Significant Others


Boyfriends and girlfriends are so passe. In a romantic era that knows no age, marital or gender identity bounds, Cristen and Caroline search for the ideal couple label that aptly communicates modern commitment.

Episode sources:

"5 Gender-Neutral Alternatives to 'Boyfriend' and 'Girlfriend'." http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/12/gender-neutral-alternatives/

"'Bae' Watch: The Ascent of a New Pet Name." https://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/dictionary/bae-watch-the-ascent-of-a-new-pet-name/

"Gender neutral language." http://nonbinary.org/wiki/Gender_neutral_language#Partner

"How Old Is Too Old for 'Boyfriend' and 'Girlfriend'?" http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/01/how-old-is-too-old-for-boyfriend.html

"Old boyfriends." http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2007/06/24/old_boyfriends/

"On Language: Meet My Whatsit." http://www.nytimes.com/1986/11/09/magazine/on-language-meet-my-whatsit.html

"Now that white people have declared 'bae' over, black people can use it again." http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/14/white-people-declared-bae-over-black-people-can-use-it

"The Baest Bae to Ever Bae: Bae Isn't Just a Noun Anymore." http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2015/01/22/that_s_so_bae_not_just_a_noun_anymore_here_s_how_bae_gets_used_as_a_verb.html

"Unmarried Spouses Have a Way With Words." http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/fashion/unmarried-spouses-have-a-way-with-words.html?ref=fashion&_r=0

"Why do gay couples use the terms 'husband' and 'wife,' rather than 'partner'?" https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/why-do-gay-couples-use-the-terms-husband-and-wife-rather-than-partner/2014/05/12/8d9ae3e8-d6f4-11e3-95d3-3bcd77cd4e11_story.html

Topics in this Podcast: dating, relationships