Why do you think so many people find the idea of platonic mixed gender relationships so difficult to understand?
I'm asking this not because I really need an answer, but because I need to put it out of my mind for a bit. (Been buzzing in my head all morning)
Many people seem to... just not get the concept of a mixed gender platonic friendships. They tend to treat them as a time bomb that will either lead to heartbreak or romance. I figure it has something to do with the formation of their views on gender (Maybe. I'm not psychologist. Or sociologist. Or ologist of any sort.) So I decided to examine my own development.
I have a timeline of my development as I can remember it written up. To save character space, I will simply condense it to my major point.
In childhood, I progressed from thinking girls where yucky, to seeing them as worthy opponents, to seeing certain girls as true friends.
My preteens where spent coming to terms with sexual attraction, the difference between attraction and love, and the difference between love of a friend (of either gender) and love of a Girl Friend. I think this is probably where most people start to develop their major opinions and prejudices when it comes to gender and relationships.