In the August 2013 edition of Ask E. Jean in Elle Magazine, the advice columnist laid out these rules of girl-to-girl kindness and support, aka “the Girl Code” (or as she dubs it, the “Advanced Woman Code”):
- Never stay silent when a friend is falling for an asshole.
- Never refuse to write a recommendation for the offspring of a friend (no matter how big an idiot the kid is).
- Never agree when a friend says she’s flabby, baggy, saggy, lumpy, floppy, veiny, squishy, scrawny, etc., etc. Tell her to shut up. Tell her life is too short. Tell her to eat, drink and be merry. And finally…
- Never treat other women disrespectfully: It gives men ideas.