When “Nice Guys” Aren’t: The Sexism of the “Friend Zone”

“For those of you who are unfamiliar with this one, The Nice GuyTM Syndrome the phenomenon in which a self-proclaimed “nice guy” laments about how his close female friends – for whom he harbors feelings – never want to have a relationship or sex with him. “Why does she always go for the jerk?” the “nice guy” laments. “I’m such a NICE GUY!” Often in these situations, the woman has no idea what his feelings are. Other times, they know but don’t reciprocate, preferring to carry on a friendship than a relationship. This, apparently, is totally unacceptable to them.”


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