Print PDF. Once the answer may have been no. Raymond McKie , a PhD candidate in community psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, wanted to learn more about these friendships but found little existing research. Although he and his colleagues are still analyzing the results, some of what they have learned so far has been surprising.
Another Casualty of Homophobia: Platonic Male Affection
Male affection and touch: homophobia ruins platonic touch for straight men.
The term bromance is used so much lately that in order to define bromance now we have to broaden the meaning. This definition has changed to include any two guys in a close friendship regardless of their sexual orientation. The men enjoy hanging out with each other so much that it becomes a nonsexual infatuation. The media often uses the word bromance to describe two men who just met who get along. Celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Andy Cohen, and Will Ferrel are also said to be in a bromance with their close, male friends. Ideally, a bromance only happens when two guys meet and just get along so great they develop this instant, platonic love for each other. The common line you hear with a bromance?
A fine bromance
Amid a scene of scantily clad sun worshipers, the best friends Reza Farahan and Mike Shouhed gaze at different objects of desire: Mr. Farahan at musclebound guys, Mr. Shouhed at voluptuous women.
But they caution that the shift could lead to weaker bonds among dating or married couples, or even reduce the likelihood of men and women pairing up at all. George Washington wrote endearing letters to other men, the study authors note, and Abraham Lincoln shared a bed with a male friend for several years. But close male companionship became more taboo in the second half of the 20th century, say researchers from the University of Winchester in England, due to a rise in homophobic sentiments and changing ideals of what masculinity should look like. In recent years, though, bromances have become cool again, the authors say—thanks in part to high-profile celebrity examples like the Obama-Biden bromance and movies like The Year-Old Virgin.