Friends with benefits: are casual relationships healthy?
  
Friends with benefits: casual sex and sex friends
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Friends with benefits: casual sex and sex friends


First of all, what are "friends with benefits"?

Catherine Solano:
They're friends who have sex with each other, without any emotional ties. Generally, they tend to be people who are afraid of commitment, of getting hurt and breaking up and who therefore convince themselves that they don't need anyone.

I believe this phenomenon has developed as a result of sexual liberation and the emergence of different methods of contraception which allow people to "consume" sex without making any commitments.

How does this sort of sexual friendship come about?
CS:
People need to have been friends with each other for quite some time, a bit like Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher in the film No Strings Attached, so that they know each other and are able to clearly come to an agreement by saying: "OK, we're going to meet up to sleep together and that's all!"

However, it's not easy to establish this type of arrangement with a girl or guy you've just met in a bar. These types of encounter tend to lead more to one-night stands.


Love & Sex Editor
02/25/2011
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