Volume 2, Number 11 - February 23, 2012

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Brittany Esquijarosa
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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

By Brittany Esquijarosa

After doing extensive research and judging from unfortunate personal experiences, I’ve come to the conclusion that the majority of heterosexual men, after the age of 13, simply cannot have a platonic relationship with a woman.

Reasons aside from having to become their personal shopping buddy, offering daily advice on love, or discussing pressing issues such as Grammy nominations or the latest soap opera episodes; testosterone is the root cause of the collapse of platonic friendships.

It seems as though friendships between men and women have an expiration date that arrives fairly quickly. That moment she steps out of her house in a revealing top, showing signs of a womanly silhouette that he never knew existed, is when those sexual feelings suddenly arise.

The aforementioned example is a generic one, but many women besides me have experienced it. And whether it panned out somewhat differently, it played out along those lines.

It is at that very moment that your best guy friend morphs from BFFL to an affable rogue, when an excess of charming gestures or flirtatious hints marks the ending of a friendship that will never be the same—at least for the guy.

I don’t want to stereotype men into a category where the mere sight of cleavage ignites their sexual hormones into an irresistible frenzy, but for some guys out there, it’s an innate and irreversible characteristic for which they have no need to be apologetic, but it can and does become a hindrance in some cases, such as this one.

Some women can come to terms with their male pals and learn to ignore it, but regardless, the a platonic friendship with him is no longer possible, whether they choose to accept it or not.

In summary, although women are known to be the ones who swoon over men, this isn’t that kind of situation. It’s about how women, more often that not, are able to control their sexual attraction to men, and don’t feel the need to consummate their relationship at the realization that their friend is physically male.

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