/ Having Friends of the Opposite Sex
Answers on a postcard.
well i'm clearly a rubbish GF - but i don't think the variety of my friends genders is the cause of this
> well i'm clearly a rubbish GF - but i don't think the variety of my friends genders is the cause of this
I'm sure you're not )))
I think it makes you a more well-rounded person, if that helps?
Not that I can recall...
No or no
Well you've assumed that if it makes you a better husband etc. then it can't cause problems as you used or. I don't believe it's either or.
Yes can be a better husband / wife etc as a result but doesn't mean there won't be problems. It might make you worse, but there may be no problems. Anyway you get the idea.
Ah, you see it t'other way round?
My best friend is of the opposite sex to me, this also helps my wife and friend spend time together without me making her our friend which is very useful to us all.
Interesting question of what does a female best man wear to a wedding?
Have you thought of this from a bisexuals point of view ?
> Answers on a postcard.
It's just weird.
I suppose I could try, but I'm still confused ! I guess I'm beyond the stage where every 'new conquest' was worth risking friendship for, better to give things time and let things remain at 'friendship' level, if that is all that is on offer.
Most of my friends are female - basically I'm not a particularly "blokey" bloke - don't do football/cars/etc, and historically have always got on better with women than men.
I'm getting married in nine months, and will have two best women. To answer a question elsewhere on this thread, we will all be wearing Tuxs. Current thinking is I'll be in a black on white tux, and they will have white on black Tux.
To be honest, I don't think that having friends of the opposite sex is any different to having friends of the same sex. They are friends - hence you interact with them on a level where their gender is irrelevent. Hence I don't think it makes you a better BF/Husband.
As to "does it cause problems", it depends on the other person. As it happens Lady Blue has historically got on with blokes better than women - in fact at the wedding will be having a Bridesman - so is in a similar situation, but in the other direction:-)
It always makes me feel kind of strange when you see these blokes where all their friends are blokes, and the opposite sex is only there as potential relationship material, and obviously the same for women who only have female friends. Presumably their only view of the opposite sex is as sex objects? Presumably if you've got that view of the opposite sex it might cause problems, but as the whole idea is a foreign land to me I don't know.
It probably makes you more rounded as a person, and it can cause problems if the other person 'has issues'.
Lots of straight couples have friends of the opposite sex without it causing problems.
Both ! Much frustration and even being beaten-up !
I once attempted running two simultaneous relationships; never again !
I too have friends of the opposite sex, and many of them I climb with and Little Miss Lemming is fine with that and does not feel threatened that I will have a mid-life crisis and want to bone a 20 year old.
Little Miss Lemming, and all of my friends, both male and female, also know that I appreciate the female form.
I'm not a pervert, and I am not a saint, nor have I cheated but I do like to look at a nice arse. :-)
> I'm not a pervert, and I am not a saint, nor have I cheated but I do like to look at a nice arse. :-)
i concurr. except on the first bit.
Birds you don't fancy. And the odd one or two you would given the chance. Basically the friendships dropped away in later life as I had nothing much in common and I wasn't going to have sex with them. Weird life innit?
Yup, that was my thinking, all depends on whether or not they're fit.
> Most of my friends are female - basically I'm not a particularly "blokey" bloke - don't do football/cars/etc, and historically have always got on better with women than men.
I'm somewhere in the middle, although to be honest if I'm generalising I find friendships with women are bit less superficial.
I tend to disagree that their gender is irrelevant. My friendships with women are different to my friendships with men. Also, and I think this is where I was going with the thread, I think having friends of the opposite sex helps you to understand that sex better, which makes you more considerate and understanding.
I've known blokes who have been genuinely puzzled as to how I could enjoy the company of women, except as a means to shagging them. Can't help thinking that they're missing out.
Agree there, but I've generally though that's because, as you say, they tend to be less superficial.
I think it depends on the people then, as I'm honestly not sure. It may be that my female friends are at the "blokey" end of their gender and prefer friendships with blokes in the same way I prefer friendships with women.
I've often been told by these women that they prefer male company because the friendship is simpler, more straightforward, there's no hidden agenda, and no competition compared to when they are friends with women.
Hence, as individuals offering an understanding of women in general they are not much use! :-) I still find the "honey-I-broke-a-nail" type of female incredibly irritating and have no idea how to relate to them.
> Agree there, but I've generally though that's because, as you say, they tend to be less superficial.
I've genuinely found it depends on the personality of the people, I've friendships with both genders which have endured.
All my mates and all his mates, no matter what their gender, are now both of our mates. Which is very nice for both of us, so it has been of benefit to us both.
If a partner asked me to give up any of my friends, I would see it as a big red flag to give up the partner.
I have shagged many of my friends of the opposite sex
As others have said it entirely depends on the people involved. It might be an unpopular thing to say but IMO many, many blokes, particularly younger ones, use the label of 'friendship' to maintain a relationship with someone with whom they want something more. I have been out with a girl whose male 'friends' were in this category and it was incredibly awkward spending time in their company.
I think there are only problems if one or other of the people involved wants something more, whether that is actively articulated or not.
Not sure about this 'more rounded' argument either. Why would it make you more rounded?
> I have shagged many of my friends of the opposite sex
To the modern young person about town, this is what is referred to as 'friends with benefits'.
Never met one myself though.
I have been in a few situations where I have been genuinely just good friends with a girl and it has caused real problems with the boyfriend, in one case threats. I just put that down to the boyfriend being a dick, something she realised fairly quickly and moved on. I am still good friends with the girl in question and indeed the bloke she is with now.
I assume the more rounded argument comes down to someone being able to have a proper relationship with someone of the opposite sex that they are not related to or want to sleep with. A good life skill.
I am good friends with a number of women, i have shagged all of them at some points during our relationships. My other half has no problem with this.
That said she had a male best friend on the scene when i arrived, he is no longer around as i discovered that during the course of spending time together he had told her how much he liked her and kept talking me down.
We had a long conversation, decided jointly she should ditch him despite valuing his friendship. As a result she was miserable a while till she took up climbing and replaced him with a number of other friends.
Alls been well since.
I've got quite a few female friends and some of Mistress teffers's best mates are blokes. Neither of us have a problem with each others' friends and get on well with the people we've got to know through each other. I think having friends of the opposite gender does make you a more rounded person with regard to relationships. For me there's nothing more dull or superficial than the whole 'men are from mars, women are from venus' attitude. That said, the women I'm friends with tend to be quite down to earth rather than the shopping, nail varnish and soap opera type. At the end of the day my friendships boil down to whether I get on with someone and we have something in common and / or similar ways of looking at life. Whether they're male or female doesn't make any difference.
The interesting question for me is whether having good friends of the opposite sex places a greater emphasis on sex with your partner, in that it becomes one of fewer parts of your relationship that is separate from your interactions with members of the opposite sex through friendships. For instance I have female friends with whom I climb, cycle, ride motorbikes, go out for a drink with and talk about life, work, dreams and aspirations etc with. I do all those things with my partner, but we have a sexual relationship too. The physical side of our relationship (not limited to but including sex) is one of the main things that makes our relationship different to my relationships with friends. In my relationship with my ex wife, once our sex life had gone downhill, we had less in common than we had with our respective friends and it became pointless continuing with the marriage. Had my ex and I not had friends of the opposite gender, possibly that sexless interaction with the opposite gender might have been enough to keep us together. I'm happy that wasn't the case. :0)
'I am good friends with a number of women, i have shagged all of them at some points during our relationships. My other half has no problem with this'
Virtual high five brah!
> The interesting question for me is whether having good friends of the opposite sex places a greater emphasis on sex with your partner, in that it becomes one of fewer parts of your relationship that is separate from your interactions with members of the opposite sex through friendships.
I don't think that the sex is the most defining part of my relationship at all, unless you count all the hugging and kissing! It is the emotional closeness and how well we know one another, and the shared time, choices, responsibilities that make it different from friendships.
I still don't really understand how i've ended up in that situation.
> I don't think that the sex is the most defining part of my relationship at all,
you might not be doing it right :-/
How do you define "doing cars"? You often post about the sporty handling of (iirc) some Volvo you used to have, and how great your Skodas have been in performance terms as well as capacity and economy.
And you do some sort of recreational combat don't you? I'd class that as blokey. Not in a pejorative manner though (nor is "doing cars" necessarily a bad thing). Just curious as to where you are coming from, you seem to be a bit dismissive here.
heh. Never mind what I do. He definitely does it right.
> How do you define "doing cars"? You often post about the sporty handling of (iirc) some Volvo you used to have, and how great your Skodas have been in performance terms as well as capacity and economy.
Hah! I think in the case of many blokes if your contribution to the conversation is how wonderful diesel Volvos and Skodas are then you, by definition, have no interest in cars. :-)
-> rest of post ignored. I get on better with women rather than blokes. Shall we leave it at that? Perhaps its because some blokes always want to pick or start a fight?
> -> rest of post ignored. I get on better with women rather than blokes. Shall we leave it at that? Perhaps its because some blokes always want to pick or start a fight?
Met plenty of women like this. Maybe that's just Glasgow.
How's your brother?
Oh dear oh dear
Neither. It just makes me human. My friends are mostly also human. Looking down my last ten text conversations, 7 are with men, 3 with women, and really it doesn't matter a jot.
> I don't think that the sex is the most defining part of my relationship at all, unless you count all the hugging and kissing! It is the emotional closeness and how well we know one another, and the shared time, choices, responsibilities that make it different from friendships.
I didn't say most defining, I said greater emphasis, that is different. Also, in my next sentence, which you chose not to quote, said that the physical side of a relationship, not limited to, but including sex, was part of what defines a relationship as opposed to a friendship. Guess what, you and Duncs aren't the only couple that enjoy a kiss and cuddle, and get emotionally closer as a result of it. While I don't have sex with my female friends, I don't snog them either!
I saw a quote that I liked:
Men are from earth and women are from earth. Get over it.
> How's your brother?
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