Can a man and woman be friend?

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I tried searching, but I didn't find this topic. I'm just curious what you guys think. Can a male and female be friends without one being interested in the other? I see this online all the time, but I don't see it in real life that often.

In addition to that, I have another question. Would you ask the opposite sex to lunch if you have no interest in him/her?
 

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Of course. One of my best friends is female and I am not sexually attracted to her.
 
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And you're certain she's not attracted to you?
 
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That's a tough question. I'd say it depends? Depends on whether how the two of you got to know each other.

I have a male best friend and we grew up together. I am pretty sure that neither of us has feelings for each other. As for the lunch thing, I would lunch a person of the opposite gender to lunch even if I weren't interested in him. Actually, it's the person I am crushing on that I wouldn't be able to invite for lunch. lol.
 
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Men and women can be friends, as long as appropriate boundaries in the friendship are established.
 
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I tried searching, but I didn't find this topic. I'm just curious what you guys think. Can a male and female be friends without one being interested in the other? I see this online all the time, but I don't see it in real life that often.

In addition to that, I have another question. Would you ask the opposite sex to lunch if you have no interest in him/her?
Sure - I have lots of female friends. The interest is friendship and/or collegiality.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collegiality
 
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I also have female friends. I had a friend who I use to go to the movies with, just me and her, purely because we wanted to hang out and see a movie. Nothing more.

Personally, I have a few friends who I think are very pretty and have wonderful characteristics, but I know enough about them to know "not to touch that with a 10 foot poll". I have one friend who I'm surprised her boyfriend hasn't killed her yet. I know I probably would have having to deal with her. If you actually make an effort to get to know women, you'll find some (read: most) are batchit crazy :biggrin:
 
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I'd say "Yes, but." The but being that the relationship will always be an unstable one, either party can accidently or puposely cause a tipping point, then watch out...
 
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@OP. I have had many women friends throughout my life, including a lovely lady that was my best friend in college. Our social backgrounds were diametrically opposed (she was the only daughter of a Harvard prof) as were our academic interests (engineering for me, art-history for her). When you click as friends, GRAB IT! You can have lots of love interests come and go, but a real friend? Rare. Don't confine yourself to your own gender when looking for friends. You're denying yourself access to half of the "friend pool" when doing that.
 
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I'd say "Yes, but." The but being that the relationship will always be an unstable one, either party can accidently or puposely cause a tipping point, then watch out...
That's untrue.

I don't get it, do most guys just blindly see girls as sex objects with absolutely no redeeming "friendly" qualities?

Actually yah I guess so. Then again I think most guys here already have friends who are girls that make up stable friendships. They probably just see them as "one of the guys", almost too literally.
 
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I had female friends in HS that were just friends, and we shared a lot of great times and interests. Having great female friends in HS can yield pretty impressive benefits, since if you are not romantically interested in one another, you can become the object of your friends' tendency to engage in match-making. That works later on in life, too.
 
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That's untrue.

I don't get it, do most guys just blindly see girls as sex objects with absolutely no redeeming "friendly" qualities?

Actually yah I guess so. Then again I think most guys here already have friends who are girls that make up stable friendships. They probably just see them as "one of the guys", almost too literally.
I think this all depends on your definition of a friend. If you have about 0 things in common with someone, would you consider them a friend? And by in common, I mean they don't have the same hobbies, they don't think like you, talk like you, etc. In general, I find that most men don't have close friends with women simply because the women ARENT men. They don't think like men, they don't talk like men, they don't behave like men, ETC.

Opposite of that, I find that men with close female friends actually have something in common with those women. I myself have had the most in depth conversations with several women that I could never have with any of my guy friends. I enjoy talking to them. There isn't an awkward "we don't talk about that" thing with women like there is with most guys. (I said most, not all) But beyond that, I don't know any women that have the same interests that I have. Because of that I don't tend to hang out with any.

I find that it generally comes down to similar interests and understanding between people. Men and Women, in general, have very different ways of thinking and feeling. Because of this you typically see women with more women friends, and men with more men friends.

Also, I do have to say that for me personally, whether it is because I'm a guy or not, I am ALWAYS drawn towards women in a sexual way. Doesn't matter if I'm "supposed" to feel that way or not, (like feelings towards someone elses GF/Wife) it isn't something I can turn off. Control? Definately. But turn off? Not a chance. I'd be willing to bet many guys feel the same way. I can say that its MUCH easier to avoid getting into any questionable situations by simply not hanging out with women.
 
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Believe it or not, it happens quite often. I have friends that are girls, and I'm not attracted to them in that way. They are just fun to hang out with.
 
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All male friends I have ever had, eventually, at some point...lean in!...Nature of the beast I guess!
 
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Yes, but beware impersonators.
 
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It's hilarious at how many posts we've had so far that answer the question

Can a male and female be friends without one being interested in the other?
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Of course. One of my best friends is female and I am not sexually attracted to her.
I have friends that are girls, and I'm not attracted to them in that way.
 
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I have friends that are girls and I'm attracted to everyone of them.
 
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It's hilarious at how many posts we've had so far that answer the question

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I'll add another one. :smile:

My wife's best friend and I are good friends. I can't speak for her, but I'm not sexually attracted to her in any way; she's just a fun person to be around.

However, I have a penis and she has a vagina. It would be foolish to ignore the possibility of things getting sexual, even though it is very unlikely. It's not like we hang out alone while drinking alcohol and eating chocolate covered fruits, but I would never put myself in such a situation; it's foolish and unnecessary.
 
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I have alot of friends that are guys and from my point of view we have a normal person to person relationship. But thats from just my point of view; their thoughts about our friendship is a mystery to me.
 
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I have alot of friends that are guys and from my point of view we have a normal person to person relationship. But thats from just my point of view; their thoughts about our friendship is a mystery to me.
True, and it would be kind of awkward for a female to ask her male friends, "So, are you attracted to me?" Best that the question not be asked. I certainly don't want to know the answer :biggrin:!
 
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totally off topic but multiquotes is totally awesome!! :!!)

When you click as friends, GRAB IT! You can have lots of love interests come and go, but a real friend? Rare. Don't confine yourself to your own gender when looking for friends. You're denying yourself access to half of the "friend pool" when doing that.
Gender doesn't come into mind when I make friends. But it's harder for me to make befriend with a guy. They either have no interest in being my friend or want more than a friendship. Lolz, maybe I'm just not friend materials.

I think this all depends on your definition of a friend. If you have about 0 things in common with someone, would you consider them a friend?

Also, I do have to say that for me personally, whether it is because I'm a guy or not, I am ALWAYS drawn towards women in a sexual way. Doesn't matter if I'm "supposed" to feel that way or not, (like feelings towards someone elses GF/Wife) it isn't something I can turn off. Control? Definately. But turn off? Not a chance. I'd be willing to bet many guys feel the same way. I can say that its MUCH easier to avoid getting into any questionable situations by simply not hanging out with women.
neither my sisters or close friends share the most of the things that interest as me. Yet I still love them! And that's the weird thing. I share more interest with the guys, yet I have no close guy friend.

I have friends that are girls and I'm attracted to everyone of them.
LOL

True, and it would be kind of awkward for a female to ask her male friends, "So, are you attracted to me?" Best that the question not be asked. I certainly don't want to know the answer :biggrin:!
Agree. I would (almost) never ask a guy that. But at the same time, if a guy shows sign of interest and I'm not interest in him, I try to keep a distance cuz I don't want to lead him on.
 
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It's hilarious at how many posts we've had so far that answer the question

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Lolz does that mean women don't feel the same way? They don't think they can be friends with men without being sexually attracted to them?

I wonder if everyone who answer to this has a gf/wife/bf/husband/life partner/whatever else you want to call them
 
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Lolz does that mean women don't feel the same way? They don't think they can be friends with men without being sexually attracted to them?

I wonder if everyone who answer to this has a gf/wife/bf/husband/life partner/whatever else you want to call them
Human relationships are complex. I have a distant cousin that I have known for years longer than I have known my wife. I was romantically attracted to her. There was a not-insignificant age difference when I was in college, so my focus moved to ladies in my university. Years later, she and my wife ended up working in a mill together, and she and her husband and their daughters became fixtures at our house on holidays, special occasions, etc. Now, her girls are grown and gone, but we are all still friends. And that's it. Friends. If I needed her, I'd call her, and she could get my support just as easily in tough times. We have been friends now for over 40 years.

On my 40th birthday, she convinced three of her sisters to gang up and "kidnap" me for a night of bar-hopping. I used to play music at some of those joints, and in the weeks afterward, younger guys would come up to me and ask where I got that posse. The tiniest one was the wife of the chief of police and was the designated driver, and she was getting all kinds of free drinks and foisting them on me. Later, it occurred to me that with such beautiful cousins, they could probably have asked for shots of single-malt scotch when guys wanted to buy them drinks.
 

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