This is similar to the “f” bomb in that its effect on some people is pretty drastic. And no, I’m not talking about periods either.
Today someone at work asked me if I had a partner.
Now, I’m pleased that she took an interest but she could just ask if I had a girlfriend.
There’s lots of controversy in the LGBTQ community about what to call the people you’re with and I can see why.
I’ve always sided with “girlfriend” as partner is pretty ambiguous and has connotations, for me at least, of someone in a more formal sort of position. Others take a more comical approach and refer to them as their “better half” or “Mrs.”.
What concerns me even more is the pause and hesitation before asking about my “… erm… partner”. I don’t mind talking about it and so it phases me when people find it so hard broaching the subject with me. I just don’t understand what all the fuss is about.
Basically, I felt a bit awkward earlier and thought I’d share it with you all. Do you say partner and prefer it to other words? Let me know! 🙂