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A fully vaccinated woman has said that her husband has refused to take his face mask off since the start of the pandemic, even leaving it on during sex.
The advice letter was supposedly sent in to Slate, with the woman explaining that her husband has always been 'a little prissy' about illnesses, but that his fear of getting sick has become a problem.
She wrote: "For the last year, he has refused to take off his face mask, even when we are at home - just the two of us. This is true even now that he is fully vaccinated for the virus.
"He wears it to sleep, to do most of his bathroom activities, and, yes, even during lovemaking. To eat, he pulls it up to expose his mouth, and then quickly pulls it back down between bites.
"While he does not insist that I do the same, I can tell it bothers him that I don't-especially because I have now started going maskless outside, per the CDC guidelines, and plan on restaurant dining inside soon for a girls' night out."
She says that when she tries to tell him it's not going to put him at risk, he says that scientists don't fully understand the virus yet, telling her that although he knows it's maybe not necessary, he wants to 'be on the safe side'.
But she goes on to say she disagrees, explaining: "I want to see my beautiful husband's face again. I want to kiss him on the lips romantically, like we used to, and not through a piece of fabric. (He does not change his mask very often and it is often smelly and soiled.) And I don't want to feel judged by him for my own behaviour, which I consider reasonable."
She says she's now worried about their future together, with her mother telling her she should move out, signing off 'Masked and Alone'.
Of course, if we go along with the letter and assume that we're not being tricked by either a prank email to Slate, or by Slate themselves, we can only assume the man should probably speak to someone about his concerns.
The advice given by Slate's agony aunt suggests her 'husband' goes to his doctor to speak about the risks, and seeks out a therapist, telling her to use these things as an ultimatum.
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