To start with, here's my thought on friendships between men and women: As some of you who have posted on certain threads know, I have recently initiated an online friendship with a girl I met on 'meetup'. We exchange on a daily basis - little things like interests and stuff. She's offering to invite me to a group meet soon. Which, I would personally prefer to a one-on-one, since in a group, there's less pressure on me (I don't have to worry about awkward silence). Now, a small background - in 2013 my dad, unfortunately, died. And since then my mum has been going on these meetup groups with widows/widowers. Now, she meets up with the women, and encouters men in those groups - but she states that while men have asked her for drinks/meals, she has always declined - because she believes that they're (more than likely) looking for more than friendship. My mother believes that unless both party have known one-another longer than their partners, man/woman friendship is awkward, because there's always going to be a small hope that something more will develop. Personally, while I respect her opinion, I'm not so sure that I agree to this. I think that I am capable of meeting one-on-one with a woman, while keeping in mind that it's never going to be anything more than friendship. What is your take on this subject matter? Can a man and a woman go out for drinks and do things together without it being weird? Even if both are involved with someone else?