Until Marriage Do Us Part

Love and Sex

Until Marriage Do Us Part

Illustration: Namaah/Arré


was recently asked about a little household trick I was trying. I think it was some kind of cleaning or cat hack, no doubt. I remember the conversation for something else entirely. I said, “My partner and I,” in response to a question, and went on to finish my sentence, but I could see I had them at the preface. I could feel the whole room turning toward me. Partner. Hmm.

“You know,” said my friend, taking a sip of her red wine, “People don’t really know what you mean by partner. They probably think you’re gay or something.”