I convinced my boyfriend of a year to go to a school basketball game with me (he detests sports, but a friend of ours was playing). I bought our tickets from our vice principal at the door, handing her a twenty and asking, “two students, please!”
She said, “I hope you aren’t buying his ticket.”
Shocked, I tried to laugh, “I did make him come with me!”
She replied, “Well I guess that’s okay, honey. I was gonna tell you to dump him if he made you pay.”
We went to our seats, he was uncomfortably silent and I was cussing her out profusely. I felt angry, devalued, defensive, and pissed by what society forces on him.