11/7/99 Advice Column
We were scheduled to attend a banquet this Saturday. My mate called and said he was canceling that engagement due to some friends inviting him to dinner. I was not included or given the option of attending. I don't feel this is how a committed relationship should work. Am I wrong in this thinking? I would naturally include him in such an invitation and then give him the option on whether he wanted to attend.
Can you clarify the best way this should be approached when it comes to our social life. Is is ok for him to feel that he should have these friends and not share (I have met them before) at all. By the way, these are female friends and he doesn't reveal to people that we are a couple. How do you feel about that? He feels that what he does in his life is no ones business. Thanks for your opinions.
Committed couples make plans with each other and keep them. One of them doesn't go running off, leaving the other high and dry, because they've gotten a more enticing offer.
If your mate can't keep a simple agreement to go to a banquet with you, how can you trust him to keep more difficult commitments, such as fidelity?
Speaking of fidelity, if he's not telling his women friends that you and he are a couple, that's a big red flag. A man who is going to be faithful always lets people know up front that he's committed; he certainly doesn't break a date with you to go out with female friends who think he's available.
How should all this work? Couples who are successful at commitment don't make unilateral social decisions. Before making plans, they consult with each other. If either one is going to do something on their own, it doesn't come as a surprise. And it never conflicts with the times when they're supposed to be together. Those dates are written down in ink - and ALWAYS kept. After all, if you're number one in his life, then you're supposed to come first, not after his friends.
Your mate is telling you he's committed, but he's hiding it from his women friends. Further, he can't be counted on to keep his engagements with you. He wants you to feel committed, but he's saying "what he does in his life is no ones business." It sounds to me like he's selfish, immature, untrustworthy and not a good prospect for a relationship. You could find yourself alone on New Year's Eve while he's off on a hot date. Don't entangle your life with his until he changes. Otherwise you'll wind up very unhappy.
Rules for love are hard to enforce because everything changes depending on who you're with. One guy could be a no-sex-ever guy, another could be a sex-maybe-in-six-months guy, and another could be an "I want him now," type of man. Obviously you've got the third kind. You're an adult and so is he, and if you decide to break your rule, that's okay. After all, you made the rule, you get to break it. Or maybe you need new rules.
So you're going to be swept away by passion and you're going to make love with him and break your three-month rule. That's fine. Just remember, if you're going to do it, do it and enjoy it. Don't make half-hearted love or beat yourself up for it afterwards because you're breaking your rule. If you're gonna do it, do it whole-heartedly and without regrets.
Of course, get those HIV tests right away, and in the meantime, be sure he uses a condom. And don't expect to own him after you make love. Make a conscious effort not to change to a clingy woman just because he had sex with you. Be sure that you remain the same woman he was attracted to in the first place. Often, when a woman has sex with a man, she expects the whole relationship to change, and she changes. She becomes demanding and possessive. Having sex doesn't mean you get to control him. It just means you get to enjoy him.
So what is my deep psycological problem that I need to work on? While we are on the subject, exactly how tall are you again?
On the other hand, your fascination for short women could be because you're insecure and feel that a short woman would be easier to control since you're bigger than her. Or a short woman could make you feel taller.
Of course, it's a big mistake for men to pick short women because they think they're easy to control. Short women often compensate for being short by being really tough and independent. Some of the most successful women executives are short women. Just because a woman is short doesn't mean she is easy to control.
No fetish is sick as long as it doesn't cause harm or pain to another person, although some fetishes definitely seem weird to those who don't have them. But short women as a fetish seems pretty harmless to me, as long as your wife doesn't get upset with all that leering at other short women. After all, there are men who only like tall women, or fat women or thin women. It's no big deal.
And for your information, I'm not that short.
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