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Having Guy Best Friends

5 Reasons to Have a Guy Best Friend and 2 Reasons Not To

The hashtag #reason2haveguybestfriend is currently trending on Twitter. And it got us thinking, what are the perks of your bestie being a guy vs. a girl? Here's what we came up with.

Reasons to have a guy best friend:

  • There won't be that underlying competitive streak in the relationship that's sometimes unavoidable with a girlfriend.
  • Guys understand their fellow gender better than we do, so they have a more accurate jerk-dar when it comes to potential love interests.
  • From "Does this haircut look good on me?" to "Am I being too needy?" a guy friend won't sugarcoat the truth, which we need sometimes.
  • Arguments and fights are inevitable in any relationship, but guys tend to put it all out there instead of holding it in and being passive-aggressive.
  • As antifeminist as it might sound, sometimes it's nice to have a guy friend when your car dies, you need to put together an Ikea bookcase, or there's some sort of bug infestation in your apartment.

Why it's not such a great idea:

  • A guy friend can never fully "get" what it's like to be a woman, so there will always be those moments when we need a fellow lady friend who doesn't run away when we are being an emotional, irrational basket case.
  • That inevitable When Harry Met Sally rule: someone in the friendship always falls for the other. We've seen it time and time again; things get complicated the minute one person starts to want more out of the relationship than being "just friends."

Do you think it's better to have your best friend be a guy? Why?

gingirl gingirl 6 years
My guy friends are the same type of "off-limits" as you LIzzie! Or they were my brother's friends to start with, so they knew that I was "off-limits" to them unless they wanted to deal with him. For me, it's just the lack of catty-ness and competition. I have a few close girlfriends but I have been burned more times than I care for with girlfriends as opposed to guy friends. In my situations, my guy friends have been much more loyal
Lizzie-Fuhr Lizzie-Fuhr 6 years
I was just talking about this last night! The closest male friends I've had, who remain platonic, are my exes' close friends or family friends/boys I grew up with. Kind of "off-limits" if you will. Love this post.
maribreyt maribreyt 6 years
I absolutely disagree with the last reason not to have a male best friend. Both of my closest friends are male and I have never fallen for either of them, nor has it ever gotten awkward as a result. This is not to say that I don't love my girlfriends. There are definitely things that I can't talk about with my two guy friends, but girls shouldn't be discouraged from befriending guys just because of the possibility of romantic feelings arising. In any case, gender shouldn't really be an issue when talking about friendships :)
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