be frenemies instead of besties. After the jump, how to avoid developing toxic friendships. Keep reading »

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