39 Truly Innovative Ways You Described Your Relationship Status On The Autostraddle Reader Survey

Last year’s Autostraddle Reader Survey gave us a fascinating look at all of your thoughts, feelings, dreams, beliefs, and online shopping patterns. One of the questions we asked was about your current relationship status. Here’s how those numbers shook out:

But — SURPRISE! — many of you had more feelings about your relationship status than could be accurately conveyed by simply checking a box.

So, here are some of your very best and most illuminating answers to “what is your relationship status,” ripped mercilessly out of context and listed here for our communal enjoyment.

1. just kissed this polyamorous human last night so we’ll see

2. kissing my room mate and not sure if we’re dating. help

3. we call each other “blorp” and “lovah-friend”

4. I have a massive crush on my very best friend so there’s that unfortunate situation.

5. I’ve sort of moved into my girlfriend’s apartment and we have a cat together so we’re basically married

6. tragic

7. Desperately single PLS DATE MEEEEEEEEE

8. LTR with self

9. In “it’s complicated” with grad school

10. Oh dear God I have no clue right now, it’s a mess!

11. Like tim gunn Im single with no plans of ever not being

12. aannd sleeping with my straight best friend

13. Spinster 4 lyfe.

14. In a Significant Relationship with a person that is definitely not dating, nope, that would be scary.

15. 5ever alone

16. Poly triad with one cis gray-ace queer gal and one gendervague demisexual heteroflexible AMAB person

17. I live with an ex girlfriend, but we live on separate floors of the house. it’s complicated.

18. Dumped a week ago :'(

19. LOVE IS A LIE

20. Cat lady forever, probably

21. Desperately pining for the cute queer Hot Topic employee who complimented my yellow doc martens the other day

22. Celibate spinster. It’s not functionally congruent to “single”, trust me.

23. In a long term monogamous relationship with my PhD dissertation

24. Can’t be arsed to talk to people

25. we got in a really bad fight today, so i’m not sure. ughhhh

26. Complicated fucker

27. Single as of last night

28. Fuckbuddy

29. Single as a mothafudgin’ pringle

30. In like kind of a thing

31. CRUSHING HARD ON A GIRL

32. Pining and depressed, emotionally taken

33. Pining over a straight girl

34. Pining over my ex

35. Holding out for a hero

36. Dating in theory, shy introvert in practice.

37. Can’t wait to be married to her, but we have no idea how to plan a wedding
please send help

38. In the words of Facebook, it’s complicated

39. My current human is doing her PhD, which she often jokes is her “wife.” This makes me the mistress!


TAG YOURSELF obviously I’m 19, but also 35, because the lyrics to that song were the entirety of my JDate profile in 2004. It’s still true.


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105 Comments

    • Have you encountered alternate terms for bride and groom (that aren’t made-up words like gride and broom)? My partner and I are planning on using spouse, partner, and significant other after the wedding and during the reception (after the ceremony) “newlyweds” will work. But for the planning and the ceremony we’re not always sure what to call ourselves. Engaged couple works sometimes. Spouses-to-be also works in place of bride/groom sometimes. And we can also just use our names. Still, if you have heard of any other gender-neutral terminology or phrasings and would like to share it would be much appreciated!

      @krisdoesstuff

      • You know I had sex pretty early, like at 15, and then throughout high school, and then starting with college had zero sex until I was about 24. I was really close with someone in my very-not-queer friend group, and couldn’t quite make myself go out of my way to make friends with queer people, who I felt awkward around, so just hung out with the people I already liked spending time with…especially this one person. Now I’m married to her.

        SO I think the idea of virginity is dumb. Sometimes you have sex. Sometimes you don’t. Finding someone you have a good connection with is so much more important, and such a better thing to focus on.

        • Hahahaha I love that. I worked so hard to find a way to phrase my comment in a way that couldn’t be misinterpreted (turns out I have a strange talent for accidentally propositioning people?), but of course the endless creativity of the human brain will always win!

    • The first time I slept with a girl I was 26 although I knew I liked girls since 13 if it makes you feel any better…..
      And what I’ve learned in that time is better no sex than bad sex!!! Trust me 🙂 and things WILL happen!

    • I think virginity doesn’t really exist. Because I thought I lost mine very young only to be told later in life lesbians can only lose it with toys … the thing that can be measured is vl but I went til I was 24 without anyone wanting to snog me so there’s hope. I mean I kissed a girl when I was seven but that was before I felt desire so that doesn’t count (we were playing ‘sisters’. It was very tame and had to do w me wanting a sister not a gf)
      I’m not sure if you’re bi/pan but lgbt ppl are a minority and made to come out/stay closeted rather than being assumed so I think not doing much before you’re thirty is actually quite comparatively usual compared to straight relationships.
      For anyone it’s better to lose it in a good way (physically and emotionally) and when you’re ready. It’s not a race. There isn’t even a proper finish line everyone can agree on so it’s def not a race.

  1. I was pretty sure I must have just ticked a box, cause I’m boring like that. Then I saw the “Cat lady forever, probably” response, and that is just so incredibly me that suddenly I just don’t know any more.

    (writing this comment while lying in bed with one cat asleep next to me and the other- shit, I thought he was asleep on my floordrobe, as he tends to be, but I couldn’t see him anywhere and had to get up to go investigate. I eventually found him sitting silently but nervously underneath a duvet that had half slipped off the bed? I suspect he wandered in and then couldn’t find his way back out? I’m surprised he didn’t start whining, he tends to freak out when covered by a blanket.)

  2. currently overwhelmed by a big fat crush on my cute dapper butch women’s studies professor and in a committed relationship with jstor and the library. YAY ACADEMIA.
    also, i live in a college town near a large metropolitain area and gay girls are nowhere to be found. what am i doing wrong? where are they??

  3. I am #27 and #33. A friend recently told me that who cares if she’s straight, cause you could be her queer. Which as a(n amab) non-binary/genderqueer person that puts me in a weird spot.

  4. If there were one for ‘currently crushing on several poly girls in primary relationships with dudes’ I would be all over that shit.

    Meanwhile #4, #10, #17, #30, #31 also.

    Can I tag myself in another person’s tags?

  5. I reaaaally wanna help 37 because 2 weekends ago I went to a wedding that’s reception details and aisle music were put together at the last minute.
    It was possibly the best straight wedding I’ll ever attend (been to 5 in my life so far), the bride wore purple, the best man was a punk haired lady so like it was also accidentally the gayest looking too.

    But I dunno know them or where they live so I’m gunna lay out some general stuff they could use to start making a plan or narrow down some ideas and leave this link that leads to the legal how to’s of marriage in the US, da license
    http://www.usmarriagelaws.com/marriage-license/application/procedures/documents-required.shtml

    Okay so first the nuptial couple needs to decide on budget, size (how many they inviting/think will come), level of formality and date. Then they can start with venue(s) and what to do for the reception, decoration or favours.

    A justice of the peace can cost from $50 to $350 depending upon where they live and if the JP has “travel charges”
    A pretty library that’s popular wedding spot is thousands of dollars with a waiting list.

    So really…

    1) Budget, attendance size

    2) Date, time and formality of attire (b/c do you want people in July to suffer through a black tie wedding before 5 at venue where parking is far away and there will be walking and get blasted by the sun as it’s going down during the ceremony outside or the windows of the nice building with AC, no u do not)
    http://lifehacker.com/what-all-of-those-confusing-dress-code-terms-really-mea-1724671659

    Once you got those down where and by who the wedding ceremony gets performed narrows itself down as does what the reception is going to be.

    Using the wedding I went to as an example:
    BUDGET for a JP, a large batch of brunch food, cakes and a rec center hall with a kitchenette.

    ATTENDANCE of about 40 people; the parents of the nuptial couple, the couple’s friends with their plus ones’ and kids

    DATE winter

    TIME the sunniest hours

    ATTIRE business casual, kidlets in attedence yo

    VENUE pretty park with nice rec hall

    RECEPTION catering came from a brunch place and was brunch food with tiny cereal packets, no bartender just a collection of alcohol (wine to hard liquor) DIY cocktails and an ice chest of locally beloved beers. The cake was kept in the kitchette fridge till cutting time, and there was an oven used to warm the food for serving.

    DECOR just some cute faux flowers in buckets with cute things written on them on the tables that doubled as favours

    Wedding I didn’t go to as an example:
    BUDGET was JP and I think a haunted house
    ATTENDANCE anyone who could come, art community basically (parents and birth family not in picture)
    DATE was weekend before Halloween
    RECEPTION was at a bar which is where I heard most of the attending really happened

    Um I hope this is helpful for someone, I didn’t mean to write so much stuff but here we are and I’m not deleting any of it.

  6. I’m now in a poly relationship and having so much fun sleeping with sexy men. I am using Tinder & it’s highly entertaining. I just wish some sexy ladies would match with me. Sick of falling for straight girls.

  7. #40 Helping my best friend (also an ex) TTC with artificial insemination, while declaring our love for each other, but being too scared of an age gap (12.5 years) to actually be together. Also using the AI as an excuse to have sex, but no kissing allowed because that would cross a line. Lol help us.

  8. tfw you check how your crush commented on this article in the hopes of getting an indication of if they’re interested in you and the result is not the most encouraging :/

    (my friend thinks I should actually talk to the crush instead of making inferences from a single comment but that seems silly)

  9. Um … follow-up question … Is it offensive to say “gay karaoke”? ‘Cos if it is, then I need to know so I can stop. Sorry.

    — Yes, I am male. But please, don’t hold it against me; I promise, it wasn’t my fault. —

      • When we go to karaoke, it’s always only at a gay bar. So I think of it as “gay karaoke” as opposed to regular karaoke. Which … I guess kind of answers the question, doesn’t it? Using the modifier implies that karaoke at a gay bar is somehow “not regular”, so … that’s bad. Thank you.

        — Yes, I am male. But please, don’t hold it against me; I promise, it wasn’t my fault. —

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