(Closed) Ex-boyfriend said I wasn't "wife material" b/c I couldn't find a full-time job

posted 4 years ago in Relationships
Post # 2
128 posts
Blushing bee

You made the right decision. What an ass.

Post # 3
1507 posts
Bumble bee

You need to find something else to focus your energy on. Join a book club, find some beginner art classes etc. and get doing something else that is fun and low stress. Don’t worry about men right now, it will feel right to go on a date when you are ready!

Post # 4
2292 posts
Buzzing bee

What he said had everything to do with him and nothing — absolutely nothing — to do with you.

He has issues. These issue are not your issues. Don’t let this one man succeed in making you feel like sh*t and like you’re not “wife material”. His nonsense opinion is his, and isn’t likely to be held by any other man you meet, and certainly not the kind of man you should marry.

You got him out of your life, and that was the right decision. Now you need to get him out of your head. Recognize this man for what he is: an ass who’s opinion means absolutely nothing. 

Oh, and you are wife material. The real issue is that he’s not husband material. I feel bad for any woman he feels is suitable for marriage, because they’ll be getting giant jackass for a husband.

Post # 5
3783 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Well he isn’t exactly the definition of a lovingand supportive partner is he? Sounds like you dodged a bullet! Take some time to not even think about guys or dating and just focus on you. Catch up on books you have been wanting to read, explore your hobbies, do some traveling (even locally), and get some girl time with your friends! Wishing you the best and healing!

Post # 6
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Good for you for standing up for yourself and dumping him. What a prick.

Post # 7
581 posts
Busy bee


What a dick! You dodged a bullet there. Good thing he’s an ex.

The economy is pretty crappy right now, I know plenty of 25 year olds in a similar boat. You’ll get there. If you need a break from men and some “you” time- then take it. Focus on other things for a while.

Also: Your ex does not have the right to “judge you” for all other men. He isn’t all men, nor is he representative of any man other than himself. (Which is good, because: dick)


Post # 8
8465 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

Maybe he meant it in a different way, in that his “soul mate” needs to be someone who is highly motivated and career oriented? I know that was one quality that I looked for in my spouse, and just giving an outsider’s perspective, I couldn’t marry someone that was content with working part time or not aspiring to become much. I’m not implying that this is you! Just giving another perspective. Although, in your case, since you were actively seeking full time employment and you still held down part time positions, I think he should have cut you some slack. 

I think it’s really good you’re seeing a psychiatrist. You’re still really young, and you deserve to find someone that treats you like a queen! Just focus on improving your life, and the good guys will come to you!

Post # 9
7524 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Well, hopefully his future wife will never have kids or become disabled and unable to work his requisite 40 hours a week. What an ass- you dodged a bullet! Don’t let him ruin future relationships for you!

Post # 10
325 posts
Helper bee

There are many women who consciously choose not to pursue a career path, in hopes of meeting a guy who will eventually marry and support them. You don’t necessarily sound like one of those people, but it’s not unheard of. I def think my Darling Husband would have paused when it came to proposing as quickly as he did, if I was not financially independent. By financially independent, I mean having a secure and continuous string of income so that I can sustain my own personal lifestyle (without struggling). Also, having some sort of safety-net in savings in the event that I couldn’t work or lost my job. I’m sorry, but I don’t think it’s an unfair standard to have when seeking out a LIFE partner. 

Are you financially independent with your part-time work, OP? I really can’t knock someone who prefers to wait on marrying someone until they have some stability and can financially support themselves… Or, can even help contribute equally to said wedding.

It’s not like he said he didn’t want to be with you whatsoever. He just said he wasn’t ready to get married until you have a more established career. I think it’s a fair and reasonable request. I would not have left, based on that alone. I would have, however, focused on my career search/improving myself and put the wedding talk on the backburner. Instead, you went into a downward spiral. That says a lot. I’d def not worry about relationships for a while, and focus on maintaining your self-improvement journey via therapy. 

Post # 11
7673 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

In fairness to him, I think many of us would hesitate to marry a man who doesn’t have a full time job.

BUT your boyfriend handled it horribly. If you weren’t wife material, he should have ended the relationship ages ago, instead of stringing you along for the last year and a half. Or been understanding that you’re trying hard to get a full time job. Good riddance to him – I’m sure you will find someone much better.

Post # 12
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

i’m VERY proud of you for leaving someone who would treat you like that! you deserve way better and i encourage you to embrace your singledom and enjoy loving yourself. one thing that really helped with my depression was exercise. 🙂 

eeniebeans:  haha! 

Post # 13
4770 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Good for you for leaving.  I think it’s great that you’re taking time to work on yourself and not jumping into a new relationship.  Once you’re happy where you are in life a relationship will come.  I’m not sure y you have trust issues though, your guy was too honest.  At least you didn’t waste too much of your life on him.  Good riddence.  I’m sure you’ll find the guy that treats your right.

Post # 14
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

He handled it very bad but I wouldn’t date anyone with a full-time decent job when I was seriously dating either. I see many women that don’t work full-time and are waiting to be a SaHW/M even a SAHG. Many men do not want that. I wouldn’t either as I just don’t understand it. I don’t know why even wasted your time or led you on if that’s he felt, though. Sorry. I do believe if that messed you up that bad that a counselor/psychologist is the way to go so I’m happy your parents took you.

Post # 15
2789 posts
Sugar bee

You have had a lucky escape from a superficially pleasant man who was secretly a nasty little toad who suddenly showed his true self.  Mean, unloving, smug, self satisfied and a pompous prig.  No doubt he’ll make some woman miserable.

But not you.

You’ll eventually find a prince among men who loves you for yourself.

Date when you’re ready.  He’s out there.


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