Top 3 Lady Tribes in Pop Culture

How awesome is it to see depictions of real honest-to-goodness female friendship within pop culture?  I like seeing Lady Tribes.  I like being a part of a Lady Tribe.  & somehow the world is shocked when people flock to see things like that that have a bit more dimension (ie: Bridemaids)  Finding good depictions of friendship between women within pop culture is …well, difficult.  No, not all women are out to ‘steal your man’ or your promotion.  No, friendship do not always take a backseat to romantic relationships.  Yes, women can be friends.  Underlined for emphasis.

Photo of the cast of the Golden Girls, smiling and holding awards

1.  Golden Girls

“& if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew…” – Oh come on.  You love the Golden Girls like I love the Golden Girls.  It involved cheesecake, wacky hijinks & real talk about social issues (straight women & awareness about HIV, LGBT rights, & dating/having sex as an older woman).

Illustration of Nancy Drew and friends Bess and George, digging outside

2.  Girl Detectives

Nancy Drew had Bess Marvin and George Fayne by her side on a lot of her cases.  Nancy with her titan hair & independent attitude, fearful femme Bess, & always-described-as-a-tomboy George make up a triad of all different aspects of womanhood.  & when they got down to business to solve the mystery of the hidden key that winds the ghost clock in smugglers cove?  That was the best.

Illustration collage of Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Batgirl

3.  Gotham Girls

While it is a 3-season flash animation, the ideas behind it are always my favorite story arcs in most comic entities.  I like when comics move beyond the idea of the ‘token’ solo woman character.  & how awesome is it when Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Catwoman & Batgirl all coexist in the same scene?  Its hard to imagine we could be living like this all the time, right?  Someday…

Honorable mentions: Friends (Monica, Rachel, Phoebe), Powerpuff Girls, Jem & the Holograms, Sex & the City

2 thoughts on “Top 3 Lady Tribes in Pop Culture

  1. I *LOVE* the idea of a girl tribe!

    Friends didn’t make it? Monica, Rachel & Phoebe?
    How about Laverne & Shirley (maybe 2 doesn’t make a tribe…).

    I was never part of a girl tribe, aside from the ‘me, myself & I one”, so perhaps I’m not the authority!

    : )

    1. Oh, thank you! I will definitely have to add Friends to the honorable mentions list; there might even have to be a Part Two. I thought of Laverne & Shirley too – pairs might have to be a separate post. There was also Lucy & Ethel, Mary & Rhoda, Xena & Gabrielle, Buffy & Willow…

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