The proper way to be Friends With Benefits

I found this article through CNN, and thought it worth sharing.  Writer Judy McGuire listed four pitfalls to avoid:

• Language: Yes, it helps if he speaks a foreign language you don’t understand, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Pronouns like us or we are to be avoided like an open sore and all talk of plans further into the future than an hour or two away is verboten.

• Meals: Acceptable FWB dining situations include shared bowls of cocktail peanuts, late-night grilled cheese sandwiches, and fancy desserts. Meals to be avoided are breakfast, brunch, dinner, with a special get-out-of-jail free card for lunch.

• Conversation: Questions any more probing than “what are you wearing?” and “when can we meet?” can get a little sticky. Your FWB doesn’t want to hear about your crazy mom and you really don’t want him to start yapping about his Ayn Rand fixation. Keep it light, keep it moving.

• Socializing: He doesn’t meet your friends, you don’t meet his. That goes double for family members. The best thing about having a FWB is that he’s your dirty little secret.

Make sense to me.  The last time I had a FWB, I talked to a BFF about him occasionally, but no one ever got to meet him.  It’s the easiest way to avoid the awkward convos, ya know?

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About mallerymalone

I write about romance and sex, mostly in that order.

Posted on October 19, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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