male and female friendship

For some light reading this weekend, here is a long article on the proposition of Harry in “When Harry Met Sally.” Most of you will recall that Harry was of the opinion that there is no such thing as “just friends between a man and a woman because the sex part always gets in the way.”

This is an entertaining look at the question with citations and everything. Seriously, it is quite good and enlightening. as a bonus, it has a dead on correct quote from Dave Barry.

here is a bit, but you have to go over and read it for the surprise ending.

It is wiser to grant the point. Friendship between men and women will always have to face certain difficulties that will not be present in same-sex friendships. There will almost always be what J. B. Priestley calls “a faint undercurrent of excitement not present when only one sex is involved.”

hat tip to Nathaniel Peters.


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