Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Do I Have A Girlfriend?

I don't know what to reply when people ask me whether I have a girlfriend (singular) or not. What kind of question is that supposed to be? How can one have only one girlfriend (singular) and doesn't everyone have girlfriends (plural) (with the exception of those who live in extremely conservative society)?

Being a man of semantics, I understand the term "girlfriend" as a friend who happens to have XX chromosomal makeup and nothing more than that, but obviously people doesn't mean that and what they mean to ask is that whether I have a girl (a person with XX chromosomal makeup) who is my friend just because she is a girl or, in other words, just because of her chromosomal makeup.

I fail to understand how and when the meaning of the term "girlfriend" changed from "a friend who happens to have XX chromosomal makeup" to "a friend just because of her XX chromosomal makeup" and how chromosomal makeup of a person plays a driving role in making friendship with others. Whatever the meaning of the term "girlfriend" may be, I fail to understand how the very question that whether I have a girlfriend or not is a "soup question" and if ain't a "soup question" then how does that bother that person, and if it doesn't bother that person then what is the pointing of raising such questions?


~Caritas, Lux et Varitas;
The Unknown Poet.

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