My opinion is probably not.
I believe straight men and women can work alongside one another, socialize in groups together, and be acquaintances, without there being any sexual tension or interest by one or both of the parties in the other. However, I believe it is highly unlikely, if not near impossible, for them to be JUST friends one on one. I believe, in male/female relationships with straight people, there is almost always sexual tension and interest by one or both of the parties in the other.
Some additional questions:
- If your boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife had a best friend who was a member of the opposite sex, would that be problematic for you?
- If your boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife had an an ex who was a close friend, or even their best friend, would that be problematic for you?
- And finally, my own situation... if you were dating someone who had a RECENT ex, who was their best friend, who lived down the street from them, and had daily, in-person contact, who called and visited at all hours of the night, bought them gifts, and was admittedly doing their best to try to win back the person you were dating, would that be problematic for you? What if the person you were dating did little or nothing to discourage their ex's behavior?