M6D2: Gender Differences in Friendship

Most women experience their closest friendships with those of the same sex. Men have suffered more of a stigma in terms of sharing deep bonds with other men. Open affection and connection is not actively encouraged among men. Recent changes in society might impact this, especially with the advent of the meterosexual male. “The meterosexual male is less interested in blood lines, traditions, family, class, gender, than in choosing who they want to be and who they want to be with” (Vernon, 2010, p. 204).Please answer each of the following, drawing upon your reading materials (Vernon, M.(2010). The Meaning of Friendship. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan) and your personal insight:- To what extent do you think women still have a better opportunity to forge deeper friendships than men? What needs to change to level the friendship playing field for men, if anything?- How is the role of the meterosexual man helping to forge a new pathway for male friendships?