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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (149 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Shapiro Barash, Shelly Frasier Narrator: Shelly Frasie Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Tripping the Prom Queen is a groundbreaking investigation into the dark secret of female friendship: rivalry.

Susan Shapiro Barash has exploded the myth that women help one another, are supportive of one another, and want each other to succeed. Based on interviews with women across a broad social spectrum, she has discovered that the competition between women is more vicious precisely because it is covert. She tells us: 

  • Why women can’t and won’t admit to rivalry.
  • How women are trained from an early age to compete with one another.
  • In which areas women most heatedly compete.
  • How rivalry is different among women than among men.
  • The differences between competition, envy, and jealousy.
  • When competition is healthy and when it isn’t.
  • Why women find it irresistible to “trip the prom queen.”
  • Useful strategies to stop the competition and forge a new kind of relationship with other women.

Whether you’ve tripped the prom queen or been tripped yourself, you will discover an engrossing exploration of this female phenomenon, as well as a beacon of hope for better, more fulfilling relationships.

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  • “Overall, this study provides a helpful starting place for any woman wondering if it’s possible to get what she wants without hurting or being hurt.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon | 1/21/2014

    " Read this book then watch the movie all about Eve it's very intresting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Emily | 1/18/2014

    " Some of the stories are really scary. I think that this sort of competition really does go on between women, but I don't feel it had affected me to the degree presented in the book. I think that this problem affects an older generation to a more significant degree. In general, I still feel that the men I work with are a lot more competitive that the women. Although I agree that women, in general, are more competitive about other aspects of life, especially women that are more "traditional". However, I don't feel that my friends give a shit about who gets married or has kids first, and I definitely have never had a friend try to steal my boyfriend or anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by cagey | 1/14/2014

    " The book was a good selection for a book club because it provided an excellent discussion. However, the author's methodology was incredibly lame and she included WAY too many examples from the media and entertainment - such as plotlines from TV shows and movies to prov - to prove her point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda | 1/13/2014

    " This was interesting, but not super informative. It was read fabulously though! "

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About the Author
Author Susan Shapiro Barash

Susan Shapiro Barash, an established writer of nonfiction women’s issue books, has authored nine books, including A Passion for More: Wives Reveal the Affairs That Make or Break Their Marriages; Second Wives: The Pitfalls and Rewards of Marrying Widowers and Divorced Men; and Mothers-in-Law and Daughters-in-Law: Love, Hate, Rivalry and Reconciliation. She is a professor of critical thinking/gender studies at Marymount Manhattan College and a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where she mentors graduate students.