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Old 09-25-2013, 07:34 PM
InsaneMystic InsaneMystic is offline
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I don't consider the "-friend" part demeaning of the relationship at all. Friendship is the core of any healthy relationship, IMO... R. and I are best friends first and foremost, too... and friendship is a form of love, in any case.

But yes, the "girl-"/"boy-" part does sound a tad childish. Not to mention reinforcing gender role normativity, which won't get me, personally, very far to start with. So, yup, I'm not using it... but not using the word "lovers", either, as it usually evokes sexual connotations that simply aren't applicable in our case.

For us, it's "partners", or "shipmates".
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