I’ve written in the past about not having any male friends. Well that statement is not entirely true. I have male friends. I just don’t have any male friends that I haven’t kissed!!! There has been at some point in our friendship, a blurring of the lines so to speak. I attribute this inability to maintain clear lines to an all female education. I could attribute it to the fact that I’m irresistible but I gave up delusions of grandeur for Lent and never went back.
I remember a married man making contact with me a couple of years ago through Facebook. Not a friend so to speak but someone I had chatted to many times. When I saw the name pop up my mind flooded with motives. Not many of them had innocent intent. Turns out he liked my writing and hoped to write himself so just wanted a meeting of minds so to speak.
I was saddened by my jump to a sexual conclusion.
I felt that I had taken his character almost. I apologised to him in my head and vowed to be less suspicious. It did uncover an infinite number of questions about friendships between women and men. Can a man and a woman ever be ‘just friends’? Related to my own situation, can a single woman be friends with a man who is in a relationship?
My opinion is that yes there can be friendships between members of the opposite sex. This comes with a big but. My theory is that at some stage of the relationship one or both will wonder……… what it would be like? This is not to say that they would ever act on it but I do think the thoughts are there. It might be a fleeting thought or a lingering one.
It will pop in inevitably.
I am an extremely flirty person. I can even be flirty with women. This is less of a problem when you are in a relationship yourself because you are perceived as less of a threat. When you are single, and I have been single for a long time, I find myself dialling down the flirt for the simple reason that I would hate to think that anyone thought that there was intent behind it.
So the question remains. Can a single person have a friendship with a person in a relationship? I think like everything in life it’s not cut and dry. There can be a friendship but it’s not going to be without its difficulties. People will talk, that’s what they do. Rumours can often be fruitless but that doesn’t mean that feelings won’t get hurt. The people in the relationship need to be secure. Very secure. When I say secure I mean locked down Fort Knox style. This is especially in the case of a new friendship.
I probably over think things but that’s my nature. As I get older I love the perspective that a man brings to the table and I would very much like to develop more male friendships. This would only be in a situation where I was certain that I wasn’t causing any grief for anyone. Although I love the company of a man I will always be a woman’s woman. I know one thing is for certain. I bet there’s a few women reading this now thinking…..
I wonder what it would be like?