Nifer, in the words of one of our good (male) friends, you are “intelligent and attractive woman,” but that doesn’t mean all your male friends want to sleep with you. Just kidding, I know that wasn’t the point of your post, it just felt right to start off that way.
The answer to your query is a resounding, ‘yes.’ It is absolutely possible for men and women to be friends, without the want of a relationship or sex involved. I have many female friends who don’t interest me sexually in the least. And I’m pretty positive that I do not interest them sexually, which makes things perfect.
But the major issue is when there is a friendship between a male and a female, and one member of said friendship wants to, excuse my language, fuck the friend six ways from Sunday. This can cause a bit of friction, to say the least. We’ve all been on both sides of this position before (I’m not referring to missionary, doggystyle, etc…rather the position of wanting more with a friend, or having a friend want more with you), and there are certain steps that can be taken to try to push the relationship back on the road to friendship.
For example make a poignant effort to spend a little less time together. Often times someone can fall in love just by simply being around another person. One time I’m pretty sure I fell in love with a girl simply because we would hang out four nights a week. I didn’t plan on it, I just got so used to being with her I missed her when she was not around (PS – good thing that didn’t happen , that bitch is crazy).
When you do spend time together, probably best to do it in a group setting. I was best friends with a girl in high school, and by ‘best friends’ I mean I was head over heels, hopelessly in love with her. Once at a high school party I decided to go home, and she asked if she could crash at my house. Of course I let her, and I ended up on my bedroom floor while she snored away soundly in my twin bed.
I know this would suck, but try toning things down like eye contact. When people start to fall for others, they will rationalize the shit out of things. As in, if all of a sudden I’m feeling sexual feelings towards someone, that eye contact just went from “that’s just me and my good friend connecting” to “she is gazing into my eyes, I think she wants me to take her down on the kitchen floor right now.” The last thing you want to do with a friend is be unnatural and what not, but sometimes it’s best just short-term, to drive the point home that nothing is going to happen.
If time passes and your ‘friend’ is still asking you to go mini golfing with him/her, camping together (“of course I’ll bring an extra sleeping bag”), etc…and you simply don’t see the situation resolving itself, my advice have one incredible session of sex. It might ruin the friendship, but if things were past a point of no return anyway, it was probably already ruined. And at least this way you can get laid.