Me [16F] with my boyfriend [M 17] of two year's little brother [14 M], making me uncomfortable, not sure how to handle it. (self.relationships)
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Let me start of by saying my boyfriend's little brother is a sweet kid, I love him like he's my own family, but he has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, PDD to be exact, so his social skills and behavior aren't really what people would consider "normal", he's socially inept, and fixates on things, as someone who's spent a lot of time around autistic people, I'm understanding, and accepting of this.
My boyfriend and I have been together for two years, and I've been coming around the family, including his brother, for a year and a half, and I'm now treated as a family member, so we've all grown comfortable around one another. However, my boyfriend's autistic little brother has been doing something odd that makes me uncomfortable.
Whenever I'm around him, he starts trying to pull off my socks. It started off with him occasionally when I'd be waiting in the living room while my boyfriend would be working on his car, or letting the dog out, but then yesterday he ripped off both of my socks and started tickling my feet. I calmly asked him to stop, but I was also laughing pretty nervously, because it makes me uncomfortable. I asked my boyfriend about this, and he's only done this once prior, with his little female friend that he had a crush on.
It bothers me because I've never welcomed any physical contact between us, because I'm not comfortable with it. I'm also not comfortable with him removing my socks because it's very odd, and I don't like to be touched by most people, especially a male that's much larger than me, and I don't like having my feet touched by anyone at all. He's harmless, but this is out of my comfort zone and a minor invasion of my space. How should I handle this?
~~~ TL;DR- My boyfriend's autistic brother keeps messing with my socks/feet, it makes me super uncomfortable. Want him to stop. How do I make him stop?
166 comments submitted at 19:49:58 on Jan 26, 2014 by Sockward