Can women and men be just friends without intimacy or attraction for each other? And if they are attracted do you feel that the flesh is strong enough to refrain?
I think a few things has to happen to make this possible.
I don't feel you can start off with an attraction and turn it off to "just be friends". Especially if the attraction is mutual. However that doesn't mean you will be intimate with that person, I just personally think it keeps the door open for a lot of possibilities that wouldn't be there if there wasn't any chemistry. I know it is possible, I've lived it. Before and during marriage. I was closer to guys than females and it never went down like that.
If you are in a relationship how would you feel about your partner becoming friends with someone of the opposite sex?
Hubby and I said a long time ago that if this person came before "us" then they should stay around. But to come home with numbers or talking to the opposite sex regularly claiming you are "friends" when you just met might be questionable. Especially if they are single and you aren't interested in your partner joining in on the friendship.
Guys and girls use that term very lightly when it comes to friends. Meeting random people and calling them friends is just an excuse to talk to them and it comes to no surprise if these "friends" hook up.
Do you think the only way for women and men to be platonic friends is if there is no chemistry?
Pleasures of the flesh is deadly. Sex is everywhere. Can you withstand your partner having a "friend"?