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Can men be friends with women? We questioned 13 real men and women to get their candid opinion. It's the age-old question that comes up in every rom-com where the guy and girl best friends eventually fall in love: Can men really be just friends with women? What happens when something platonic crosses the line?
It's not just movies, either. IRL the challenges of navigating your own heterosexual relationships might lead you to believe that men and women can't be friends.
Research suggests that when men and women are friends, their relationships face unique challenges that aren't as common in same-sex friends, including potential sexual attraction and the possibility of interfering with outside romantic relationships. That said, with the proper communication and boundariesit certainly seems possible that a woman and man can be friends. Just look at people who are bisexualgay, lesbian, or pansexual — they can make friendships work with people of the gender they're attracted.
Curious about others' experiences? Here, 13 men and women of all ages and backgrounds share their take on whether a man can have a friendship with a woman that doesn't involve sex. Our genetics simply drive our attraction to the opposite sex! The likelihood that at least one party is drawn to the other sexually is very high, regardless of whether or not anything ever comes of it.
This is the reason jealousy and infidelity exists; we are not wired to be a monogamous species. Soroya Bacchus, 51, psychiatrist.
But for me, it is a matter of knowing when not to cross boundaries. With some people, there will always be sexual attraction, but you don't have to always go there with them. You can get a lot out of a friendship when you keep it platonic. They may never share this information with their friend, but there's always that feeling that one of these days we're going to get a little tipsy and make out. They're my friends because they all started out as guys that wanted to date me or sleep with me.
If you have an unattached female and male, I think sexual tension is always there. Typically the reasons they are 'friends' is because one of them doesn't want more. I mean, if you get along enough to hang out, have dinners, talk on the phone, that's a big part of a relationship, right? She has to be sure to keep him at bay. Her inability to create proper distance barriers, limit the time they spend together, and restriction of intimacy can cause the relationship to go too far.
Robinson X, 28, author of How Good is Sex? Being friends in group activities is fine.
I would get worried if your guy was off doing one-on-one stuff with a woman. That's called a date. But, there are some caveats around it. More often than not, either the man or woman at some point in time, wanted 'more'-either to have sex, date or to have a relationship. If they can get past that sticky phase — which most do not — then yes, a warm friendship can result. Also, friendship comes in many different depths so it's important to get clear about what you mean by that word. Women always do the 'match up' first for their criteria and, if not, for one of her BFFs.
It doesn't matter how long the woman knows the man; if he is good looking, smart, charming, resourceful, courageous, adventurous, and gainfully employed, she. It's pretty easy to tell if you feel something other than friendship or vice versa, and in that case, you just move on. When I got married, I had two Men of Honor.
Growing up, my best friend was a guy. It actually feels more comfortable [to me], and I think that's the key. If it's too labored or analyzed, then it'll never work. Because the men have seen how strong and determined the women are and because the women see and feel how hard the men work alongside us, a true appreciation for one another has developed. We hang out together and truly enjoy each other's company without any weirdness!
It is a friendship that is based on respect. I had many guy friends growing up. I got used to seeing men as people, not objects of affection, and it has helped me to garner healthy friendships with men Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.
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Can Men Really Be "Just Friends" with Women?