April Bleske-Rechek and others have studied whether it is possible to have a cross-sex friendship without involving attraction and lust for sex.
Having a friendship with a person of the other sex is probably a very new thing in human history. Men and women have historically only engaged in contact for mating and raising offspring purposes. The authors quote the many studies which supports than men historically have wanted many sex partners in order to maximize offspring and women on the other hand wanted fewer more stable partners because they invest much more effort and time in the offspring and because offspring survival to a very high degree depended on stable access to resources. These historical facts still influence our behavior today. Researchers find that men are still much more attracted than women to short term relationships, one-night-stand’s etc. Men opposed to women experience lower levels of attraction…
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