Why The Term “Friend Zone” Needs To Go

Ah, the Friend Zone. You’ve probably heard this term since you were in middle school, or whatever age you took an interest in sex and romance. For those of you who don’t know, the term became popular after the character Joey Tribbiani told Ross Geller on “Friends” that he was in the Friend Zone with Rachel Green. While “Friends” is a tremendous show and an iconic symbol of the late 90s and early 2000s, we could have done without this term becoming so widely used. Millions of women are probably enjoying friendships with men right now, blissfully unaware that, behind their backs, those men are off complaining to their buddies that they are in the Friend Zone. Is it such a bad place to be? Apparently. Here is why the term Friend Zone needs to go.

It takes responsibility away

I got news for you; if you’re in the Friend Zone, you put yourself there. You could be in the zone where you, oh, I don’t know, confess your feelings to the person. But then you’d be in a zone where maybe she rejected you. You don’t want to be in that zone, so you pretend that you’re being kept—against your will—in the Friend Zone.