Having Opposite Sex Friends – Michael and Wanda

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5 responses to “Having Opposite Sex Friends – Michael and Wanda

  1. My hubby has a lot of female friends. Each time I ask about them he doesn’t talk about it and he would tell me I cannot stop him from talking to his friends.

  2. This is an interesting one for me. I know for a fact I lost a lot of female friends when I got married. My wife puts that down to, “It’s because they “wanted” you in the first place”. I hold a different opinion. I think they genuinely were my friends… not interested in anything beyond that. I believe most could not possibly understand how they could fit into my new found situation, hence it made sense to “scale down” the friendship. Some just thought it would be the right thing to do, to respect my wife, they thought.

    I didn’t force anybody to hang around. Having said that, I kept one (or maybe she kept me). She wasn’t sure of what was going to happen at first, because she was sensitive to what my wife would think but I quickly sorted that out. My wife knew she existed and she had a chance to meet her a couple of times, including at our wedding). Prior to my getting married, I had known her for nearly ten years, had worked with her for 3 of those ten years, buried each others parents, kept each other going in difficult times, hung out together… movies, visited each others families (her Mum considered me a son).

    Even up today, she calls, despite the fact we live 4 hours flight away-apart). The point I want to make is on the point that, if you have a female friend, you can’t talk on the phone or have lunch. It’s a delicate balance, but I beg to differ. Me and my friend live in different countries now, but we talk once in a while via phone. We text more often. On the rare occasion I fly back home, I see her. We do lunch or what ever. My wife knows about all these movements. I have never been one to “password” phones so I am sure if she wanted to look into the conversation I have with her, she would see nothing amiss.

    It’s just that, when I got married, I didn’t see the need to “throw away” 10 years of friendship because I had gotten married. She is not married yet but I hope who ever she marries will get that too. Obviously if who ever she marries is not comfortable with my being there, I would be forced to back off, but I would consider that unfair. Our relationship has always been platonic.

    Having said all that, I do share some of the complications that may arise from male female friendship and I am of the belief that when a so called friendship, is headed for trouble, those involved can tell. The signs are always there. The key is to kill it before the both of you get too comfortable. If the two of you happen to work together, avoid being just the two of you. Use boardrooms for meetings, restaurants etc. The more public the place the better. I personally have found the more you talk about your wife in such a context, the more it kills what ever funny “vibe” might be there.

  3. My other half has female friends just like I have male friends & they know all about me & him. There was an issue where a co-worker of his called on a Sunday night, then at another inappropriate time for no apparent reason; it was not work-related because I heard her on the other end say “HEY, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” that came to a halt.

    There are no secrets between us & if anyone tries to disrespect my relationship when they’re just a friend, I have to let them know their role & it’s nothing to remove them from my life. My man comes before any male friend regardless of how long I have known them because just like females, there are just as many male-haters out there. I have also came across females who I befriended that he knew then when they say me & him together they tried to start problems with him, saying I said things that were nothing but lies; I ignored 1 of them & she stopped speaking to me as well and blocked me on facebook (lol).

    My man has a good female friend that is like family & I have no problem with her & she has never given me any reason to think she would disrespect me. There are some males/females you can’t maintain any association with like exes because some will overstep their boundaries. So I’m ok with having friends of the opposite sex as long as they are respectable.

  4. I’m old school. We need to go back to the beginning. Back in the days of Jesus men and women knew their place, apart from holding women down per say. First I want to say that men and women cannot be best friends. When you become married your wife or husband is your best friend. That’s why there are so many divorces. People should know the enemy can work thru women and men.

    You’re a man; have male friends. Now if that is so hard there is a problem if women have to have male friends. To be honest, there’s something in her husband she doesn’t trust. Like a man will smell a woman’s perfume or compliment her or the other way around. But your husband or wife didn’t say that or it didn’t have the same affect on you as them saying it. A husband and wife need to have rules for this and they need to stay strong because you’re in a covenant and the devil is prowling just waiting for problems to occur so you can run to your friend and he or she will understand. It’s not good. Have couple friends that know their place and single friends of the same sex. Older women teach the younger women and older men teach the younger men. Opposite sexes attract, no matter what.

    1. My husband has a female friend that he refuses to give up. At first there were some things that I saw in her that made me feel uncomfortable about their relationship but when we were having marital issues he told me that she gave him positive advice, which made me let my guard down. But recently they have been spending a lot of time with each other on the phone and last weekend when I was away for the weekend they spent close to 8 hours together hanging out, shopping, dinner. My husband says that it is completely normal and I am making a big deal out of nothing? Please help.