emotional tampon

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emotional tampon (plural emotional tampons)

  1. (colloquial, derogatory) A man who is used by a woman as a shoulder to cry on and then discarded.
    • 1987, Sam Kinison HBO comedy Special: Breaking the Rules
      So you just want to be friends, huh? Yeah, I think I know what that means. I become some kind of 'emotional tampon' you need three or four days out of the month... when no one else will take your fucking bullshit
    • 2005, John Alexander, How to Become an Alpha Male (page 36)
      These guys end up acting as emotional tampons for women. They listen attentively as their female friends tell them about what jerks the real men in their lives are. Believe me, I've been there.
    • 2015, Jack N. Raven, Penetration: A Tactical Manual on Forming Deep Emotional Connections!
      The orbiters in her life in high likelihood like to talk about this and make themselves her emotional tampon and outlet.