On labels.

I am sleeping with a man who introduces me as his ‘friend’ to coworkers. We do more than just have sex. We watch movies. Go out to dinner. Basically try to have a relationship. What is your take on this?

I hate to break it to you, but you’re the only one trying to have a relationship. He’s just trying to enjoy your company.

Sure, he likes you. You might even get girlfriend status one day, but you aren’t there yet. In the meantime, don’t over think this kind of shit.

Our culture doesn’t have a formal label for the early, casual stage of a romantic relationship. Sure, “fuck buddy” has its charms, but that’s not how you want him to introduce you at the office party.


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