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Gender Issues in Friendship
Gender issues in friendship

It seems that some winters ago, Mark and Bob were sitting around a gas station with not much to do…. If Mark and Bob had been women, they probably would have passed the time in some nonproductive manner, such as nurturing their friendship, exploring their innermost feelings or helping each other gain significant insights into the important relationships in their lives. But, fortunately for humanity, Mark and Bob are not women. Mark and Bob are guys and what they did is invent snowplow hockey.

—Dave Barry (1995, p. C4)1

Until this point, the processes of friendship initiation and achieving closeness have been described as though they were relatively uniform phenomena. Gender differences have been noted in places, but they have ...

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