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The idea of a man and a woman being just friends still raises eyebrows. Our discomfort around people of the opposite gender shows that we are not as broad-minded as we like to believe. Indeed, most of us still live in a world of preconceived notions and stereotypes.

Whether in books, movies, TV shows, or real life, we rush to label relationships between men and women as romantic. It’s high time we challenged the assumption that a man and woman can be together only if they are a couple.

Friendship goes beyond gender boundaries. It is based on shared interests. We need to be sure of how we define friendship. Friendship is a mutually beneficial connection between like-minded people. In this case, men and women, too, can share deep, platonic connections based on shared experiences and opinions.

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