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A womance is a close but non-sexual relationship between two (or more) women,[1][2][3][4][5][6] a form of affectional or homosocial intimacy.

The word womance is a portmanteau of the words woman and romance.[7][8] The emergence of the terms bromance and womance has been seen as reflecting increased relationship-seeking as a modern behavior.[6] Although womance is sometimes seen as the female flip side of bromance,[9][10] some have seen different nuances in the social construction of the two concepts.[1][2][11] Hammarén sees "different values assigned to male and female friendships" and a dissimilarity in the "underlying power relation between the concepts",[2] and Winch has asserted several differences in the social construction.[1]


Examples of film womances seem to be less prevalent than bromances.[2] In Her Shoes (2005), Baby Mama (2008), The Women (2008), Bride Wars (2009), and Bridesmaids (2011) have been seen as womances, and their characteristics and tropes discussed.[1] Winch expands on the assertion that "The womance can be distinguished from earlier friendship films because of its focus on the female self as entrepreneurial self-project."[1] She sees differences from bromance, in "practices of consumption and hypervisability differentiates their togetherness from the togetherness of the buddies of the bromance" as well as dissimilar themes - girlfriend competition, female solidary in the face of concerns about economic security and bridezilla behavior.

The Australian feature film Jucy (2010) is billed as a "womantic comedy".[12][13] Frances Ha (2013) has been seen as a character study, with two close female protagonists, who "have quite a womance going".[14]


Several current TV series feature notable "womances"[15] as well as the TV series Laverne and Shirley[16] and Mel & Sue.[17] The first all-female podcast is a comedy duo from Brisbane.[18]


It has also been used to describe the real life friendship between celebrities.[19][9][20]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Winch A. Girlfriends and Postfeminist Sisterhood. Palgrave Macmillan. 2013. ISBN 9780230348752
  2. ^ a b c d Hammarén N, Johansson T. Homosociality in Between Power and Intimacy. SAGE Open, 2014. 4(1) [1]
  3. ^ Elizabeth Ann Thompson, "Womance vs. Bromance", The Huffington Post 11 July 2014 accessed 12 February 2015
  4. ^ June 02, 2013, Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, Review: Little charm in these 'Mistresses': Despite a promising premise — mature women making the mistakes of youth — this ABC remake of a BBC soap is lame and ridiculous., Retrieved , "...violate the basic principle of womance TV: Drop everything the moment a friend calls. ..."
  5. ^ September 19, 2011, Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, Television review: '2 Broke Girls': '2 Broke Girls' is a meat-and-potatoes kind of sitcom in which a once-rich girl goes to work with and befriends a working girl at a diner., Retrieved , "...heart of the show is the womance — the inevitable friendship between the two women ..."
  6. ^ a b Townsend J. How To Be A Best Friend Forever: Making and Keeping Lifetime Relationships. Worthy Publishing. 2012. ISBN 9781617950292
  7. ^ https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/womance
  8. ^ Meanley E. I’m Having a Womance and I’m Loving It. FEBRUARY 4, 2010 [2]
  9. ^ a b Emma Koehn, "Less bromance, more womance", Overland 22 January 2014 accessed 12 February 2015
  10. ^ Susan Wloszczyna, May 12, 2011, USA Today, 'Bridesmaids': Here comes the raunch, Retrieved , "...."We were looking for an alternative to bromance," he says. "A 'womance.' .."
  11. ^ Strait, A. Beyond BFFs - cozying up to queerplatonic relationships. Post Volume 14 issue 8.
  12. ^ 'One Jucy on Screen Womance for the Gold Coast', by Caroline Russo, Tamborine Daily Star, November 9, 2010
  13. ^ Genevieve Tait, "A Little Womance", Filmink Magazine 14 January 2009 accessed 12 February 2015
  14. ^ Deborah Ross. The Spectator, 27 July 2013.
  15. ^ 'Top 10 Womances On TV Today' by Lauren Barbato, The Morning After on Hulu, September 28, 2011
  16. ^ 'Womance What a Wonderful Word' by Christine Jacobs at Leading Women, posted August 2, 2011
  17. ^ Ginny Dougary. Mel & Sue on "womance" and their new chat show Monday 12 January 2015 [3]
  18. ^ Bochenski N. A womance laid bare in an all-chick podcast. Brisbane Times. March 4, 2013. [4]
  19. ^ "Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden enjoy a WOMANCE", The Sun accessed 12 February 2015
  20. ^ Aggarwal U. Womance in the virtual world: Cool or creepy? Times of India May 31, 2014