“Sugardaddy-adjacent” for some reason that made me laugh out loud.
I have to wonder what happened to his guy, who screwed him up. I don’t mean to take the blame off of him, at all — he’s a damn adult, but wow that seems deeply ingrained in him. Maybe his mother was a world-class gold digger and that’s where he learned his worth from. I definitely think “self-esteem,” as well, but, damn, this goes beyond what I would expect. I mean, it’s not like you brushed him off or anything (pre-forced-assests-revelation), and I imagine he would have had to date exclusively gold-digging women long enough to completely twist his perception of a woman’s priorities, even when gently corrected more than once, but that also seems logistically improbable.
I doubt he meant it this way, but I imagine it could make a woman feel like she’s being treated, though kindly, a bit like a prostitute.
It’s a mystery. :/