In our increasingly sexual society, it often feels like friendship is dying. You see it in TV and in life. People can't just be friends anymore. If they spend time together and are fond of each other, they MUST be in love. The most obvious example I can think of off hand is within the Sherlock fandom. Sherlock and John can't just be good friends. They're gay and in love and they just won't admit it. I've seen it with children. Adults won't let boys and girls be friends. They go on about and encourage the boyfriend/girlfriend thing. Children!! Let them be friends! In the conservative circles that I grew up in, it's widely accepted that men and women cannot just be friends. It has to be sexual or will become so. As someone who identifies as asexual, it can be especially frustrating, but it makes me sad for sexual people, too. Close male friendships are about the best thing ever, in my opinion. I love watching guys interact with close friends. I, personally, get along better with men than with women. I love having male friends, and sometimes it's hard to be "one of the guys" with culture in general being so sexual. I love my female best friend deeply, but I have no romantic inclination towards her whatsoever. As I look at society, I can't help but ask the general question, "Why can't we just be friends?"