If you don't like to purl, but want the look of stockinette stitch, learn to knit in the round! Miles of knit stitch, no pesky purls in sight!
Also, later when you've got knitting in the round down, and want to make a cardigan, learn to steek!
or you can knit with the yarn in your left hand, and cross your stitches? Annie Modesitt does something funky that is different than continental or English-style, (combo-style? anyone? anyone?) and I think it makes purling easier...or I could be making that up, I don't remember.
It's just like my husabnd says about push-ups and sit-ups, the only way to get better at them, (and since he could be fired by the military if he isn't good at them, this is important) is to do them! So do some 2x2 ribbing or reverse stockinette, and go wild. Make some dishcloths in interesting stitch patterns that are heavy on purling. Try some cabling with purl panels to offset the cables in knit stitch.
Or read lots of Elizabeth Zimmerman and learn to love the look of garter stitch!