The bond between female friends can be a powerful one. But that doesn't mean the bond between women and men can't be just as strong. No, we're not talking about the romantic kind. We're talking friendship -- pure, unadulterated, platonic friendship.
Whether women and men can be "just friends" is a topic that's been debated ad nauseam. Pop culture has confused us even more, with countless films and shows -- everything from "When Harry Met Sally" to "Friends" -- depicting longtime buddies eventually falling into bed together.
We set out to prove that mutually platonic relationships really are possible between men and women. With some help from our editor-at-large, Rita Wilson, we called on our readers to share their stories of long-time friendship with members of the opposite sex. Here are just some of the dozens of submissions we received from pairs who demonstrate once and for all that women and men really can be just best friends.
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