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Male-Female Friendships in Turkey
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80.       libralady
5152 posts
 06 Dec 2006 Wed 10:35 pm

Please tell me, what the hell is a Turkish m/f and f/ms? And I am trying to learn Turkish? I dont even understand my "own" language sometimes.................

81.       smile:)
429 posts
 06 Dec 2006 Wed 10:41 pm

Male/Female and Female/Male..........just like bf = boyfriend and gf = girlfriend

82.       karekin04
565 posts
 07 Dec 2006 Thu 12:08 am

Its kindoff to late to get back to the main point here, but I would like to add my opinion if I may? I have to agree with Keith that there generally is some hidden agenda involved in male/ female friendships, if no advances have ever been made by either party its usually because they don't have that kind of attraction for you or vice versa.... hence that is why you are "just friends", and as far as the point KIA was trying to make yes you can be close with men and not be b/f g/f but if you are "cuddling" with your male friends trust me either you or him are feeling a bit closer then just friends in less of course you cuddle with your female frinds in the same fashion, in that case hmmmm.... not sure what to say. If you want to keep this a topic on turkish people I would say no, there is not to many male female "close" relationships among adults. Im sure they have friends but not like the kind you hang out with daily i.e. go shopping together, have dinner, have drinks.

83.       christine_usa
284 posts
 07 Dec 2006 Thu 03:50 am

I hink the point of this question was to find out if it was "common" or "uncommon" for opposite sexes who are friends to 'hang out'.

Forget the wishes and/or intent of these friendships. On a societal level (majority = more than roughly 60%), is this a common practice.

I would guess no. It does happen in America, but in large groups. I don't even think here more than 50% of the young population (18-4 go out alone to hang out for a coffee or beer.

BUT it is important to note- that if a different sex couple were out for a coffee- in say a Starbucks, it would never be questioned, or even figured that they were a romantic two.

From my very limited time in Turkey(one month), I would guess that this same scenario would be questioned very much. People might assume a romantic partnership, or a dating relationship, rather than just two friends hanging out. (I must say Istanbul is probably more liberal that the rest of Turkey)

84.       robyn :D
2640 posts
 07 Dec 2006 Thu 02:40 pm

Quoting christine_usa:

I hink the point of this question was to find out if it was "common" or "uncommon" for opposite sexes who are friends to 'hang out'.

Forget the wishes and/or intent of these friendships. On a societal level (majority = more than roughly 60%), is this a common practice.

I would guess no. It does happen in America, but in large groups. I don't even think here more than 50% of the young population (18-4 go out alone to hang out for a coffee or beer.

BUT it is important to note- that if a different sex couple were out for a coffee- in say a Starbucks, it would never be questioned, or even figured that they were a romantic two.

From my very limited time in Turkey(one month), I would guess that this same scenario would be questioned very much. People might assume a romantic partnership, or a dating relationship, rather than just two friends hanging out. (I must say Istanbul is probably more liberal that the rest of Turkey)


yeh i think that was more the point..even in england male-female friendships where u can go out with just two of you are highly rare..

85.       Capoeira
575 posts
 07 Dec 2006 Thu 05:25 pm

[QUOTE ]I hink the point of this question was to find out if it was "common" or "uncommon" for opposite sexes who are friends to 'hang out'.

Forget the wishes and/or intent of these friendships. On a societal level (majority = more than roughly 60%), is this a common practice.
QUOTE]


Why do people always have to point out what they interpret as the point of the thread? Each one interprets it in their own way. Also, it is useless to stop forums from evolving into something totally different. Forums are like conversations you start out talking about your day at work and end up talking about the relevance of Sor. Juana in Latin American Literature. It just happens.....

But I do appreciate your opinion. I would have to disagree about the part mentioning the U.S., but I guess it's not important since the "point" was to discuss friendships between TURKISH males and females. lol lol lol lol

86.       biklzz
3 posts
 08 Dec 2006 Fri 10:30 pm

Here's an interesting diary article I just came across from the Guardian UK from Erica Kaya, an expatriot living in Turkey pointing out some of the subtle difference in male-female relationships that exist between the west and in Turkey.

http://www.guardianabroad.co.uk/diaries/article/173

87.       SERA_2005
668 posts
 08 Dec 2006 Fri 10:56 pm

Quoting biklzz:

Here's an interesting diary article I just came across from the Guardian UK from Erica Kaya, an expatriot living in Turkey pointing out some of the subtle difference in male-female relationships that exist between the west and in Turkey.

http://www.guardianabroad.co.uk/diaries/article/173



Wow that was really interesting and talking about alot of things i have been struggling with myself and continue to do so.I agree with alot of what she says.Turkish girls are always so completely well manicured and by that i mean there is a great emphasis on beauty but not so much for the ideals we might assume in the west.I mean if you look around in Turkey there is a hair/beauty salon everywhere you look and in England for example it might seem strange to see that many.My soon to be mother in law visits the hair dressers every few days which was odd to me at first but then it sort of became a bonding ritual between us.Anyway really interesting artical,thanks for pointing that out.

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