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It's a question that kicks around endlessly without resolution: Can men and women really be just friends? On Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Faith Salie and Mario Correa, hosts of WNYC's RelationShow, about this very topic.
it happens, Faith and Mario are friends, but they put that down in part
to the fact that Faith is straight and Mario is gay – they describe
some research that makes them think perhaps platonic friendship between
straight men women is not, in fact, really possible. Some of the
research indicates that men, in particular, are somewhat likely to both
report some level of attraction to their female friends and to believe
their female friends feel some level of attraction to them.
I will make a confession: I have very little patience for this debate
under normal circumstances, because my male friends include straight
guys, gay guys, married guys, single guys, flirty guys,
not-at-all-flirty guys, and yes, even the odd guy I've dated here and
there. (Exes are a much more controversial question in my experience,
and, I admit, a trickier proposition, but it absolutely happens.) But I
am always willing to listen to research. If it turns out that I am not
actually friends with any of them, that would be sad, because I would
have to return a lot of dudes to the Friends 'R' Us store at once, and
that would be very disruptive socially. On the other hand, they're worth
quite a lot, so I'm sure I'd get good trade-in value.