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John Pike PIKE1Mens friendships with men are characterized by doing things for womens friendships talk for the sake of talk is more central than activates Fritz 2 We have always heard that mens friendships are based on activities and that womens friendships are based on talking but what happens when these two stereotypes intertwine in a cross-gendered friendship What happens when a man and a woman are just friends and not lovers What do they do Do they do activities that men would prefer or do they sit down and gossip like the women would love to do We will throw out all the stereotypes about the inter-gender relationships and centralize on the cross-gender relationship To understand the theme of a cross-gender relationship you have to realize the biggest problem of these relationships love Many heterosexual love relationships begin as platonic friendships Stewart 1 Relating to that is Lips saying In fact the pairing of women and men into such intimate relationships is taken so much for granted that people see it difficult to conceive of female-male relationships that do not fit this pattern 324 The key to a healthy relationship whether it be cross-gender or not is communication How the friends communicate to each other how intimate the friends will communicate with each other and what kind of conflicts that the different communications styles will produce are important areas of communication in cross-gender friendshipsHow will the cross-gender friends communicate with each other since each has a very different communication style The communication style refers to the way one verbally and paraverbally interacts to signal how literal meaning should be taken interpreted filtered or understood
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