Every women needs her girlfriends - but male friends can be just as valuable. It's nonsense to say that men and women can't be "just friends"; they most certainly can. Besides, friendship is just as important as relationships are. But having male friends can enhance your life; here's why every female needs a few male friends …
Do you ever feel confused by your boyfriend and how differently he thinks? Having male friends is very handy for giving you an insight into the male mind. Although not all men are the same, they do tend to have similar ways of seeing things that are different to the way women think. So it could really help you understand your boyfriend.
One of the awful things about women is that we can be the worst critics of other women - just look at comment threads and social media for examples. Guys don't try to compete with or undermine each other. So having male friends can avoid or minimise your exposure to the competitiveness that can come from female friendships.
If going shopping is your idea of hell, you could benefit from having some male friends who hate shops as much as you do. Not all girls are into girly pursuits like shopping and having their nails done. If you're more into sporty and outdoor activities, you'll enjoy having male friends to spend time with.
Girlfriends can be great for boosting your self-esteem and telling you how good you look, but even if they have the best intentions they're not doing you any favors if you're wearing something that doesn't flatter you. Men can be relied upon to give an honest opinion - and even if that's not what you want to hear, it could be what you need to hear.
Guy friends aren't going to expect you to dress up for them, and won't judge you if you're not wearing makeup and heels. It's good news for those days when you really don't feel like spending an hour getting ready. If they drop by unexpectedly, you won't panic if your hair is all over the place and you're wearing sweat pants. It's all cool!
On the whole, men are simple creatures. Their tastes are simple and they find it easy to make decisions. There's none of the complicated situations that women get involved in. This makes them relaxing to have as friends; they won't get upset because you want to change arrangements or drag up old grudges from years ago.
Another great reason to have male friends is that they love sorting and fixing things. While we're independent women and can solve a lot of problems by ourselves, we still sometimes need assistance. Men will happily help you fix your house or car, and give you advice on how to solve problems in your life.
Ultimately, someone is your friend because they bring value to your life - and that isn't dependent on their gender. But it's perfectly possible for men and women to be friends - and they can be our best friends!
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