No, it gets in the way. You can say that things won't change, but they always do. Someone ends up getting hurt because they feel like they deserve something or put more of their emotions into the act than th eother person did.
Honestly, I think feelings would get in the way, especially for the woman, because I think that is how women are made to be. I think this is expecting too much from a friendship, and the friendship would probably be damaged afterwards.