Do you have any “bromosexual” relationships? No? Not sure? You say you don’t know what a “bromosexual” relationship is? Well, not only are they now a Thing, but The New York Times reports that they’re hip and trending:
…Obviously, there have always been friendships between gay men and straight men, but only recently have they become more prominently, and comfortably, represented in TV shows, movies, books and blogs.
There is often a traditionally masculine sense of familiarity at play in these portrayals, exuding a feeling particular enough to suggest its own term: bromosexual relationships.
A new term! There’s just one problem here…
If such contrasts create fascination, other distinctions can be damaging. The cliché and lingering suspicion that a gay man may harbor a crush on his straight friend potentially throws off the power balance and erodes trust. “A gay man can worry, ‘What if this guy thinks I’m coming on to him?’” Mr. LaSala said. “‘And what would that mean for the relationship?’”
Speaking of terminology, the same people who brought us “bromosexual” say that “fiancé(e)” is out:
Why I hate it: It sounds silly, feels pompous and even precious. It’s the verbal equivalent of wearing a monocle, or using an encyclopedia when Wikipedia is at your fingertips. During my yearlong engagement, I never managed to say the word without feeling, somehow, like a jerk.
So what shall we call our not-yet-wives, not-quite-girlfriends? How about “boss”? (And don’t worry ladies, it works both ways! Try it! Just be careful around your actual boss.)
Now that you and your boss are in each other’s “employ” for life, how many years will that be, exactly? At most 115, says a new study — so mark that on the calendar just in case things get rough. In the meantime, study up on how to eat as a couple, look to reality TV’s no. 1 couple, #Speidi…or, just never get married, like Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell! They’re doing great:
Not “bossed up”? (Okay, this is new for both of us, go with me here.) Survive “cuffing season” with some tips from Man Repeller, hoard your sperm and send it to New Zealand and invest in a Chinese sex doll.
Finally, I’ve decided to end this edition of Man Links with two undeniably adorable internet artifacts.
#1: This dad who made his daughter her very own American Ninja Warrior set:
#2: This baby born with an insane amount of hair: