We all understand what it means to experience beauty without a precedent. Our common language when we experience incomparable beauty is expressed something like, “I never felt...I never heard...I never saw...I never experienced.”
Beauty is one of the lens I interpret the experience of cross-gender friendship. It’s a daunting thing for this fifty six year old white male to name beauty as a lens to know cross-gender friendship but I am not ashamed to name God’s beauty as real and redemptive.
Marilyn Yalom, respected feminist author of the new book, The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship observes, “Cross-gender friendship in America is unmistakably on the rise.” While many may express anxiety over this new phenomenon, I believe this personal relationship fits the parameters of unprecedented beauty.