Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

The Spice Girls: "Wannabe"

I know this is often held up as one of the worst bubble-gum pop songs of all time, and also quite frequently as an example of packaged "girl power," but I have to admit, I have always loved the idea that a condition of a relationship is that your potential partner gets along with your friends.

That's not to suggest, of course, that totally understandable personality clashes between people who both love you doesn't happen, or that sometimes a partner's dislike of a friend is the first indication that maybe that friend isn't so terrific after all. But, you know, generally, if you have good friends with whom you have healthy and equitable relationships, and a potential/new partner somehow doesn't like any of them? RED FLAG.

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