‘Women are the masters of indirect aggression,’ Alana Munro says. ‘Indirect aggression is a soup that stews on and on for years. It endlessly chips away at a woman’s sense of self. Eroding her self-worth day in, day out.’
Women Behaving Badly, published 2013, is an easy read, but also quite disquieting. Alana Munro has felt compelled to expose the ‘dark side of feminine relations’. The bitchy side – vindictive, manipulative and oh so jealous. ‘A woman’s ability to control, manipulate and hurt other women is powerful and often stunning,’ she says. ‘Women are capable of dominating and wounding. They are capable of shocking cruelty towards other women, children and men. It is not simply men who can be inhumane.’
The author draws on incidents from her own life, and the experiences of other women who have suffered unfairly at the hands of their supposed friends. She tries to understand what causes women to treat each other this way:
This is a heartfelt and well-written book. Much of what is said is no secret, but there is much that is thought-provoking. This ought to be essential reading for women of all ages.
Note: This is in part a self-help book, and I find that aspect a little frustrating – but I’m not really the target audience…