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Top 10 Girl Code Rules

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Gentlemen, feel free to ignore this one unless of course you want to take a sneak peek into “girl world,” and while I can promise that you may find some of it interesting, I cannot promise that you won’t leave scarred. Ladies, we need to have a chat about girl code. Of course, girl code comes with a long set of both written and unwritten rules, but I think some rules are more important than others, so I insist that we go over the top 10 girl code rules just to make sure we’re all keeping in line, and having each others’ backs because Lord knows, we could use it.

1. No hating on other women that you don’t know.

Ladies, why do we do this? There is no reason to talk badly about a girl that you saw across the room, no reason at all. She is not trying to steal your friends, or your man, or your job, she’s doing her own thing, now walk over, introduce yourself and the two of you could be BFFs in no time. Or just mind your business and leave her alone.

2. No hating on other women’s success.

That’s another thing ladies, we need to stop treating success — whether it’s at work or in relationships — as if it is a zero-sum game. There is plenty of room for all of us on this earth and even when we compete against each other for the same thing, let’s keep it classy, and should we lose, endure it gracefully.

3. Figure out your group’s “man rules” before shit happens.

Some things have to be taken for granted, such as you need permission to date a friend’s ex or former interest — I know I don’t need to remind any of you of this. Other than that, I have seen too many friendships fall apart because of a guy so you and your circle of friends need to figure out the rules. Is it a free for all if you like the same guy? Does whoever yells “dibs” first get to be the one who gets the first approach? Figure it out before shit happens.

4. Presence is required if a friend has been dumped.

Unless you are deathly sick or are about to win the $1 million on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?,  if your friend has been dumped, you have to be there. If you’re a really good friend, you’ll be there with pizza and wine.

5. If your friend is recently dumped, rejected, or deemed legitimately miserable for any reason, they get a weekend of doing whatever they want with you as the babysitter.

I’m not saying you should let your friend commit any crimes but you have to understand that they’re going through a hard time and just need to release. So suck it up, and let them do just that.

6. Honesty is the best policy for, “How do I look?”

Sometimes when I see some outfits, I wonder whose friends let them walk out like that. This is where I have to give cheers to my girls — they would never let me leave the house looking like a fashion victim. Tell the truth ladies, tell the truth.

7. Girls shall ALWAYS help other girls escape unwanted attention from guys.

This can be as simple as dancing with another girl at a club or as difficult as pretending to be her friend in a public place (totally done that, by the way), in order for her to escape. Most of the time, it won’t cost you anything but a minute so please let’s help each other out because some guys unfortunately can’t get a clue.

8. If a girl looks intoxicated and looks like she needs a friend, be her friend.

While the easy route is to point, be judgmental, and tell yourself that it’s not your problem, I am asking at the very least that you go up to her and ask, “Are you okay?” People in this state of mind can easily be taken advantage of in the worst way and that one question can change that possibility. This is the one situation where you are your sister’s keeper.

9. When required, be a wingwoman.

I know it sucks sometimes because you might not be remotely interested in talking to any of the friends of your girlfriend’s crush, love interest, or whatever, but come on, take one for the team. If they hit it off, your wingwoman services will probably not even be needed for a long time, and if they don’t, well, you and your friend can retreat from that crowd soon.

10. “That Time Of The Month” Sympathies.

Whether it’s offering a stranger a tampon or being sensitive to a friend during her time of the month if she needs it, the golden rule shall be exercised to the fullest extent in this area.

To wrap this up, let’s listen to some TLC. TC mark

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