For a woman, friendship with a man helps her express her independent, more reasoned, and tougher side-the harder edge that's kept under wraps in relationships with women. The downside for her is the relative absence of emotional reciprocity and intensity she normally shares with a female friend.


So, okay, twist our arms for a yes or no answer to this question and the answer will be yes. But we will quickly qualify it: men and women can enjoy friendship together, but not at the same level they do with friends of the same sex. 


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