May 16 • 34M

Episode 45: Can Women and Men just be Friends?

The age-old question of whether intimacy gets in the way, or is an important part of friendship

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Suzanne Noble
Peter Marriott
Sharing our experience of sex post 60. Suzanne Noble and Peter Marriott discuss their own experiences with sex and - as older people themselves - bring years of experience to reflect on it in a witty, open and enthusiastic way. The series is dedicated to helping older people find their way to a healthy and enjoyable sex life. Whether you are just starting out with a new partner or carrying on with an old one, we hope there will be something new here for you.
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In which we discuss friendship, intimacy and libido, and try to approach that age-old, Harry met Sally question of whether men and women can be just friends, or whether there is always just a little part of usually the man that is always there hanging around in the background, waiting for an opportunity to take things further.

It is important not to extrapolate from one’s own predilections and to assume that all men or all women are something or other based on a sample size of one. However, Peter maintains that for him – and he suspects for many other men – an important part of any close relationship is an intimate frisson. We didn't discuss whether this also exists in close non-sexual relationships between straight friends, but it is certainly something worth looking at closely and honestly – or ignoring completely.

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