Divorced 2009, Closing on house Nov 2011 -
No longer waiting for the other "she" to drop.
He's proven he's not willing to do that because it's the right thing to do. Until you enforce a real consequence, like kicking him out, this horrible painful place you are in will continue on with no end in sight.
New rings are a distraction to buy him more time. You can't expect him to come out of his fog until you come out of yours.
Please let us help you. The things you are doing won't get you your desired result.
He changed his mind on the rings because it was meaningless bullshit to him. Please realize this.
The person keeping you in this painful place is you. We can help you out of it.
Delay is the deadliest form of denial. - C. Northcote Parkinson
Your standards aren't up for negotiation just because he/she can't meet them.
I believe yewtree is referring to your use of the term "indian giver" as being offensive.
its politically incorrect.
dont worry about the rings. His behavior is more important and telling.
Ignorance of its meaning is no excuse!
MODS please remove this immediately.
As a person of Native American culture, and raised on a reservation - you have no idea these simple offensive words have caused...
I associate it as using the "N" word to the African American population -- and that is absolutely horrible!
There are two popular etymologies for this term for a person who gives a gift only to later demand its return. The first is that it is based on an unfair stereotype of Native Americans, that they don't keep their word. In the other popular explanation, the term doesn't cast aspersions on Native Americans, instead it echoes the broken promises the whites made to the Indians. Neither is accurate, although the first is closer to the truth.
Instead the term comes from different commercial practices. To the Native Americans, who had no concept of money or currency, gifts were a form of trade goods, of exchange. One didn't give a gift without expecting one of equivalent value in return. If one could not offer an equivalent return gift, the original gift would be refused or returned. To the Europeans, who with their monetary-based trade practices, this seemed low and insulting, gifts were not for trade but were to be freely given.
The noun Indian gift dates to 1765. Indian giver follows about a century later in 1865. Originally, these reflected simply the expectation of a return gift. By the 1890s, the sense had shifted to mean one who demands a gift back.
If you find this thread upsetting, please leave it so it doesn't further detract off the original content
My tolerance for stupid shit is getting less and less.
I think you have to face a few things:
- He's not remorseful.
- Either this A or another was likely physical. If your gut doesn't believe it, you shouldn't believe it, especially if you have no polygraph to back it up.
I know you are hurt immeasurably but it's better to know these things now so you can decide what to do. And I know it isn't much but happy belated birthday, ok? You made it another year in life and though that may feel like no consolation now but you are alive and that is worth celebrating, even if by yourself.
Hugs to you.
P.S. I know you didn't mean for it to be but yes, the thread title is racist and offensive. I say this with love and understanding that you did not know it. Let's make sure this remains a safe space for EVERYONE by asking the mods to change the title.
From NPR's CodeSwitch Blog on race:
The concept of an "Indian gift" or an "Indian giver" traces its roots back to at least the 1700s. In his 1765 History of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, "Thomas Hutchinson defined an Indian gift as a present "for which an equivalent return is expected."
During their legendary journey West in 1804, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark often encountered Indians over the course of their travels. The picture the pair paints of Indians and their culture was not pretty. Lewis and Clark frequently suspected Indians of either stealing their belongings or plotting to do so. Gifts in particular, as Thomas P. Slaughter points out in his book Exploring Lewis and Clark: Reflections on Men and Wilderness, frequently created problems for the explorers.
Slaughter writes that in one instance, a group of Indians offered Lewis and Clark some roots, which the explorers rejected because they felt that "[the Indians'] expectation for those presents of a few roots is three or four times their real worth." Turning down the gift, however, insulted their hosts and led Lewis and Clark to label the Indians "forward and impertinent, and thievish," in their journals.
Author David Wilton argues in his 2004 book Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends that the concept of an "Indian gift" arose when white settlers misinterpreted the Native American concept of bartering:
"To an Indian, the giving of gifts was an extension of this system of trade and a gift was expected to be reciprocated with something of equal value. Europeans, upon encountering this practice, misunderstood it, considering it uncouth and impolite. To them, trade was conducted with money and gifts were freely given with nothing expected in return. So this native practice got a bad reputation among the white colonists of North America and the term eventually became a playground insult."
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Alas, it isn't true that "we can all agree" that the phrase is inappropriate. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines an "Indian giver" as "a person who gives something to another and then takes it back or expects an equivalent in return." The term, the dictionary notes in italics, is "sometimes offensive."
Sigh. Even now, in 2013, the dictionary definition of the phrase only deems it sometimes offensive. While it's always startling to discover ingrained racism in the dictionary, even more jaw-dropping is the definition from 1962's Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins by William and Mary Morris.
The entry begins on a progressive (for 1962) note, as the authors applaud the recent trend in film that rejected "the old concept of the Indian as a ruthless, bloodthirsty warrior." The article's conclusion, however, is stunning:
"If you are willing to concede that the Indians occasionally employed trickery in their dealings with the whites, you will understand why the white man came to use the word Indian as a synonym for 'bogus' or, to use a favorite adjective of children, 'pretend.' So an Indian giver is, in a youngster's own language, only a 'pretend giver.'"
Emphasis mine [meaning, NPR's]. Note the usage of the words "trickery", "bogus" and "pretend." It should also be noted that the dictionary this passage appeared in was right on the shelf of my local library — a stark reminder that while language evolves, the reference section doesn't always catch up. William and Mary Morris probably did not realize it at the time, but in this one paragraph, they managed to neatly summarize about 200 years of stereotypes about Native Americans.
[This message edited by determinata at 11:23 PM, August 28th (Thursday)]
6 years of TT, hidden STD & false R
Separated 5 mos+; he will not commit
Someday I will be okay
We have heard you... Mods, I will send a separate message
Or just google that term plus 'slur' or 'racist' and you'll find tons of links and further reading.
I say this because kaylee obviously didn't realize the weight/history of that term when naming her thread that - but considering how many people recognize it as such, I think it will probably continue to detract from her hearing from a variety of folks who might have support/advice for her, because it's hard to get past that slur staring them in the face. Just my 2 cents.
Others will have better advice for you, kaylee, than I, but it sounds to me like your H is the one being the ass, not you. Of course you brought it up again - I would have too! He promised you a deeply symbolic gift that you got excited about and now he's going back on his word so casually. Did you ask him what changed?
Think of the haters in your life as sandpaper; they’ll scratch you up time and time again but in the end you’re polished, smooth, and spotless..while they end up useless
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
I've changed the title of your thread due to members threadjacking it despite our earlier flag for them to step away.
Hopefully this change will lead to more constructive support