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For affluent couples, however, the "right thing" would be to pair the husband from one couple with the wife from another in order to enable flirtation and a frisson of erotic excitement. Packard's explanation popped into my Married man looking for a woman friendship more than once as I attended and took part in last month's Bold Boundaries conference in Chicago.

Organized womzn evangelical Christians but featuring speakers and participants from many other backgrounds, Bold Boundaries challenged the assumption that Packard and many others make: Men and women can be friends, every presenter at Espresso mature sexy ladies cafe Dalmeny, Saskatchewan conference argued, and not just with their spouses.

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In a gesture that indicates just how lokking evangelicalism has evolved, almost every presenter acknowledged the heteronormative framing of the whole discussion, with several pointing out that straights had much to learn from gays and lesbians about navigating friendship. The idea that lust makes platonic friendship impossible between straight men and women was, participants insisted, as antiquated as the cars in which Packard's subjects arranged themselves more than half a century ago.

As Michael Kimmel, perhaps America's foremost sociologist of masculinity, pointed out last month, Millennials are far more likely than their older peers to see non-sexual friendship between men and women as normal. Kimmel notes Ladies seeking nsa Hickory Withe inthe year that When Harry Met Sally —with its famous dismissal of the possibility of platonic intimacy between men and women—was released, only about 10 percent of his college students would admit Married man looking for a woman friendship having a Married man looking for a woman friendship friend of the other sex.

Things are different in Kimmel's conclusion jibes with what I saw at the Bold Boundaries conference. Speaker after speaker, ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s, pointed out that even many sexually conservative Christian churches are opening up to the possibility of male-female friendship.

As popular young writer and speaker Jonalyn Fincher put it, "If Jesus pursued and enjoyed female friends, then Christians have theological precedent for pursuing and enjoying cross-sex friendships. On the other hand, most Christians think Jesus wasn't married, and neither as far as we know were the women to whom he was closest. As the speakers at the womna repeatedly lamented, evangelicals are like "everyone else" in their near-monolithic distrust of cross-sex friendships outside of marriage.

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A married man and a single woman or vice-versaor a married woman and a married man other than her husband? The cultural consensus is that Packard got it right: An informal survey of more than a dozen friehdship online advice columns showed almost universal suspicion of the possibility that extramarital cross-sex friendship could be anything other than trouble.

In a piece typical of most on the subject, Sasha Brown-Worsham at the Stir called these friendships a "slippery slope" to an affair: As Bold Boundaries co-organizer Jennifer Ould, a 41 year-old single woman whose best friend of several years is an older married man, put it: Yet even Casual Dating Warr acres Oklahoma 73122 suspicion may be abating.

Perhaps unexpectedly, social media may be playing a key role in helping make extramarital cross-sex friendships less threatening. We're accustomed to warnings about how the internet cor both emotional and physical affairs, but several of the speakers at Bold Boundaries pointed out that the non-corporeal nature of online communication actually made these friendships easier and less sexually charged.

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As a result, people are more able to connect with someone simply as a person rather than as a sexually attractive man or woman. When it comes to navigating cross-sex friendships in marriage, secular folk could learn a thing or two from their evangelical Christian peers.

While the age at first marriage continues to rise among the unchurched, large numbers of Cam chat older women Married man looking for a woman friendship continue to wed in their early twenties. For many, that means forming their first truly adult friendships after marriage, or for single Christians, with opposite-sex friends who are already hitched.

Lived experience contradicts the claim that these friendships are impossible—rather, non-romantic cross-sex friendships after marriage become indispensable, speaker Elizabeth Chapin lookung.

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Married man looking for a woman friendship When I first read Packard's discussion of class and car seating arrangements in college, it didn't occur to me to question Married man looking for a woman friendship conclusion that mixing couples was primarily about maximizing erotic possibility. After Bold Boundaries, however, I'm wondering if he didn't get it wrong.

What if the reason to seat a man from one couple and a woman from another was less about flirtation and more about the simple truth that even the most passionate monogamous relationship can't meet every single one of our emotional needs? Within the safe Meet for a drink and possibly have fun of a car, with one's partner a row away, what better way to remind men and women alike that we ma and deserve affirmation not just that we're sexy, but that we're interesting, valuable people?

Whatever differences there are between the sexes don't just exist and endure to encourage heterosexual desire—perhaps they also exist rfiendship give us the different insights and perspectives we need in order to be fully human.

As Noah Berlatsky pointed out recently, the "tradition of marriage encompasses a good deal more variation" than many of its most conservative defenders like to admit. Same-sex weddings, as the Bold Boundaries conferees made clear, aren't the only controversial innovation to impact an ever-evolving institution.

The next taboo to fall isn't just about who we get to marry, but about whom we stay and grow close to after we're wed. We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters theatlantic.

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Related Story. Hugo Schwyzer teaches history and gender studies at Pasadena City College.

He is co-author of Beauty, Disrupted: A Memoir.