"Mindy" told me last week about her cuddle buddies.
A cuddle buddy is a man who will go over to the woman's house and cuddle with her all night, but NOTHING MORE. There is no kissing. The two of them are not dating. They just change into pajamas and get into bed and spoon until the next morning. Also, this arrangement can last for several months.
If you are reading this with your mouth open, while thinking, "WTF?? Such a thing exists?", then you are echoing what I said. This completely blew my mind.
I asked Mindy, "The guys don't spend the entire night trying to undress you?"
"No!" she said. "That's never happened!"
Since then, I've been pestering her to reveal how she does this. Not that I want such a thing -- I expect the situation inevitably ends in tragedy (and Mindy confirmed it typically does). But how is she able to fight off the male instincts bred through millenia of evolution?
The two of us attended a lovely cocktail party on Friday, and I decided to poll the guy sitting next to us on the couch. We had just met him twenty minutes prior. He's a Stanford grad in his mid-20s, doing research in a biology lab.
"I'm conducting a survey," I said. "Would you ever agree to an arrangement where you cuddle with a woman and do nothing more than cuddling, for six months?"
"I could see it," he said. "Physical contact is a need that everyone has."
I asked my next question. "Are you straight?"
"Yes," he said.
Then other friends distracted us, and the survey was halted at that point, with 100% of straight men polled being in favor of cuddle buddies.
Is this a secret side to men? Despite all their bravado about sexual conquest, they actually yearn to be big cuddle bears? Somehow I suspect not.
[Note: Any rude remarks about Mindy in the comments section will be deleted.]