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so there was a time in my late teens and early twenties where this question or a variant of it would come up in conversation: "is it possible for two people of the opposite sex who are just friends to actually be just friends and not secretly lust after each other?"

and i remember that there were friends of mine at the time both male and female that were pretty convinced that all opposite gender friendships had some sort of sexual undertone and their answer therefore was no. and the idea that two people of opposite gender who were good friends and hung out all of the time necessarily meant that they had some sort of sexual attraction to each other and either they should just hook up or eyebrows should be raised if they had significant others whether local or long distance.

this conversation never comes up these days. instinct tells me it's because i'm in a different generation now, one where most people are married and have kids, but a part of me wonders whether or not the question is still debated in any context. i have the feeling that the answer is "yes" if only because homophobia still exists.

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