My husband signed up online dating
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So my confusion began early on when I expected her to treat me neutrally or better – not like the enemy.It was as if, before ever meeting me, her mind created this horrible person and she placed that image, like a mask, onto me.
It feels different, because it feels more like I’m rejecting a person, well, personally, rather than saying they aren’t the right fit or we had more qualified applicants. I do indeed think the etiquette for rejection in different in these two situations: It’s much more acceptable not to reply to messages from would-be suitors on online dating sites than it is for employers not to reply to job applicants.I also think I would get more pushback of the kind hiring managers sometimes get when we reject an applicant. Part of it is just a difference in conventions — the professional conventions for hiring are different than the conventions for online dating.Employers are expected to close the loop when someone sends them business correspondence, which is what a job application is. Since my life isn’t together, I think you’ll reject me. This letter is a call for humility – to stop blaming the opposite sex for the downfall of your relationships and to take responsibility for the things you can control. When I was 31, I hadn’t thrown out the list, my life wasn’t together, I was dating the wrong person, I needed to date more to understand what I like, I wasn’t able to appreciate the right woman until life kicked my ass, and I was too focused on what I was getting instead of what I was giving.As a result, everyone involved is expected to handle rejection reasonably professionally.
(Not that they always do, of course, but there’s more of an expectation of it.) But a really big part of it is the reality that most women doing online dating quickly learn that if they send polite rejections to men who contact them, they’ll receive an enormous number of hostile and even abusive responses.
And you can’t always tell who those are going to come from!
You might think it would be more likely with the dudes whose initial messages are already a little sketchy, but it’s not uncommon to also receive abusive responses to rejection from the guy whose first message was polite, unassuming and/or charming.
I didn’t know it at the time, but I was doomed from the start and destined for never-ending conflict with a woman I had never met.
I entered the relationship with my husband with preconceived notions of his ex based on what I had seen growing up in my own family; My mom and stepmom getting along fabulously.
It’s astonishingly self-aware, and is the kind of letter I wish I received more, instead of the one blaming men for all the ills of the world.