Ideals can wreak havoc on female friendships
A collaborative project between Canadian and US universities reports that "...female same-sex friendships are significantly less tolerant, more volatile, and likelier to degrade based on a single negative incident than male same-sex friendships...", which contrary to traditional views that women are more socially cooperative than men. According to one of the study's authors, "...The standards are very high for women... They're on thin ice all the time." That said, the auhors stress that women excel in developing deeper relationships than men.