A lesson from the Outlaws:
Anyone who thinks that friendship and love are two different things, is a fool. They are two avenues to the same destination.
Friendship and sexual attraction however, are infact two seperate things entirely. I often have trouble resisting my female friends' looks. But that's a test of friendship innit?
Whether you can withstand the one-sided or mutual attraction. Or if you can do the deed and stay friends without mixing stuff up.... How did Jeff from Community put it?... "Compartmentalized our libidos."
Christo is wrong. I know Gibson knows this, but various commenters seem to think he has at least a glimmer of truth.
Thing is, if it is impossible for single people with compatible sexualities to be friends then bi people have no friends. And as a bi person with friends I object to this. Some friends (both male and female) I have totally platonic relationships with. Other friends (both male and female) I fancy the pants off.
Having said all that, Rick is being bit unfair here. If you're chatting up a girl you can at least be passingly polite to her bf. :p
I have plenty of female friends, and I am certainly attracted to many of them but I lack any further interest. When someone is a friend, they happily include other friends. This guy blatantly ignores everyone but Lauren... My god she is so blind >.<
This is an argument that's always frustrated me, since I had several guy friends in the military who were more like brothers than friends. I'm still close with them, even now that I'm a civvie. People were always assuming I was dating or banging at least one of them, no matter what we said, and it was frustrating.
While it may be true that two single people with compatible sexualities and things in common might experience some attraction to each other, it would be unfair and irresponsible to assume that one (if attraction is one-sided) or both (if it's mutual) parties would automatically act upon it.
You need to look at the bigger picture here. I'm single and have female friends whose friendship I cherish, and while they may be physically and/or mentally attractive to me, I wouldn't think to pursue any relationship beyond the platonic with them. As Amiko_16 said, sometimes you can feel a certain fraternal kinship with people of the opposite sex, which can be just as rewarding as a bf/gf relationship.
All that being said, it surprises me how Lauren fails to notice how Rick responds to Christo and especially Sam, her own bf. Seems to me that she's so hellbent on proving to them that guys and girls can just be friends no matter what that she can't see what Rick is trying to pull or, at the very least, that he's not being very cool and open with her people. Unfortunately, Christo's initial reaction to all this probably served to sour her note and set the tone to her behaviour.
I just wanna jump in the screen and bitch slap Christo. Really, really bad. I love him, but man! He's just making shit worse by trying to put people in their place. He's like a funny, less mean spirited Patrick in a way.
Well, I was going to post an outraged response to Christo's comments, but I had to stop myself when I realized that I can't exactly argue from personal experience here. I'm ace, and crap like this tends to make me want to put a little distance between myself and the gender binary as well.
I've had exactly one male friend in my entire life who was neither gay nor wanted to sleep with me. And while in some ways that makes things easier because you always know where you stand, it also results in lost friendships when someone can't take a hint.
I think it takes a certain level of maturity to be just friends with someone that could otherwise have a potential romance with. I also believe that it really helps to already be in a good relationship.
I'm happily married and have a number of female friends today that are actually just friends, nothing more.
But it was just a few years back that I was single. I have to be honest, I have actually acted the way Rick is in the strip, and for me there was a wish that the friendship would become something more.
I'm going with Christo on this one. As he has a similar attitude, he's very qualified to point out the truth. The horn-dog knows what the other one is going to try. Also, of course you can be platonic friends, but Christo rightly points out that if you really think about it HONESTLY, one of the people in a platonic friendship is into the other in a more-than-friends way.
@amiko_16: I feel you. I'm learning that real quick here in the Air Force! Then again, it's a little different in the military; these are not only people we see almost every day, these are people we got to work with, live with, fight alongside with, and, sometimes in unfortunate situations, die with (fortunately the number of people that that last one happens to is fairly low). It may sound like horseshit to some civilians who've never went through that kind of living environment, but like you and me, you'd really have to live it to understand it. Those aren't just friends you're talking to, those are the people you're counting on to have your back in a hostile environment. You have to be able to trust them, just as they trust you to have theirs.