Bad Texting Behavior Is Unacceptable

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling site, podcast and app, Love Essentially columnist and author

This is a fact. I know at least three women who are victims of bad texting behavior. Each has gotten texts from their ex-husbands that include calling them a “C You Next Tuesday”, sometimes multiple times in one text. Isn’t that sick? When it comes to texting your ex, (and this is for both men and women) you better think twice! Name calling is not only disrespectful and disgusting, it’s unacceptable!

I don’t care how angry or bitter someone is, or how unjust the divorce was. I don’t care if the girl did something completely unforgivable and unacceptable. I don’t care if she slept with 20 people while you were married. There is absolutely no excuse to call the person a “C You Next Tuesday.” EVER!

What amazes me is that a guy who is texting that is so angry and beyond control, that he doesn’t even realize the power of  putting something in writing. The girl can show it to anyone (including a judge, attorney, or friends and family.) Is a person that out of control with anger, that they are that stupid?

When someone calls you that (a C You Next Tuesday) it makes you feel dirty and disgusting and just bad about yourself. It makes you sick. It’s the worst feeling in the world. So, if that’s your intention, you fulfilled it. But, think about this. You are disrespecting, not only the mother of your children (in some cases) but a woman you stood next to at the altar and made vows to God with. Do you really want to reduce things to this level?

Here’s another scenario. Recently, I was sitting at the bar of a really nice restaurant with a good friend of mine. We were sipping red wine and chatting, when all of a sudden I noticed the couple sitting next to us, standing up, like they were about to leave. They both looked like they were in their 50’s. They were kissing, and they really seemed genuinely happy.

Instinctively, I surmised that both were divorced and that they hadn’t been dating very long, just because that type of PDA only happens with couples who have been together less than six months, right?

Anyhow, the guy leaves (I assumed to go get the car) and of course, I lean over and say to the woman, “I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but I am just so happy for you. You seem like you are really happy and in love. How wonderful!”

This is where things get a little weird. The woman comes closer to us, and starts telling us how dysfunctional the relationship is and how this guy is really, really bad for her. She tells us that she had to move in with her mother after her divorce from the man she was with for 30 years. She says she knows being with him is wrong, but she can’t help it because it’s so hard to meet people.

My friend and I both start saying, “Are you sure? He seems really nice. You look so happy together.”

She then starts saying how the guy is sometimes abusive and mean, and that she knows she shouldn’t be with him but she can’t help it.

At this very moment, the guy walks back in and his demeanor has completely changed, and he is angry and aggressive and for lack of a better word, a complete jackass. He says, “Come on Woman! I’ve been waiting out there!!”

The woman starts trying to introduce us, since we are fellow divorcees and all, and the guy completely ignores her and shouts, “Do you want to walk home woman?! Get in the car now!”

At this moment, my friend grabs her arm and whispers, “Stay with us. I’ll drive you home. I promise.” And I say, “Please, we mean it.”

This is the saddest part of the story. She follows the guy out.

Here is what I cannot understand. Why is this woman letting her boyfriend treat her like this? Why would any woman put up with that? Clearly she is lacking self esteem and she is afraid to be alone, so she would rather be with a man like him than stay single, (which in my opinion would probably only be for a little while till she met someone else.)

Why do women let men treat them badly? I can almost understand it when a person is in their early 20’s. You make mistakes and you look back and you say, “I can’t believe I stayed in that relationship after the way he treated me.” But as an older person, in your 40’s or 50’s, if you are still letting men treat you with such disrespect and abuse, you’ve got issues. Big time.

I’m not judging. I promise. When I first got divorced, I can remember someone I was dating treating me badly (nothing like the woman in the bar) but still, I hated myself for putting up with the way he treated me on a couple of occasions, like one night, he was just downright rude to me for no reason, to the point I ended up in tears.

I am seeing this more and more: men feel they are allowed to treat a woman with disrespect, to yell at her, to call her names, to get aggressive with her, and say cruel things and the women put up with it! Where is this coming from?

Disclaimer: I am only speaking about certain men. I know a ton of men who are kind, polite, sweet and who treat their girlfriends and wives and even their ex’s with true respect. So, I am not generalizing. I am speaking about some of the ones I’ve seen who are just awful. I also want to say that I’ve seen women who treat their boyfriends or their husbands so dreadfully bad, that I want to cry. But that’s not the subject of this blog.

My point is, what has happened to strong, independent women? Do we really need a man that badly that we’re willing to sacrifice our self esteem and accept that low, low standard?

What I want to say to women, ALL women, married, single, divorced, separated is never forget where you came from. In my case, it’s an amazing, strong, loving family who made me the person I am today, and who I feel proud to be represented by each and every day. For others, it might be the amazing children you’ve raised, or a wildly successful career that you put your guts into.

What I saw in that bar I will remember for a long, long time, clearly as an example of a woman lacking self love and self respect. I hate that guy, and I’m disappointed in that woman. (She was really cute, by the way.) The whole thing is sad.

Just remember that everyone has something. And instead of focusing on not having a boyfriend, and not wanting to be alone, put your energy into your achievements for now, your family, your kids, your work, your friends.

There are SO many good guys out there, guys who know how to be nice to a woman, guys who don’t have it in their makeup to call a woman horrible names, guys who don’t cross that line. Hold out for those guys! They’re out there. Be patient. Focus on yourself and he’ll be here soon.

And if you are a guy, and you’ve EVER called your ex (or any woman) a “C You Next Tuesday,” PLEASE. Just tell yourself you will never do that again. Take it out of your vocabulary and find another way to deal with your anger.



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    Divorced Girl Smiling is here to empower, connect and inspire you. Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling, the site, the podcast and the app. A former television journalist and newspaper features reporter, Pilossoph is also the author of four novels and the writer of her weekly relationship column, Love Essentially. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism and lives in Chicago with her two teenagers. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

    4 Responses to “Bad Texting Behavior Is Unacceptable”

    1. Patty Wolf

      Hi Jackie,

      Just read the blog. It was actually hard to relive that night. That poor woman. Makes me feel so grateful for what I do have. Take Care–Patty

    2. Ruby

      I did not know what “C You Next Tuesday” meant and had to read it a few times to “get it!” LOL I’m either totally out of it, or I’m lucky that I’ve never heard of that reference! It IS so sad when women allow themselves to be treated badly, but like you said it’s probably a matter of settling for something that’s half bad/half good rather than risk having nothing. Not all women are as strong as you, Jaye, or come from such a supportive family but I hope that after reading your blog, those women can find strength from within and stand up for themselves!! Keep up the great work!!

    3. Maro Eliot

      Hi Jackie,
      I couldn’t be more in agreement with you. First of all, ANY woman who would allow a man to call her a derogatory name must feel that she has no self worth. Secondly, that is only the beginning to a relationship that will become abusive. Why would someone be so desperate?

      I do, unfortunately, know of women who would rather be with an abusive man than be on their own. How sad. It would seem that time would be better spent on working to improve their self esteem.

      I have had my share of bad dates ( no one has called me names but the relationships have been unhealthy on other levels) . As an independent and strong woman I have discovered that my emotions present a tough challenge and have caused me to remain to long in the wrong relationships.
      I have written about them in AskAveryAnything: A Woman’s Journery through Midlife dating. The corresponding website allows women to not only share their experiences but hear from other women who are looking for answers as well. Strength in numbers!


      • Alisa Bay

        Maro, I’ve read Ask Avery Anything, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for writing such an honest and insightful book! I’ve shared it with my friends who completely related to your experiences. They were laughing and crying right along with you!


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