By Janice G Raymond
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Includes index. ISBN 978-1-74219-147-8 Master e-book ISBN ISBN 978-1-74219-449-3 (ePub Format) ISBN 1 876756 08 X. 1. Female friendship. 2. Women—Psychology 3. Interpersonal relations. 4. Feminism. I. Title. Box 3130, Durham, NC; lines from “A Letter” by Shao Fei-fei, “To the Tune of ‘Flowers Along The Path Through the Field’” by Wu Tsao, “To the Tune The River is Red’” and “Two Poems to the Tune ‘Narcissus by the River’” by Ch’iu Chin, from Women Poets of China translated and edited by Kenneth Rexroth and Ling Chung, © 1972 by Kenneth Rexroth and Ling Chung, used by permission of Bradford Morrow for the Kenneth Rexroth Trust and New Directions Publishing Corporation; for the excerpt from “Women’s Rights” by Jiu Jin from Feminism and Socialism in China by Elisabeth Croll, by permission of Routledge and Kegan Paul, copyright © 1972; to The Journal of the China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, XXXIII, for the excerpt from “Song of the Southern Sea”; from “The Space” from Views from the Intersection by Catherine Barry, by permission of the author; and from “In Search of a Warm Feminist” by Joan Schwartz, by permission of the author.
Women have been each other’s best friends, relatives, stable companions, emotional and economic supporters, and faithful lovers. 7 This lack of Self-love is grafted onto the female self under patriarchy. If the graft takes, women who do not love their Selves cannot love others like their Selves. In spite of the primordial dismembering of female friendship and the enormous pressures put on women to exist for men, all kinds of women have been and are friends. There are women who have been and are for women.
A philosophy of female friendship is an unacknowledged part of the history of philosophy. It seeks to analyze the relation between women and our world. It examines systematically what passes for reality—that is, hetero-reality—and it challenges hetero-values and ideals by generating those of female friendship. A philosophy of female friendship is one part of the history of feminist discernment. It is animated by women’s search for meaning. A philosophy of female affection is thus no neutral endeavor.
A Passion for Friends: Toward a Philosophy of Female Affection by Janice G Raymond