1. The phenomenon of relating our lives and relationships to those of television characters is a fairly recent one -perhaps three generations old. From I Love Lucy to Laverne and Shirley to Friends to Gossip Girl,television programs have depicted female friendships invarious ways. Do you think television portrayals of female friendship are realistic? What purposes do they serve? What draws us to these characters, stereotypes though they may be? Do you and your friends follow certain programs faithfully? What purpose do you suppose this might serve in your relationships, beyond the entertainment factor?

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