WHAT HAPPENS IN REAL LIFE Still, I do think we women can have healthy friendships with straight men. I find men’s —less emotional and more straightforward—approach to life refreshing and I am curious about our differences. So, male friendships are a way to better understand how differently our minds work. Yet I am cautious because I don’t want to ruin a good thing by destroying a rewarding platonic relationship with a romantic turn of events. As soon as I notice any attraction on either side, I step back. I don’t believe in Hollywood endings.