A friend of mine contends that it is best for married persons not to maintain intimate friendships with members of the opposite sex after marriage. Basically, she says that her husband will be the only man in her life, and that she will maintain close friendships with only her girlfriends. I’m wondering how common this sentiment is.
Her argument is that the intimacy of a male-female relationship would interfere the marriage relationship, or perhaps create a temptation, or something. Everyday chit-chat, ‘how’s the weather’ conversations are fine, but nothing too personal, nothing too deep.
My response is that the world can be a lonely enough place, to cut off half the world’s population from the pool of possible friends is definitely a bad idea. Also, I (a male) have many more female friends than male, so the idea is doubly displeasing. I don’t wanna end up talking sports and sci-fi with my four male friends for the rest of my life.
So, is she insane? And is this a widely held belief?