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Buddy SystemUnderstanding Male Friendships$
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Geoffrey Greif

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326420.001.0001

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Do Women Influence Men’s Friendships?

Do Women Influence Men’s Friendships?

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(p.111) 5 Do Women Influence Men’s Friendships?
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Buddy System
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Geoffrey L. Greif

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326420.003.0006

This chapter asks men about their view of women's friendships and how that view affected their own. Only a few men saw women's friendships as a role model; some viewed them as too catty and too high maintenance. The chapter also looks at the “when Harry met Sally question”: whether men and women can just be platonic friends. Many men believed this was difficult as sexual tension often arises. Younger and single men are more apt to have friendships with women than older and married men.

Keywords:   Women's friendships, men, role model, platonic friends, sexual tension

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