Does your mother know?

He is a thin, slight man with a delicate nose and constitution. Always in the company of a combative, protective woman. His shadow is dense with murmurs of his femininity.
He gets married, and everyone giggles. They meet his wife — a stocky, moustachioed woman with a buzz cut — and the mirth deepens.
An arrangement evident.
He draws a colleague aside one day to express concern about a fellow worker.
“He’s overly friendly with the girls,” he says, “His jokes are off-colour. I’m afraid they will be offended and complain. Should I talk to him?”
“The girls see him as one of them,” says his friend.
“Oh,” he says, “You mean he’s a gay?”


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