End the Fedora: Libertarian hat store
Walken Closet: Secondhand Hollywood costume store
@honey cowl Seriously, this advice is completely spot-on for every question.
@wee_ramekin I'm not in his target gender demographic here, but just linking to this interview might be perfect. I don't know, maybe some people would shrink from that. But I think that it's a compelling read, a wonderful story, highlighting how he can be superficially weird and awkward and yet simultaneously remarkably perceptive, deep, authentic, and caring.
@gormless I'm totally in favor of being asked out by ladies. If I'm interested, then obviously I'm glad to be asked. If I'm not, it's vastly less awkward to turn down someone you're not interested in if they actually ask you instead of sending vague, coy signals of interest for prolonged periods of time.
@When robot unicorns attack My ex came to my brother's wedding, we took some pictures with and without her, and I haven't scrubbed the "with" pictures from my apartment. They're nice pictures, she's still a nice person and a good friend, and my new ladyfriend doesn't care at all.
@chalkjock Awesome! That was my hunch from reading the letter. I'm glad things are working out for you!
@Amphora Oh my God, completely true.
I was curious, so I looked up the actual study. Subjects evaluated their attraction on a 9-point scale. The mean of self-reported attraction to friend was 4.94 for males (SD of 2.49) and 3.97 (SD of 2.14) for females. Self-reported desire to date friend was 4.55 (2.41) for males and 3.90 (2.54) for females.
I think this is about what I would have expected. There's a difference, but it's really not all that big. And it definitely does not suggest that it's impossible for men and women to be friends.
Ok, sorry for being the Wet Blanket of Science, you can go back to jokes now.