DarkMatter said This is what a guy recently shared with me while we had lunch over the weekend. In conversation, we talked about all the good and bad of gay friendships and he proudly stated that while he hadn't seen his 2 best buds naked, he still preferred that they look attractive in order to maintain his friendship.
Is he only stating what most of us feel but are afraid to say?
What are your thoughts?
Is attractiveness a requirement in "platonic friends?"
This guy may be expressing a stricter and more original interpretation of Platonic Love than you realize.
Nowadays we think of Platonic Love as any non-sexual attraction, often of an intellectual nature. That was not how Socrates proposed it, as related by Plato (hence "Platonic").
Socrates spoke of the attraction of physical beauty, that didn't involve the sexual. There was no mention of the purely intellectual. The concept of beauty in the more abstract, to include the non-physical and non-visual, is a modern interpretation not clearly present in Plato.
Hence your friend may be adhering more closely to the original Greek meaning. You might ask him if that's his deliberate intent.
As for myself, I prefer to think of beauty as being both outer and inner. And in choosing my own BFs, I've favored the inner over the outer. Outer beauty tends to be fleeting and deceptive, whereas inner beauty is lasting and true.