Dear Jane, Why Do Women Hate Women? My response:

I was asked this question recently by a journalist for a feature she was writing on two female celebrities who were, apparently, having an argument. Always happy to oblige, this was my reply:

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Hi xxx,
Thanks for asking, always happy to comment although celebrity is not my area. Do feel free to quote any of below but suspect it may not be what you want. Be nice to know if you do use it. Thanks and good luck with it.

“To be honest I am not familiar with the spat and in my experience women do support each other. I was with 6 business women yesterday who were really working well together and hugely supportive, although technically they are all competitors. In fact, my business model is based on women supporting women.
However, we have a media which is institutionally sexist and rarely takes women seriously so I think we see so much more of this when it relates to women, particularly women the media deem attractive.(Good photo opportunity) Men fall out too but it’s not reported in the same way.”
That business model is described here, just in case you were interested.

Very best wishes,

What would you have said?

Update: I wrote this a few weeks ago and to date have not had a reply/acknowledgement from the journalist. I assume that means she’s not using my quote. if you do happen to see the article do let me know

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over 7 years ago
There are I guess women out there who 'hate' women, but what has really changed is the way these stories can be shared so quickly and easily via social media and the news. Must admit I am not buying into the question which perhaps has more to do with how women are viewed more generally by the media.