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Monday, January 13, 2014

SLLLOTD: Premarital Counseling

Posted by Dan Savage on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Originally posted April 11, 2012.

My fiancé and I have been together for six years. We're both 27. About a year ago, he admitted to me that he is bi—which I was surprised about. I told him that I was bi-curious. We have had talks about meeting with other couples. I am very insecure. I have been with very few men and no women (beyond kissing). Today, he told me that a few weeks ago he signed us up on a personals website and posted a picture of me naked from the waist down on the site. I was shocked and upset. I have NEVER posted nude pics of myself anywhere! I felt this was a violation of my privacy. He says that I wasn't actively doing anything about getting outside partners, so he wanted to show me that I'm attractive and that other people thought so. He got angry when I tried to explain why I was upset. He said that if this is how I'm going to react, he'd take the whole thing down. When I tried again to explain that I was hurt that he didn't talk to me first and I actually did want to see the responses, he said, "Fuck it," he was giving up, and he refused to show me the responses.

1. Is it that ludicrous to be upset about naked pics of me being posted on the internet without my knowledge?

2. Do I deserve time to think about the naked-pic situation before he gives up?

3. Does he have a right to feel angry with me for being initially upset?

What Should I Do?

My response after the jump...

1. No.

2. Yes, you deserve some time to think about the naked-pic situation. You might also want to carve out a little time to think about the whole engaged-to-a-manipulative-and-petulant-piece-of-shit situation.

3. No, he does not. Your reaction was not only understandable, WSID, it was one he should've anticipated. Maybe he thought it would be easier to ask for forgiveness than permission, and maybe he thought it wasn't a big deal because it wasn't a face pic, and maybe he hoped positive responses would heal your insecurities and prompt you to retroactively approve of his actions. He was wrong. But instead of apologizing for his thoughtlessness—instead of taking responsibility for his actions—your fiancé attempted to shift the blame onto you. (You weren't actively seeking out sex partners so, like, what other choice did he have?) He's the one who fucked up, and yet you're the one who's in trouble. If he can't apologize, WSID, if he can't stop trying to blame you for his own stupidity, if he doesn't stop withholding those responses from you, per your request, you really should rethink your plans to marry this man. Bi and sexually adventurous are great traits in a mate, dishonest and emotionally abusive are not.

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