except now....and it hurts me....deeply. i feel like something is wrong with me. the ow...the porn sites, and the on-line sites he was on were all with women outside our race. the mind movies about this really hurt as well.
we have talked about this in mc...and i have talked about it in ic. the reasons he gives me when i ask him why he chose to cheat with women outside of our race...are well....appalling. but i guess the whole infedelity thing is just appalling.
i feel like i am in this wierd kind of competition with women of this race....i feel insecure...like he in some way "prefers" them over me....
he tries to reassure me...and says all the right things...but still, he did that, you know?
i also know that his old cheating buddies also cheated with women outside of their race as well. they would go out and do it together.
as for me, i have been told i am very pretty, i am in good shape, a professional, and i make a nice home for my family. these women that he cheated with outside our race..are well....painfully unattractive...painfully. my h is very handsome....and he chose these women...over me...i am rambling...because it is so hard to talk about.
but it bothers me...and i wanted to see if any of my friends here felt the same way?
whenever we are out together...and a woman of this race is around, i always wonder if he wants her...or is attracted to her.
[This message edited by sri624 at 2:53 AM, July 25th (Thursday)]
..that feeling you get in your stomach, when you heart's broken. It's like all the butterflies just died.
Don't waste your energy beating your self up for what you may be identifying as racist feelings. And, please, don't allow yourself to fixate on this issue that they actually turn into genuine racist feelings.
He cheated with those women because they were available and willing to fuck a married man. They could have been anyone, from any race, or any planet. If a 3 titted woman came down from Mars and validated a WS's ego, they would probably hit that too.
Its another layer in the shit sandwich. So sorry you are going through this.
Im not sure why.
ETA: I do believe had that alien from Mars that BNG mentioned had been posting on craigslist in our area,WH would have been all over that..
[This message edited by confused615 at 5:51 AM, July 25th (Thursday)]
When my husband had his affair last year, the woman was my age, my height, but different complexion, hair color and length. At first I compared myself but I really thought she was unattractive. What made me feel better was to focus on things that are uniquely me. I bought new makeup to play up my best features. I'm letting my hair grow long again just because hers is short with a bad perm. I've always liked my full lips, so now I own many shades of red lipstick and I wear it well. I love being her opposite but it did take a while to get it through my head that he didn't choose her because she was his dream woman. He chose her because she was desperate and needy and it gave him a boost.
You can bet that I am appreciating my curves, the fact that I am taller than average, my breasts, etc. more now! Also, she has curly/frizzy hair and I am celebrating my longer, straight hair that my husband has always loved.
I don't know how to tie this in to race other than men sometimes desire what is forbidden. Or, they get messages early on in puberty that something about a particular race is desireable. You might ask him about this seeming preference and when it started. But, he did not choose to marry someone of that race, which is important to note. I hate to say it, but it is actually kind of a negative about the race in his mind if all of his fantasies are of this race, but he chooses not to have "real" relationships with them, KWIM? It is almost a demeaning thing.
[This message edited by bionicgal at 7:04 AM, July 25th (Thursday)]
Or is the underlying quandary the fact that race really is an issue for you?
Please read Bravenewgirl's post. It's really very accurate. Bringing race into the equation simply adds another layer to an already difficult situation.
However, the first woman he slept with was this exact race. And when I confronted him about it he denied and denied. So he emailed about 20 women and when he decides to sleep with women he choose that one.
Now I've untangled some of his affairs it was with at least 4 different races and one guy.
The only thing he was looking for was someone dumb enough to fall for his stupid stupid fake stories and broken enough to sleep with someone right away they found on CL.
But I'm still working through this. My FWH writes short stories and one of his was having an affair with a woman that was the same race that he first slept with and this was written 2 years before he started cheating. These screamed of premeditiation and maybe it was and maybe it was all the attractive brokeness.
But this is my reality. I can't change my race and they can't change theirs.
maybe you guys are right...it would have been anyone.
but i do know that when he was cheating, he was specific about cheating with women in this race. the bars him and his friends went to was well known for a lot of interracial dating.
i sometimes wonder if he feels like dating outside his race makes him feel like he is on a higher level or something...or if he is doing something "cool." i dont know...i cant explain it. but when he was cheating...and hanging out with his friends...they seemed to ONLY want to cheat with these women outside our race.
he swears with conviction that he would never marry a woman in this race, that he loves me....and our race....but i am not convinced.
and it bothers me that i am bothered by this.
i would be upset no matter who the ow was...i know that...it just adds another layer to the pain.
I was raised in a wonderful home where I never "saw" color. People are people.
My husbands "main" acting out partner is of a certain race, as is his other sexting/sex partners.
It REALLY bothers me. I have had best friends of this race, and now every time I see a woman when we are out together. who fits this,racial,stereotype , I try REALLY really hard not to trigger.
Never mind that I am a "regular" sized person 5'5"...size 8... and his acting out partners are all the height of our youngest child!!!!
Our MC has deduced after many months, that perhaps he was choosing these,particular women because they were SO different to me. Not just racially, but all of them are seriously fucked up mentally and have zero class.
I am working through my new race issues with my counselor, weird that I have one now....adds to my laundry list of ways I've been jacked up by my husbands sex addiction :(
Good luck to you.xoxox
That which doesn't kill me makes me stronger...but damn, aren't I strong enough yet???