I Do Not Have A Boyfriend

Rose Water Magazine

A few days ago I was standing outside at the bus stop minding my own business when a man approached me.“Sorry to bother you, but I was walking by and noticed you are very beautiful. I was wondering if you happen to have a boyfriend,” he asked. “Yea, I do, actually. Sorry,” I replied as I boarded the bus that conveniently arrived just as I’d finished replying to my suitor.

I felt annoyed. I didn’t want to be bothered at the bus stop. I didn’t want to have to strategize how to handle myself in an awkward and intrusive social encounter. But I did have to, and I handled the situation poorly, at best.

In the Luna Luna article, “Stop Saying ‘I Have a Boyfriend’,” Alecia Eberhardt discusses the negative social implications of using this excuse when attempting to dismiss unwanted attention, whether the advances are intrusive or…

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About squishymaru

Master's student in chemical engineering with a B.S. in chemical engineering as well. Loves chemistry, math, increasing diversity in STEM, politics, and public health advocacy. Loves reading, writing, and being active -- mentally and physically.

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