Contemporary Americans mostly have the discipline and control to have platonic relationships with the other sex. Other cultures that place a high value on male sexual aggression or lack of control will rarely conceive that it is possible for a man and a woman to have a platonic relationship. The cultural values of men and women are the critical factors.
I agree that a man and woman can have a totally platonic relationship because a lot of people are married but still have close friends of the opposite sex. People can be friends with one another and not feel any sexual feelings toward them at all. Friends are friends. Lovers are lovers. Sometimes you meet someone and feel you'd like to be with them romantically, but sometimes you just have a love for someone that is on a friendship level only. You can be close to the opposite sex without feeling lust for them.
Men and women, while different, are still human. It is very common for men and women to share common interests, without having any kind of sexual spark, which is necessary for any lasting relationship. They may go shopping together, or have meals together, the same as two women or two men might do, and discuss their relationships with their significant others, if applicable. But they do not have to be in a sexual relationship in order to do this.
For all couples a platonic relationship requires hard work and dedication. Although there are always temptations in a relationship, talking about your temptations and refraining from acting on those temptations can prove to be an obtainable goal. There are examples of platonic relationships all around us, we just don't hear about them as much as the failed relationships.
A man and a woman may have many likes in common, without having any emotional or physical attraction to one another. They can easily have a platonic relationship that revolves around their mutual likes, while not having any romantic feelings for one another. This is especially true when one of them is a homosexual, which takes away any chance of attraction.
If your heart is all in a relationship you will be platonic.
You first have to truly know what live means and feels like to have true love. There are many different types of love but love between a man and a woman has many different feelings on all different levels.
Platonic relations can and do occur between men and women.
It is true that sometimes one's feelings may interfere with maintaining a relationship as purely platonic. There may be in either party a hope for it to be more than platonic and there may also be a little flirting. These things though do not make it impossible to maintain a platonic relationship. I and my friend did it for more than 10 years and we are heterosexuals who are attracted to each other... It was not easy but was do-able.
While it is a possibility, it is not frequently a reality. The longer that man and woman are in a platonic relationship, the higher the risk of the relationship taking a turn away from the platonic. Usually, a successfully platonic relationship is just that because there is a huge barrier keeping it from becoming otherwise. Examples of this would be one of the individuals being of religious authority, homosexual, imprisoned, married, much older/younger, etc.
I believe that in some cases, a man in a woman can have a platonic relationship. If one of them is gay, then obviously it is not a problem. However, I do believe that no man is friends with a woman unless they have some sort of ulterior motive. I do believe that women are friends with men (for the most part) just for the companionship, but it is not the same for men.
Women are very capable of having and maintaining platonic relationships and for that reason alone it is possible. A man may not choose to stay in a friendship like this, but it is possible if he can accept that the woman is never going to sleep with him no matter what. Or if he's gay.
I see no reason why a man and woman cannot have a truly platonic relationship. It certainly exists between family members of opposite sexes. Not all men are attracted to all women, and vice versa, so I do believe it is possible for members of the opposite sex to form truly platonic relationships.
One of my best relationships is with a man who is married. I have been friends with him for years, and though he is attractive, I have no attraction to him and we are strictly friends. I would never do anything to jeopardize his relationship with his wife, and he has never complicated any romantic relationships that I have had. The key is to not get too cozy with each other or get into situations where your values are compromised.
It is certainly possible for a man and a woman to have a platonic relationship. There are innumerable amounts of couples who have couple friends. This would be a foursome of sixsome of people who spend lots of time together because everyone gets along. The men and women in these relationships have platonic relationships with the other men in the group. I myself have several platonic relationships with men. There are also many homosexual men who have platonic relationships with lesbians and with heterosexual women.
My best friend is a male and we have always had a platonic relationship. We have never had any strong feelings for one another and I believe that is the best relationship a girl could have with a boy. He is still my best friend to this day. We have had a strong bond for almost 8 years now.
Anyone who thinks sex has to intrude on a relationship has probably forgotten about the richness and depth that friendships can possess. Since men and women are people first of all, and not only their sexual selves, they can be friends with each other. The same dynamics that make same-sex friendships meaningful in a thousand ways can more or less operate between men and women. Sex frequently intrudes, of course, just as it may in same-sex friendships, and transitioning a relationship to a sexual one may or may not be a good idea for people who are good friends at present. To generalize would be absurd. Everyone's circumstances are different, and any two people's chemistry, whether one is thinking romantically or not, is somewhat different. But there are success stories on either side of this dilemma.
Yes it is possible for a man and woman to be truly in a platonic relationship as life revolves around many other things other than sex. If one wants to be a true friend and has the trust and commitment they can be friends forever even if both of them are married. It is not true that sex is the ultimate goal in everyone's life.
TV shows and movies may try to have us believe that even the most platonic-seeming friendships between a straight man and straight woman progress into sex, but in reality it's not the case. Aside from the scope of human sexuality (a bisexual woman can be just friends with a gay woman, or a straight man), a large majority of people are sexually civilized and can understand the importance and boundaries of their friendships, especially those who are married. Society might sometimes put pressure onto people to enter into a relationship if they get along so well, so it might not be for everyone. But I personally know several men and women who are in committed relationships, but have friends of the opposite sex. Not every friendship has to lead to sex, and smart people are aware of that.
Of course it is possible for a man and women to have a strictly platonic relationship. If it was not possible for a man and women to have a strictly platonic relationship then every single man and women would be having "relations" with each other. I love my husband and have no problem having friendships with other men that I have never been intimate with. There are many of my female friends who are friends with my husband and I can be pretty sure they are not intimate with him either. I guess without being graphic I will just say that not every female in this world is being intimate with their male friends!
I think most relationships are platonic between a male and female on a daily basis. We all have working relationships that require us to work together, without having sexual relations or sexual encounters. If we start breaking those barriers, then we are going to end up with severe problems, and will have to pay severe penalties at the work place, and eventually at home.
Platonic relationships are quite possible between people of the opposite sex. If they enjoy each other's company and friendship, then it can last a lot longer than if they became sexually involved. Platonic relationships can be rewarding and last a lifetime. Some people are not attracted to each other in a sexual sense but share many other things in common.
A man always has raging hormones so even if he doesn't plan it there will be a love relationship later on. A majority of people although they try to be friends the longer they are friends then the more chance for them to become lovers hence force a platonic relationship is not possible.