The age old question - can women and men just be friends or will one side try to move the relationship into a more intimate one?
Pretty silly. Imagine I'm friends with, say, a 60 year old woman (i.e. twice my age). Unless that woman is Madonna, it's unlikely sex will be involved. So, the answer is: at least in many circumstances, yes.
Can they be friends without one person trying to have a more intimate relationship?The age old question - can women and men just be friends or will one side try to move the relationship into a more intimate one?
I understand that. I find sometimes that it is easier to talk to a guy because there aren't half as many dramas and mind games usually. Women can be bitchy at times, jealousy or something maybe. Growing up with two older brothers I found I related better with guys as friends, ....until the awkward age started.I'd go insane if I couldn't be just friends with any women. It's a relief to be able to hang out with one without feeling any kind of sexual tension.
In the past I have often had 'friends' who I have later found wanted to be more than friends with me. I lost a fabulous friend this way years ago. I was so gutted because we had the same brand of humour (sarcasm) and we just laughed so much together, but I wasn't attracted to him in the least. After he announced his feelings and i said I didn't see it the same way, he left the friendship.
Sure, I have a very close male friend. We act as if we are brother and sister. Not long ago, his new girlfriend asked, "You two are like brother and sister, right?" I almost fell off my chair. I didn't realize just how close we were until his new girl asked me that question. I responded without hesitation while playfully slapping him on the shoulder, "Yeah, he acts just like a big brother too!" This male friend and I are intimate without any type of sexual inuendo. I know & understand him and vice versa.The age old question - can women and men just be friends or will one side try to move the relationship into a more intimate one?
Several of you mentioned that your guy friends did try to move the friend boundary so maybe the women don't have an issue but this is mainly a guy issue.I can definitely be friends with guys and not have it go much further. Once they are in "friend zone", they pretty much remain there for me. However, some of my guy friends have had a problem staying in their box.