What is the rationale behind "asking for a friend" discussions?

Saturday, May 18, 2019 4:57 AM
I'm seeing lots of discussion threads that are posed as "asking for a friend" questions. What is the rationale for that framing? Is there some liability that is being minimized by stating that you are asking for a friend? Is this tactic similar to some of the reviews that write as if they were a dream--- "in my dream I had sex with three strippers, two soccer Moms and a midget at the club" Does either tactic have any benefits to the writer? Of course, I'm asking this question for a friend.

11 comments

The insinuation that is asking for a friend means that person has no friends ;)
twentyfive
5 years ago
The insinuation is that " I don't need to know this, but my friend does ". When in reality, the person writing the story or question is in fact the person that wanting the information in the discussion. " My friend wants to know what it's like to wear woman's lingerie ".
Warrior15
5 years ago
^ That's what flagooner said about you, lol
twentyfive
5 years ago
It's a cover up in case your wife finds it.
shadowcat
5 years ago
Are you new to this planet? (Asking for a friend...)
herbtcat
5 years ago
It's a joke. See, he's not *really* asking for a friend *wink*
Subraman
5 years ago
It’s a trope that extends far beyond this discussion board. Here are examples across all types of media. [view link]
nicespice
5 years ago
But when I say it I really am referring to a friend.
flagooner
5 years ago
Most times the friend is about 4 1/2 inches long and lives in his pants.
goldmongerATL
5 years ago
Well, almost. But only when I'm aroused.
flagooner
5 years ago
I wonder how many advantage points you get for being hare-lipped, fat, stupid, short and ugly?
reverendhornibastard
5 years ago
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