Your mother. Your sister. Your best friend, accountant, or next door neighbor. Is there a woman in your life who’s important to you, who you love, or who you just can’t live without?
Our cultures frequently privilege the sexual, romantic love a man is supposed to feel for a woman. Who are the women you love, not romantically, but just as deeply?
It may be difficult to admit to having feelings for a woman that are not permitted within traditional ideas of masculinity, men and women, and relationships. Even the word, relationship, conjures love, when it might be regard, respect, loyalty, concern, or affection that characterizes the bond you share. You might be related through business, mentorship, religious affiliation, education, or community.
Tell us about your platonic relationship with a woman. She could be your other half—as in a business venture or creative team. She might be someone you rely on, or someone who leans on you for help. You might be closely related and have been intimate for years, or have such a highly ritualized relationship that you know nothing about her except for through one formal interaction you share. Why do you value this relationship, and how is it different for being with a woman?
Make your submissions through Submishmash by Saturday, April 14. See our submission guidelines for more information. Email questions and queries to Justin Cascio, Senior Editor of The Good Men Project Magazine, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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