One of the saddest legacies of Mother Hunger is that women aren’t to be trusted. As much as you long for connection, the work it takes to cultivate a female friend is too taxing. Pictures like this may create feelings of irritation or longing. This is normal. But as you heal, this will change. You can measure your progress by noticing the women around you. Do you have a friend who knows all your secrets? Do you have a friend you admire without feeling threatened? Do you have a friend you can laugh with?