Was composing a longer answer but I got to a point where all I could think of was "dafuq?" so I'll try and just query on the parts that caused the most errors in my thought processes.
SaraShaw wrote:Basically, I want like a boyfriend store. Someone's photo I can put on the desk, someone who I can refer to at parties, someone who goes to the work x-mas party, someone who will take care of me after surgery ... and vice versa of course... but largely we live alone and are free to pursue whatever we wish in the non basic hours. Or... whatever you all agree to. I think sometimes things have gotten so messed up ... on the idea of love and emotion that we deny ourselves someone to just make things a little easier because we aren't "in love".
Parties? Who the hell would ever need to see some photo on my desk to be assured that I'm in a relationship? Parents? Friends? No, I can be honest with them if need be and it's hardly cruelty on my part if they'd have an issue with me living the way I prefer.
People "caring" for me is stifling and I'd rather have only the regular checkups and whatever professionals it takes for rehabilitation after this hypothetical surgery.
While there may be some pressure from various sources to get the "benefits" of being in a relationship, there's a whole boom of awareness on the growing number of people who prefer being on the "open market" or just happen to be loners. That awareness isn't going to split the rent, but neither is a faux relationship without actually finding someone you're comfortable living with, which kind of beats the point, or did I miss something? Friends with benefits of the non-sexual sort?
And you would ask a friend to do that? I would be mortified because it would be all ... "oh poor Sara she has no one else to get her."
Social pressure and adherence to norms means absolutely squat to me, so if my friends are able and willing, then what the hell is it to anyone whom I choose and whom chooses to be there for me for whatever the dramatic scenario you might've imagined in this case.
Uhh, no idea if that could be considered unkind or rude or just simply blunt, but again dafuq?
Dorito... whatever it is you're building in that basement lair of yours, make sure it can climb stairs, recharge, repair itself and others like it and is generally able to overcome any hurdles a robot could face. No kill switches or weak spots. Also, don't make them susceptible to logic and being reasoned out of their rampage.