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Climbing back out of the pit your girl friend kicked you into

Last year Abstruse Goose posted a comic about the dangers of going mountain climbing with your girl friend.

Now, these many dreadful months later, he has a follow-up

(via Tastefully Offensive)

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10 comments for “Climbing back out of the pit your girl friend kicked you into

  1. Nymling
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    I can’t like this response enough.

  2. Paperchaser
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    That’s right. Put in enough time lurking around, pretending you’re simply a supportive friend as she goes through rough times, and eventually the fact that you didn’t have sufficient confidence to simply make a pass at her when you first realized you wanted to will be negated by detecting and exploiting her emotional vulnerabilities. What sweeter love is there?

  3. Paperchaser
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    TL;DR for you, Barara? Shame, you could have learnt something.

  4. K
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    There actually was a previous cartoon to this that showed a girl pushing a guy in the gulley of the friend zone. So he actually wasn’t lurking. He was put at a distance, where she elevated herself above him. It is possible that they were both finally in the right place, and he struggled hard enough to get up that nerve you call for. It hurts to be rejected and risk losing a friend on top of that. Try it some time, and you’ll find that out.

  5. Chris
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    the dark knight rises.

  6. M Jane
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    What supportive friends he made down there!! They cheer! No malice or envy on their happy little faces… aww. <3

  7. Paperchaser
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    I’ve seen both the first cartoon, and got up the nerve to make passes at people I like without hovering around at a distance, pretending I’m happy to just be friends.That’s because I understand nobody owes me love, that somebody not wanting to be in a relationship with me doesn’t elevate them above me, that fortune favours the brave, that it’s pointless being in a relationship where there isn’t a lot of mutual attraction, and that thinking of yourself as being “friend zoned” = being a sad, immature, cowardly lurker who doesn’t appreciate friendship for itself.It’s called being a grownup. Try it sometime, and you might like it.

  8. seth
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    again…you are a douchebag…

  9. Ponder
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    The friendzone bugs the hell out of me. And this can go towards any gender and orientation but I will be referring to the hetero male version of this.It seems snaky. If you meet a girl and your base interest in her is a physical emotional interest that ultimately distills down to sex, no matter how poetic and romantic you describe/justify it than presenting yourself and your interest and intentions towards her as anything else is a selfish deception.Even if there is legitimately no malice, you have a legitimate interest in her as an actual human being aside from the physical possibilities you’re still invoking a deception.True being shot down hurts, true being struck by nerves is intimidating and therefore approaching as a friend is a way of building up to that point.However, I question what is the basis of the friend approach? What is the end goal of this relationship in your mind? Is the end an eternal bond, or is it an eternal bond plus sex? Seriously.Really, pin this down. What is the fulfillment of this relationship? To hope to have a companion in whom you trust and care about and share your life with, or all of that plus sex.There was a time where a fella had to directly indicate that he was ‘courting’ a woman. This did not deny him the chance to spend time and be friendly with her. If a man met a women and did not declare this intention but eventually made a romantic approach it was perceived as deceptive or a suggestion of dishonesty.That was a bygone time but don’t dismiss the statement of those stilted social practices.If you really respect a female and find yourself romantically attracted, you will not permit her to misperceive you as anything but a potential romantic interest.She may well shoot you down outright, or maybe stall you out, or there is a possibility as an individual freethinking human being she may just be undecided. So be it. What you are not doing is casting a smoke screen to buy you time to either get the nerve or ‘find an opening’.Recall that the idea of courting was getting to know someone and find things out about them. Don’t get lost in the social structures/time periods that used those things and just consider that if your argument is: You want to get a girl to know you better and that’s why you are friends with her first. If you approach under the guise of platonic friendship, you do her a disservice.Finally, there is always the instance of the organic at first friends but feelings evolve into romantic, and sometimes those feelings don’t grow equally in each other. This version of friendzone is painful indeed and unfortunate b/c it is one not based on deception.However, no outsider can distinguish one true freindzone outcast, from the more consistent deceptors. The ones who play friend. Ultimately only the person themselves can determine that.So if you consider yourself friendzoned, assess what was the basis for your friendship in the first place. If you are not lying to yourselves and it really was organically developed you have a responsibility to your friend to admit it, or squash it for the sake of the friendship (this is a monumental and yet private act of selflessness).If you occupy the F-Zone by way of self-serving abidance, well bucko your there for not taking the honorable route and I have no sympathy for ye.After all, just b/c your nice, listen to her and have a penis doesn’t mean you’ve met some mythical female pre-program requirements and therefore she must now accept your shween or she’s a teasing temptress bitch who cruelly plays with your heartstrings.

  10. K
    11/30/-0001 at 12:00 am

    I’m kind of glad that they showed one who’s apparently female, because not every love is heterosexual.