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Women often behave toward one another in sneaky, underhanded, ruthlessly competitive ways. Catfight is a remarkably researched and insightful foray into the American woman's world of aggression, rivalry, and competition. Tanenbaum draws on real-life examples and the most important studies to date in psychology, human aggression, psychoanalytic theory, and social movements to uncover the pressures that leave women regarding one another as adversaries rather than allies.
Most women highly value female approval and friendship, but the darker side of sisterhood can evoke covertly competitive behavior:
What is the state of "sisterhood" today? And how much progress have we really made?
Leora Tanenbaum is the author of Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation and a rising young talent of journalism today. She has written for Newsday, Seventeen, Ms., and The Nation, among others, and appears regularly on a variety of national television programs. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
“Tanenbaum [has made a] bold step into the literary world to start a bold discussion.”
-New York Newsday
“An eye-opening book.”
“Catfight is an incisive exploration of a long-taboo subject-how and why women sabotage one another.”
-Gail Sheehy, author of New Passages and Hillary's Choice