Can they? Can men and women really just be friends? My answer is no, I really don’t think so. I do not think they can be friends without one of them, or quite often both parties, developing a romantic intention or interest at some point.
An eventual romance?
A man and a woman meeting alone frequently on a friendly basis for lunches, dinners, walks, and/or leisure activities will, in my opinion, develop romantic feelings for each other eventually. Sometimes this happens quickly, usually in one party first, then often the other starts to develop the same interest—I believe it’s inevitable. Even if it starts off as a business relationship, and the meetings/encounters are usually just the two of them with no one else involved—this creates fertile ground for feelings to develop.
I’ve had this discussion with quite a few people in the past, and…