Uncle Agony dear,
Every time I go out with my boyfriend or whenever we bump into a friend of his he doesn’t introduce me as his girlfriend. Either he only introduces me by name or he doesn’t introduce me at all. Is he embarrassed to be with me or does he generally prefer to keep his options open?
Sad and unhappy.
The boyfriend is a unique species. It tends to mistakenly think that the girlfriend has a mouth of its own. It forgets that when the girlfriend falls in love, its (the girlfriend’s) genetic code is automatically altered to start unfairly blaming the boyfriend for everything that happens or doesn’t happen. Your boyfriend’s character is a classic case of the phylum reasonata; the one that expects the girlfriend to introduce itself because (it assumes) the girlfriend has a mouth. Sorry. He’s a piece of shit. I’m on your side.