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Men and women can be friends

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It's that age-old question: What happens when platonic turns to perverse? We questioned 13 men and women of all ages and backgrounds to get their take on whether guys can really have a relationship with a girl, that doesn't involve sex.

Soroya Bacchus, 51, Psychiatrist William Moore, 26 "With my line of work, I come into contact with beautiful women all the time. But for me, it is a matter of knowing when not to Men and women can be friends boundaries. With some people, there will always be sexual attraction, but you don't have to always go there with them. You can get a lot out of a friendship when you keep it platonic. They may never share this information with their friend, but there is always that feeling that one of these days we're going to get a little tipsy and make-out.

They are my friends because they all started out as guys that wanted to date me or sleep with me. If you have an unattached female and male, I think sexual tension is always there.

Typically the reasons they are "friends" is because one of them doesn't want more.

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I mean, if you get along enough Men and women can be friends hang out, have dinners, talk on the phone, that's a big part of a relationship, right? Robinson X, 28 "Men and women can only be friends when the woman dictates the friendship.

She has to be sure to keep him at bay. Her inability to create proper distance barriers, limit the time they spend together, and restriction of intimacy can cause the relationship to go too far. Lindsley Lowell, 42 "Men and women cannot be friends with someone they are attracted to, and unfortunately, most men are attracted to almost every woman so the idea that they can be friends without thoughts of sex is ridiculous.

Being friends in group activities is fine.

A study has shown that...

I would get worried if your guy was off doing one-on-one stuff with a woman. That's called a date. But, there are some caveats around it. More often than not, either the man or woman at some point in time, wanted "more"—either to have sex, date, or to have a relationship.

If they can get passed that sticky phase—which most do not—then yes, a warm friendship can result.