I thought that daytime NPR call-in shows could be awfully banal, but the BBC show I heard on the way home today had them beat. The hot topic of the hour was “can men and women really be friends (or does the inevitable sexual tension make it impossible)”, and they had people calling from all over the world, as well as various “experts” commenting.
From my point of view it’s an absurd question to even ask, like “can jelly and peanut butter really be combined in a sandwich”. If I didn’t have female friends I’d have had precious few friends in my life. And just about everyone I know has a number of healthy platonic friendships with the opposite sex. I mean, why would it even occur to anyone to ask such a question, at least in the West? Do male/female relationships tend to be more strained in the UK? Or is my vision just skewed by my circle of friends?
I’ll say one thing for BBC call-in radio though: the sexy-Irish-accent factor is much higher than in our local product 😀