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bobbaboona Mon 22-Feb-16 00:49:16

first off I'm a bloke. Second I was sexually abused as a child. Third I've always been uncomfortable with trust and relationships as a result. Fourth I've always lacked self confidence. Fifth I've over eaten as a means of control and am overweight.
Like most blokes I've always been sensitive to the size of my manhood but the tape measure says I'm average (honest).
Problem is my partner constantly makes fun of its size, even to my step daughters (who are over 18). She knows it upsets me, knows my issues but says it's just a joke so get over it. I know this is probably right (although I don't agree that the step daughters should be involved) but it plays on my inner most worries.
It's really eating into my self confidence but whenever I raise it as an issue it's dismissed as a joke.
What should I do?

DustyMaiden Mon 22-Feb-16 00:54:27

LTB

NewNameNotTheSame Mon 22-Feb-16 00:55:14

The only thing that is a joke is your partner.

Get rid. I'm assuming she is picture perfect?

whitershadeofpale Mon 22-Feb-16 00:57:27

Leave the nasty cow.

People do have different ways of bantering but if you've explained that you find it upsetting and she's continuing to belittle you then that is horrible and frankly abusive.

MyKingdomForBrie Mon 22-Feb-16 00:58:53

Christ what a bitch! If she won't stop and cannot take you seriously then get rid.

TheOptimisticPessimist Mon 22-Feb-16 00:58:59

Well she sounds like a charmer hmm

It's not just a 'joke'. She's intentionally and repeatedly saying something she knows is upsetting and hurtful. You absolutely shouldn't be expected just to suck it up and put up with it.

How long have you been together?

DramaAlpaca Mon 22-Feb-16 00:59:43

I don't normally comment on threads in relationships, but this is nasty abusive behaviour and I agree with the others.

Leave.

SomeKindOfDeliciousBiscuit Mon 22-Feb-16 00:59:57

Yes, LTB. She's undermining you for her own entertainment. You deserve better - everyone does.

4rugrats Mon 22-Feb-16 01:04:29

I do think it's banter and I've probably made a rod for my own back by playing along for a long time. I went to therapy for the old stuff a couple of years back which is when I was able to confide in her but the banter continues.

4rugrats Mon 22-Feb-16 01:09:46

Been together 10 years. Don't dismiss the first bit - I've never been able to really be myself in relationships because I find it hard to trust people so I know my partner's suffered with that by trying to second guess what I'm thinking and feeling. She's been very supportive and suggested therapy in the first place but doesn't seem to buy in to the results or change her own behaviour.

ijustwannadance Mon 22-Feb-16 01:16:24

You lack trust in people.
You finally trust your DP enough to explain your past.
She then uses that as a weapon against you.
This is emotional abuse.
She is a bitch who is belittling you in front of others.

Leave and find someone who makes you feel able to be yourself completely.

WallToWallBastards Mon 22-Feb-16 01:32:51

Absolutely vile behaviour, there's thousands of people out there who would love you unconditionally and not make you feel shit about yourself.

ridemesideways Mon 22-Feb-16 01:32:59

It is emotional abuse when she continues to deliberately humiliate you. I assume you have serious face, ask her to stop, leave the room?

GoldfishCrackers Mon 22-Feb-16 01:34:50

LTB

Blacksheep78 Mon 22-Feb-16 01:41:02

A joke is something that is told once, laughed about, and then forgotten.

This woman in not somebody that has your best interests at heart, as she should if she was a loving, caring partner. Has she ever been with you to counselling? Will she if you ask? FWIW, if she won't, then I don't see why you would want to stay with her. There are plenty of women out there who will appreciate you.

How do you think she would like it if you countered her "banter" with some of your own - possibly suggesting that if she had a 'normal' sized ..... then you wouldn't seem so small. Oops did I say that out loud?

SoThatHappened Mon 22-Feb-16 02:09:23

I was going to say the same blacksheep78.

Say the problem is not you, she has a bucket sized vagine.

Or make fun of her droopy tits, saggy arse or whatever.

SoThatHappened Mon 22-Feb-16 02:09:47

Or just leave

MaryRobinson Mon 22-Feb-16 03:17:23

Don't stoop to her level. Just walk away.

Quodlibet Mon 22-Feb-16 04:06:56

This is horrible behaviour.
My partner has a similar sensitivity (he has no need to, but as you say it's a common male insecurity) and the thought of using that as a weapon to belittle him makes me feel sick. It's such a horrible thing to do.

She's not right, you don't need to 'probably just get over it'. She's using your insecurity as a means of indirectly getting power over you which is not the action of a loving person.

CanadianJohn Mon 22-Feb-16 05:17:00

I never thought I'd say this, but LTB

NinjaLeprechaun Mon 22-Feb-16 05:55:49

"She's been very supportive and suggested therapy in the first place but doesn't seem to buy in to the results or change her own behaviour."
Yes, I've been on the end of a similar "you should get therapy - " suggestion. It's very subtle abusive behaviour, but it's abusive nonetheless.
What they don't tell you is that the rest of the sentence either goes " - to make my life easier, because I don't want to deal with your problems." or "- because there's obviously something wrong with you for thinking that I'm not right all the time."

HelpfulChap Mon 22-Feb-16 06:09:42

Mate, I'm a confident fella but constant remarks like that would steadily erode your self-esteem. If it is a private or in joke between you and the Mrs which you both find funny then all well and good but if she knows it upsets you she should cease and desist. Doing in front of your stepdaughters is unacceptable.

I would tell her in no uncertain terms.

VashtaNerada Mon 22-Feb-16 06:21:18

You need to find a quiet moment to tell her you're not finding it funny. If she apologises, is mortified, and never does it again your relationship might have a future. If she continues, then I think you have a problem.

Intheprocess Mon 22-Feb-16 07:16:16

She's using this technique to mask her own insecurities. What sort of person deliberately inspires insecurity in others as a way of dealing with their own problems? Not one I'd want to be with. Is this the only way she makes you feel like your failing?

tingon Mon 22-Feb-16 08:14:12

The name change is confusing.

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