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Can men and women be just good friends? | Brigid Delaney

Male-female friendship may be a relatively new development but without it, there can be no true understanding between the sexes
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Thoughts on seeing this New York Times headline earlier this week: “It’s not just Mike Pence. Americans are Wary of Being Alone with the Opposite Sex.”

“Really?”

“How weird?”

“I thought that was just Mike Pence being odd … ”

“Who are these people?”

The article examined the results of a poll of Americans that showed: “Around a quarter think private work meetings with colleagues of the opposite sex are inappropriate. Nearly two-thirds say people should take extra caution around members of the opposite sex at work. A majority of women, and nearly half of men, say it’s unacceptable to have dinner or drinks alone with someone of the opposite sex other than their spouse.”

So that means half of those surveyed don’t have close friendships with people of the opposite sex. Am I alone in thinking this is weird? Just what century

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