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Post Reply Can men and women be "just friends"?
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Posted 12/29/13 , edited 12/29/13
Women and men can be just friends.
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It doesn't work well in my opinion. One party or the other wants to get it on and the whole thing goes to hell. Been there, done that.
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Well, I'm not usually attracted to men, so I'm going to say yes on this one. And, to clarify, I'm friends with plenty of other girls and it's been platonic. It's weird how we can get attached and it goes beyond platonic, though. I've know my girlfriend for five years and I didn't even think about her in *that* way until a year or so ago. And then I've been very good friends with two girls for close to ten years and I've never once thought about them in that way.

I guess it just depends.
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Posted 12/30/13
Biz Markie seems to think not...
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It depends.

If you are in a committed relationship with someone you truly love and care about then it doesn't matter whether or not your friends are of the opposite sex, even if you think they are a good person and/or attractive to you. You are allowed to think other people are attractive, it's highly likely that both you and your partner have walked past someone in public and thought of them as extremely attractive - that's human nature. However, neither of you are going to go up to that person and try to bone them because yes you may look at that attractive individual and think damn, I wouldn't mind getting in bed with him/her, but then you look at your significant other and think "she/he's mine, she/he is beautiful/gorgeous and I love them".

Both you and your partner should be able to be friends with the opposite sex without your significant other being overly wary or jealous to the point it leads to full blown arguments or silent raging (this can be a sign of an unhealthy relationship or lack of communication or differences between morals and behavioural conduct between you two, however if there are reasons to be overly vary than given the circumstance that behaviour may be justified). If you are incapable of having a girlfriend and a female close friend/best friend at the same time because you find yourself attracted to the close friend to the point you would emotionally/physically cheat or consider the thought then you should not be with your partner in the first place and should rather be pursuing your friend.
Posted 12/30/13
It always amuses me when people claim that they can override their instincts. In reality, they are simply increasing their stock of potential breeding partners. But hey, let them delude themselves, if that makes them happy.
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A man and a woman can be friends..
If they find each other unattractive.
The moment that shifts, however, the friendship is doomed.
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