I don't want to discuss that... the futility of the struggle to get out of it (I don't believe it is a futile effort), or that "Men always.... Women always...." etc. etc. etc.
Instead, I'd like to know how does one suggest to a friend the desire to turn it into a romance as well? What works?
Of course we could just ask the other party, right? But let's be realistic... that's not what we'd really like to do. First, we're scared of losing the good friendship. Second, do we really believe that the other will be inspired to think romantically about us if we say, "I've been thinking about our friendship lately, and I really think we ought to give dating a shot. What do you think?"
So, dear Sirs, how should a female friend, who would like to inspire you to think romantically about her, behave? What behaviors, attitudes, actions, and words might change your perception of her so that you would desire to pursue her in a romantic sense?
So, gentle Ladies, how might a male friend who has been entertaining romantic notions about you suggest to you that dating him might be a good idea? What ways could he woo you from seeing him as a denizen of The Friend Zone and more of a romantic hero?