Can Men and Women Be "Just Friends"?
Men and women can't be friends from the beginning as the reason why a guy, in particular, will undoubtedly be interested in a female isn't platonic. It really is probably to be sexual. In the beginning, two strangers of the contrary sex are always drawn together through basic physical attraction, nothing else. There's always the hope, by a minumum of one party, that the friendship will result in something more intimate, and perhaps permanent. Friendship under that guise cannot ever be platonic. There will be tension as you person tries to help keep your partner as a 'friend' and another tries to go that friendship along to another thing.
The only time real friendship can be done between a guy and a female is once the expectations, on BOTH sides, have already been satisfied, or clearly understood by both parties. They can move ahead to something more platonic without sexual needs interfering. By that point, both parties would either have fallen right out of love, should they were lovers, and today like a different degree of understanding and appreciation, or they might have accepted the final outcome that just a platonic friendship can be done between them.
There certainly are a few exceptions to the but there are really hardly any, because with regards to women and men, sex will be in the equation. That's how two different people get together to replicate our species and which will continually be at the forefront of any meeting: the potential to mate. Obviously, once that's sorted, in a single way or another, another sort of friendship can be done. Each person will appreciate another in a far more general way, feel well informed with the problem and more more comfortable with getting the person as an authentic friend. Only then will real friendship be permitted to develop.