The Widespread Suspicion of Opposite-Sex Friendships

Ashley Fetters, writing in The Atlantic, talks about if it’s possible for men and women to be friends.

In 1989, When Harry Met Sally posed a question that other pop-cultural entities have been trying to answer ever since: Can straight men and women really be close friends without their partnership turning into something else? (According to The Office, no. According to Lost in Translation, yes. According to Friends … well, sometimes no and sometimes yes.) Screenwriters have been preoccupied with this question for a long time, and according to a new study published in the Journal of Relationships Research, the question is also likely to be on the minds of people whose romantic partners have best friends of the opposite sex.

Personally, I subscribe to the Friends answer. Three of my best friends in the world are girls. My wife, has no fear that I have romantic feelings for any of them.

August 21, 2019