Thursday, November 7, 2013

Words Fail

    Society can see us together. Not, "Oh, those are lovers, those are boyfriends, those are partners." Those words don’t work. . . . That definition gives us this extra context of, we are a couple.
So says Aleksey Kulikov of his "wedding" to Edwin Aparicio — Two artists wedded to flamenco.

I read those sentences with a sense of expectation. If they are not just "lovers," "boyfriends," or "partners," what could they be? Husbands? My best friend and I are husbands, to different wives, of course. That word just doesn't work, but it was the one I expected. Instead, we get "a couple." Pretty generic. Six thousand years of human history just does not have the vocabulary to describe something less than thirteen years old.

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