By Dori Hartley for YourTango.com.
Women crave affection and soulful friendships, not necessarily sex.
And while wife and wife, and husband and husband are valid, those terms are based in a heterosexual world and may not have the same appeal to a gay couple. Or, maybe they do.
I used to think “partner” was inadequate, sort of a passing phase word that could be used simply because there was really no other way to describe one’s mate, married or not. “Partner” seemed like a cold word, suggesting business, and “partnership” felt downright office-y, like, “Hey, I made partner at my law firm.”
But now it seems the very best word ever.
No more having to explain and no more demoting your loved one to the ever-awful “significant other.” Significant other? Why not “considered participant in love arrangement”?
Apparently, we’ve really been searching for the perfect word because “significant other” is just way too much of a stretch. Significant other seems like it would come with an implanted microchip and an identification number tattooed on the lower belly: “Yes, that’s my significant other. Check her belly.”
I want a partner; a partner is the only thing that makes sense to me. And guess what? I don’t care if it’s a man or a woman.