Open Thread: Can You Be Close Friends With Someone You’re Sexually Attracted To?

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Print can-men-women-be-friends-guy-friend-and-girl-friend. What happens when something platonic crosses the line? It's not just movies, either. IRL the challenges of navigating your own heterosexual relationships might lead you to believe that men and women can't be friends. Research suggests that when men and women are friends, their relationships face unique challenges that aren't as common in same-sex friends, including potential sexual attraction and the possibility of interfering with outside romantic relationships. That said, with the proper communication and boundariesit certainly seems possible that a woman and man can be friends. Just look at people who are bisexualgay, lesbian, or pansexual — they can make friendships work with people of the gender they're attracted. Curious about others' experiences?