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  • Can Men and Women Be Just Friends?

    I know that it's an age-old, classic debate for which you can find scores of Youtube videos and articles. But what is your personal opinion on the matter?

    Would you be okay be with your husband/wife having close friends of the opposite gender?


    Are you the kind who believes your spouse's fidelity is best measured by watching them like a hawk.......OR...........are you the kind who believes that it's measured by giving them space/freedom and letting them prove their loyalty through the choices they make?



    Discusss.

  • #2
    Ok to many questions confuse me, that too subah subah. But the answer is Yes to the question in subject. Answer to the second question is Yes as well.
    We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star." -- Stephen Hawking

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    • redvelvet
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      Nahi, nahi. It can never be tooooo much of a subah or tooooo much of a raat to try to revive GS.

    • SID_NY
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      I like the spirit, precisely what we need. But i'm such a late night person. Mornings haunt me. But its ok now, just got some caffeine

  • #3
    1- They can be friend.
    2- Giving them space.

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    • #4
      Yes, it's possible but difficult, somebody ends up catching feelings. I have a few female friends, I only liked one of them that way while a couple liked me and I had no idea. So it is possible but it's hard to tell if both sides feel the same way, there will always be some sexual tension. Even if you're just friends with the opposite gender, other people especially other brown people will keep asking you if y'all like each other that way or will spread rumors that yall are dating. I know cause it's very common in the brown community.

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      • #5
        Yes, they can always be friends. Mature people usually find it easier to remain friends as they're not swept away by infatuations and teen impulses.

        1. Yes I would be okay with it. Not just saying it for the fear of coming across as shallow minded. My rule is: Invite that "friend" to a dinner or take me with you for dinner at her place. The friend and I deserve to be introduced to one another. Same deal for me in case of my male friends.

        2. Have all the space you need. As long as your actions/behavior are in alignment with your character i.e not suspicious. If something is bothering me, I'll confront him first. If he denies it, I give him benefit of the doubt. Same concern the 2nd time around, I will do my research before I confront him over the same thing. By research I mean a bit of spying. You knew I'm cynical and you married me. Case suspended.

        I guess many retreat to hovering over their spouse's personal bubble and privacy AFTER having given too much freedom that resulted in misuse. In other words, most important things in life are earned, such as respect, love and freedom.
        "Brevity is the soul of wit." Hamlet, William Shakespeare.

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        • SID_NY
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          wait, how can freedom be "earned"?

        • Cashmere
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          It's very subtle. When you prove yourself capable of being mature and responsible enough to respect your family values and boundaries. Freedom is earned from a very early stage in our lives. Such as when a curfew gets extended. Permission to stay at friends' house. Or we are given the green light to make our college decisions in high school. All this is earned BECAUSE we've proven ourselves. Inversely, It may be taken away once abused.
          In this case, your freedom is indirectly taken away by a spouse when you keep having to explain yourself, justify or falsify your actions (which is a lack of freedom all in itself). Of course, this won't last long as it leads to dead end - divorce.

        • redvelvet
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          I think that in the context of a relationship between two adults, it is not freedom...but trust...that is earned.

      • #6
        No it is not possible. I will go crazy for her.

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        • Cashmere
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          First and Only guy to admit this. That too, under a multi. :heart-break: :<\3:

        • booompatakha
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          third string If the only female friend I have is fat and ugly then I have no choice. Majboori se I will have to fall in love with her

        • redvelvet
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          But you're an insaan whose heart cannot be coerced into loving another. That type of majboori is only seen with .....robots.

      • #7
        You know I did think it was possible but now I am not so sure. I met a guy in university and we just clicked due to some odd reason. His family is racist and he himself makes racist jokes at times but we get along quite well. From the beginning, I knew he only liked white girls and he knew exactly what kind of men I found attractive plus we both care about our respected religion so that added another layer. I was pretty happy because I could talk to him about anything and not care about him taking it the wrong way.

        Then he recently made a comment that I was not expecting at all. We just brushed it under the table but ever since then our friendship is not the same. We don't really talk anymore.

        So for a guy who is only attracted to white girls, to start liking a brown girl after being friends for a little while, despite him saying how that would never happen, that casts doubts. I still think it is possible if the interaction is limited and not an everyday thing.
        Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

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        • booompatakha
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          That's no surprise. You sure are pretty naive.

        • aqua70
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          What am I missing here booompatakha?

      • #8
        I believe that it's tricky for men and women to solely friends. Sure, there are exceptions. However, the 'potential' for developing feelings is always there and it can rear its head at **any** time whether it's mutual or one-sided, whether immediate or many moons later.

        I feel that you won't know if you have someone that's worth holding onto until you let them go and prove their devotion to you (or otherwise). I believe that exceptions do exist where a more 'truer' form of of love can be found between two people. But I don't attach myself to that view so strongly anymore. Love seems to be overrated (and a joke) in our times. I have often felt that it's wiser to keep your heart as detached as possible (yes, even in a marriage), to keep your expectations as low as possible, to never make any person (or any worldly thing) the main focus of your existence and one would weather life's storms better that way. It would be quite a feat to develop and maintain such an internal state. Easier said than done.

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        • #9
          It is possible.....not easily posssible......but the all the potential for drama makes normal folks stay away from it.
          Marr te gaye aaN ........per Chassss aaa gai A

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          • #10
            Well actually a lots of them kinda friendships been making the News Lately!


            We don't see things as they are; we see things as we are!

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            • #11
              Safy and Julia are friends but I think she really likes him, she invites him for picnics, movies, walks. When I told Safy that, he thought I was full of it and then he took her to Nicole's fire and Nicole and all her friends told him that she is looking for more than friendship. He says she has a boyfriend but she has a history of cheating on boyfriends. Safy says that he does not want to ruin their friendship. He is friends with Nicole also and I wish he marries someone like her, she is co coach at the Kayak club and wants to be a physiotherapist.

              My best friend for last 20 yrs has been a female and my wife never objected.

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              • #12
                In broad general sense, men and women cannot be friends. However they can team up together for common goals. When I plan picnics/outings with friends, I plan with my guy friends as well as with some women who I know are quite active and drama-free. It?s brief, to the point and out in the open communication.

                Unfortunately, there are jealous people who see even that kind of interaction sufficient to spread rumors. Several years ago I had a couple of female coworkers and we would help each other out in projects but never communicated outside of work hours. We were so efficient together that our boss started assigning tasks to us as a group. But some senior guys got triggered by this and started spreading fake news of all sorts.

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                • #13
                  Originally posted by redvelvet View Post
                  I know that it's an age-old, classic debate for which you can find scores of Youtube videos and articles. But what is your personal opinion on the matter?

                  Would you be okay be with your husband/wife having close friends of the opposite gender?


                  Are you the kind who believes your spouse's fidelity is best measured by watching them like a hawk.......OR...........are you the kind who believes that it's measured by giving them space/freedom and letting them prove their loyalty through the choices they make?



                  Discusss.
                  Yes they can be friends. I have my own example, have male friends since my teens and we are still friends.
                  I believe in giving space to your spouse.

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                  • #14
                    Times are changing redvelvet. With all that gender confusion and choices, can two women and two men stay JUST friends is a better question?

                    People from the current generation are more attracted to their own reflection. So friendship is something they dont think of very often. The filters dont let them.
                    Vekh hun.

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                    • redvelvet
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                      I love that you're back, Rolla. We had some fun times on here.

                      You are right about all of that, Rolly. Especially the second bit. People are becoming more in love with their selfies and that brings with it a host of problems, lol.

                  • #15
                    Na


                    Desi are usually possessive

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