Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Vocabulary of Affection

 [personal profile] verbs_not_nouns has an interesting essay about the term "boyfriend" in asexual relationships.  It's a term that comes with its own baggage.  Some people like that, others don't.

We don't really have a lexicon for asexual relationships yet.  More words would be helpful.  Lifefriend, maybe; a suggestion of permanence and affection that doesn't carry the same assumption of sex.  Squishmate, perhaps; drawing on the asexual term 'squish' for a nonsexual kind of crush.
Tags: gender studies, linguistics, networking, vocabulary
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