Tripping the Prom Queen

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Tripping the Prom Queen

The Truth about Women and Rivalry

By Susan Shapiro Barash

Griffin, Paperback, 9780312334321, 274pp.

Publication Date: March 6, 2007


"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.

About the Author
SUSAN SHAPIRO BARASH is an established writer of nonfiction women s issue books and has written more than a dozen books, including "The Nine Phases of Marriage"; "Toxic Friends"; "Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets" and "Tripping the Prom Queen". She teaches gender studies at Marymount Manhattan College. A well-recognized gender expert, she is frequently sought out by newspapers, televisions shows, and radio programs to comment on women s issues. She also blogs for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. She lives in New York City.

Praise For Tripping the Prom Queen

"A must-read." -- Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees And Wannabees