(Closed) SO won't propose or think marriage while I'm unemployed?

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
6221 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Is he assuming that if one of you loses a job during your marriage, you will get divorced? Calling your partner undesirable because of unemployment (as long as it’s not chronic) is really not cool.

Post # 4
316 posts
Helper bee

@lawyerchick13:  Oh my goodness. I am so, so sorry that you’re dealing with this. You’re so not in the wrong here- your partner shouldn’t be saying that you’re undesirable! That’s so mean and uncalled for, especially since you haven’t been doing anything to “provoke” him. What does he say when you talk to him about it calmly?

Post # 5
90 posts
Worker bee

@lawyerchick13:  oh goodness – he sounds like he’s got some insecurities lurking somewhere. I think that’s usually the case when someone is lashing out at someone close to them. You’re right – it’s not reasonable for him to fail to see how hurtful those words are. If he’s oblivious about his callousness, maybe it’s time for a little professional assistance? Or maybe it’s time for a more grateful partner? Sorry you’re dealing with this on top of the stress of looking for legal work in this challenging market. He should be the one you can lean on at a time like this, not the one rubbing salt in your wounds.

Post # 6
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Okay, I swore I would never be this bee..


But.. I have to be honest. 


I read your previous posts on here.. and @lawyerchick13:  your S/O sounds like the biggest ASSHOLE. I mean sure, things are great for months at a time but whenever you post.. its something big and its something very destructive and down-right mean.


My question for you is do you really want a proposal? Do you want to spend your life with someone who yes is great on most days.. but when he’s mean he is completely destructive and inconsiderate to the extreme? 


Personally.. I think you deserve way more than this..or anything else you’ve posted. My heart goes out to you and I really hope things change for you. <3

Post # 7
1261 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@lawyerchick13:  Your guy is an ass. He is tearing you down and holding love at ransom. That is sick. His obsessiveness with the subject of why he won’t marry you is very telling. I think he has no intention of ever marrying you, and is latching onto this one thing as a big, giant justification for it.

I think you can also assume that if by some miracle you do get married, he will be divorcing you should you ever lose your job.

Post # 8
9673 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

*hugs* you deserve much better treatment than this!

Post # 9
23 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

@lawyerchick13:  Oh my gosh. I read the title and gasped, then thought, “Well, maybe he has some general concerns that make this not seem THAT bad.” 

Nope. I’m horrified that he said those things to you.

I just passed the bar in my home state and the job market for lawyers is ROUGH. I’m unemployed, no real jobs on the horizon, and I got engaged last Tuesday. I feel awful about not being able to contribute, but my fiance has a plan for us to make all of this work even with me being unemployed. That’s what a couple has to be willing to do, because we’ve all seen the crazy things the economy has done in the past few years. No one’s job is safe.

I’m not saying this to make you feel bad – I want you to know that you are so valuable and worth so much to the world regardless of your job situation or how much money you make. There is no appropriate scenario in which he should be saying those things. If it was just that he had concerns about funding the wedding you want, or wanting to wait to see where your job is located, or what your finances look like after you get a salary and your monthly bills shake out, or anything LOGICAL, it would be understandable. But this seems like he just wants to wait and see what you’re worth financially.


What he said to you is NOT okay.

Post # 10
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

His behavior is a bit worrying I think.  A partnership isn’t only when you can be there for someone, but also when they can be there for you. 

I was without a job for about a month a little over a year ago, its stressful!  I can’t imagine dealing with that stress while your SO isn’t also being supportive of your efforts to work on the situation. 

You deserve someone who will help build you up not tear you down. 

Post # 11
163 posts
Blushing bee

He’s a JERK!!!

Post # 12
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@lawyerchick13:  So if you get a job he’ll propose but then if you lose it before you get married (even 2 days before) he would call the wedding off? my husband proposed when we were students and then lost his job just before we got married, for the first 3 months of our marriage he was unemployed. What difference does it make in the long term? Partners support each other even in the hardest times.

I’m sorry but I would make seeing a counsellor mandatory or leave. I have been on his side of the coin, I have had to pay my dh’s monthly payments, had to feed us. I would never have said any of that to him. Worst I said to him was I’d support him in any decision he took except in changing his career field. He was born an engineer and I wasn’t letting him give that up because he was struggling with depression from losing his job. For him to say thoose things to you in spite of you telling him how it makes you feel, that is the problem. If he didn’t know how you felt about them I could say maybe he just doesn’t realise but he does realise and he does it anyway

Post # 13
1270 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

He’s being an ass and to say no one would want you because of that is rude. If he said that to me I’d probably say, well see who wants a man who acts like an ass. And I’d probably leave his ass.

Post # 14
1251 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@lawyerchick13:  Fiance proposed to me while he was unemployed (after having been laid off due to the economy) and it never occurred to me to say no because of this. For better or worse. 



Post # 15
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Unless it turns out to be a misdirect, and even so considering that it hurts you deeply and you’ve expressed that clearly, that’s a dick move. I also don’t want to get engaged while unemployed, but mostly due to wedding savings/costs rather than monetary partnership, so I see where you’re both coming from, but that just seems, from a totally outside perspective mind you, emotionally manipulative. My partner is unemployed and I fully value him! If he weren’t actively trying to remedy that, I might reconsider on the basis of whether he’ll be a good and full partner throughout our relationship, but that’s a wholly different story. Unemployment happens in most modern American long-term relationships, and a big part of marriage/similar arrangements is supporting that emotionally and financially.

Post # 16
7560 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I don’t think this guy deserves you. I am horrified that he would say that. Are you sure that there aren’t other problems in the relationship? I don’t feel like a guy would just say that out of the blue. 

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