You know that thing where you take your car in because one tire keeps losing air rapidly and you are told that because of an enormous screw in your right front tread that you will need a new set of four and because your wife cares for and is far more knowledgeable about cars than you are, she spends 30 minutes talking through every option with the salesperson and making important decisions with large-scale financial impacts such that all you have to do is go in and read off a carefully crafted text message what you need to purchase. Yeah, when that happens, don’t ask your partner to come and hold your hand while you finalize the purchase because you hate talking to people about money and are afraid you are going to screw something up when you do. You can perform this emotional and interpersonal labor on behalf of your partner. You are, in fact, an adult who can occasionally play this minor role of taking responsibility for the things you co-own and must maintain together.
This has been another Rapid Reflection from the masculinity detox.