At best, mean girls theory got lumped in with the larger field of bully psychology, completely ignoring the gender element except when it provided a little added titillation. At worst,

the subject has become a safe cover for hostilities and fears about teenaged girls and their power,as well as their changing position in society. The media's interest seems to be less about spreading awareness of behaviour that hurts girls than about the potential of having real, psychological proof that women naturally can't get along... [emphasis added] (25). What does Moss reveal about the role the media has played in the construction of female friendships? Do you agree or disagree with her take on the situation? Can you provide some positive examples of the way in which the entertainment media has dealt with the issue of young women's friendships?

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