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Old 07-08-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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I've asked my boyfriend to stop looking at pictures of women

I've been in a relationship with my boyfriend for the past four years and love hiim dearly. Last summer I discovered he was looking at pictures of women on the internet and was very hurt. It's not that I regard it as cheating, it's just that I feel when he does it, I'm not good enough. From time to time I have also noticed him staring at other women when we're out together. I have also found this extremely hard. For several months, he didn't understand why it was so hurtful (both pictures and looking at other women) and told me I was overreacting. In the past few months, he has been more understanding and said that he has stopped looking at pictures on the internet and looking at other women, but that he might still do it in the future as he tells me that he is not perfect. While I appreciate very much the effort he is making, I don't think this is about him being perfect. I feel that if he loved me enough, he would say - 'listen, if it hurts you, I will not do it again'. I feel that the choice of whether or not to click on a link or picture is pretty simple, especially when you know how much you might hurt the other person. I am afraid I am being unreasonable though. But a big part of me is hurt and is thinking about ending things with him. I would very much appreciate any advice.

 
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:39 PM   #2
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Re: I've asked my boyfriend to stop looking at pictures of women

And you never look at other men?

 
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Re: I've asked my boyfriend to stop looking at pictures of women

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And you never look at other men?
Of course I do! But I never stare, and I do not look at pictures of men on the internet. I realise that men and women are different, but if I'm doing something which is hurtful to my partner, I would want to stop.

 
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Re: I've asked my boyfriend to stop looking at pictures of women

Just because something is "hurtful" to the other person doesn't mean it can't be overreacting and something that's ridiculous to get hurt over. So what if he looks at other women? He's not cheating. I'm sure you probably do some things he finds hurtful as well but doesn't bring it up because it really doesn't matter.

 
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Re: I've asked my boyfriend to stop looking at pictures of women

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It's not that I regard it as cheating, it's just that I feel when he does it, I'm not good enough...I feel that if he loved me enough, he would say - 'listen, if it hurts you, I will not do it again'.
This hurts you because YOU feel inadequate. He's not doing anything to you, but rather it's something that brings out insecurities in you.

Hopefully you haven't told him "if you loved me, you'd stop" because that's dangerous ground there. We can't dictate to others the "correct" way to love us.

How about trying to make it a two way street? Explain that you feel inadequate and not good enough when he looks at other women on the internet and in person. Explaining it that way isn't finger-pointing and placing blame, but rather acknowledging that part of the issue is your own insecurities about yourself. He might be more likely to make more of an effort if he knew why you feel the way you do.

 
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Re: I've asked my boyfriend to stop looking at pictures of women

I can't help but say here, that if my boyfriend said something similar to me, for instance, if he saw me looking up pictures of men and said, "oh, that makes me feel bad that you want to look up pictures of men and stare at them" (depending on how he says it, but if he says it in a way that it made him feel like he wasn't enough for me or something)
I would definitely not look up pictures of men anymore and that's because I would care about his feelings. Depending on the person and the situation I don't see how it would be a "controlling" thing.
If I did something that I know made him feel bad (and he's just being honest and nice to me) than I would stop doing it because I care about him.
Same thing with me, if he was doing something that he knows made me feel bad I'm pretty sure he would stop.

Your boyfriend's reaction to you asking him to not look up pictures of women seems to me like he didn't even know it would bother you which makes me think he's just kinda being innocent about it because if he was thinking "bad" thoughts then he would try to hide it, right?
Maybe he appreciates beauty in an innocent way.
I'm an extremely straight women and sometimes when I'm in a store or somewhere and I see a very beautiful woman I can't help but admire her beauty. Heck, I find my sisters so beautiful sometimes they take my breath away.
So, it doesn't mean that he is finding attraction elsewhere.
Hope this helps


Also, it does seem to me that you may be over reacting a little bit. Maybe you need more confidence in yourself?
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Re: I've asked my boyfriend to stop looking at pictures of women

Although I am married I can still enjoy beauty with my eyes. I can enjoy a sunset, spectacular view or a woman's body. They are all beautiful and none of them diminish my love or desire for my wife. Some things are just pleasing to the eye. Women are chief among those things. It is not a slight against my wife. It is merely the enjoyment of a pretty thing. You should not take your man's ability to appreciate beauty and twist it into a reason for jealousy or strife.

 
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Re: I've asked my boyfriend to stop looking at pictures of women

Just because he has his order doesn't mean he can't see what's on the menu.

 
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Re: I've asked my boyfriend to stop looking at pictures of women

Thanks for your help Chocolate29 - He was actually hiding the pictures from me though, he had forgotten to delete some of his 'history' and that's how I discovered a picture. I think this is one of the things I found most hurtful, the fact that he was hiding it from me, and that, at first when I told him that I found it hurtful, he was angry with me. He is more understanding now though. I suppose it has brought up my insecurities, I suppose I'm just looking for more reassurance from him and I feel I'm not getting that ....

 
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Re: I've asked my boyfriend to stop looking at pictures of women

You have to stop trying to convince a man to do something by giving him an emotional reason for doing so. There's no logical reason that he should stop looking at other women. It's natural for men to look at other women, it's something you have to learn to get over. He's not doing anything that is a problem, the problem is that you're insecure. You need to look within yourself and fix your own insecurities, it has nothing to do with him. Once you're a strong self confident woman, things like this won't bother you. The reason he is hiding this is because he knows it will hurt you if you find out, so he's just trying to prevent you from being hurt.

 
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Re: I've asked my boyfriend to stop looking at pictures of women

Just exactly what do you mean by "looking at other women" on the internet? Do you just mean that he's surfing nude pictures or is he seeking out women at dating sites and looking at their pictures. If it's the later, that's not innocent and should absolutely not be acceptable because that means he's looking for someone else! Communicating with other women(sexually) on the internet is not normal behavior for a man that's in a relationship!
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:33 PM   #12
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Re: I've asked my boyfriend to stop looking at pictures of women

BeaTrade, I was going to ask the same thing! What kind of "looking" is he doing? And by "pictures", do you mean just nude pics or nude pics and videos, etc.? I have kind of a different stance than other people on here, because I was in a relationship with a man who also enjoyed doing this kind of thing. Then he started watching porn like a mad man and then what do you know? He has a new 18 year-old girlfriend. I do not, in any way, mean to scare you or make you believe this will happen in your relationship, but who knows? Do you and your boyfriend have an otherwise healthy relationship? Do you have regular sex? Does he compliment you when you make an effort with your appearance? I think that we need to know more about your situation to really give you an accurate opinion. I am kind of undecided about the issue of men and porn. On one hand I think it is natural for men to be sex crazed, but on the other hand I believe that if a man is truly satisfied, she should have no need to look at other naked women and porn. I also think that innocently surfing the internet looking for say, video game tips, and happening upon a picture of a woman and enjoying it is WAY different than spending significant amounts of time looking at naked women on the internet. Where are you when he does this? Why can't he be spending this time with you? He could be playing a game with you, going on a walk or making love to you, but instead he is looking at other women on the internet. No offence, but I think it is kind of immature and pathetic to waste time doing this. However, you have to give us more details to really understand how all of this is going down. AND, if he is looking at women on dating sites, that is TOTALLY unacceptable.

 
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Thank you everyone for your advice so far - I appreciate it. As for the pictures, as far as I know, it's just nude pictures, and not pornography, although he has said that he used to watch this before, but no longer does it. I am also positive that he doesn't go into chat rooms etc.
We have had a more or less good relationship - although in the past year, I find that I would initiate sex more and at times, find this hard. I know that my own insecurities are part of the problem here - but I see this as only part. Maybe I'm wrong. Most of the time, I feel beautiful and I think I look ok - but the pictures do make me ask why does he need to look at someone else. It's the fact that he actively seeks it out that bothers me - I feel aren't there enough pictures of beautiful women and real women around us out there anyway, with adverts, cinema etc. It's the idea that he actively seeks them out which I find hurtful...
When I make an effort with my clothes, makeup - most of the time he won't say anything and I find this hard.
Also, before I discovered that he was looking at pictures, we had a big argument about a girl that we both knew. Because I saw him looking at her once or twice, and because of other things I won't get into here, I thought that he might have liked her and I told him that I was worried about this. He said I had nothing to worry about - but then, when I had problems with this girl as regards the way she behaved towards me, he wouldn't support me. I was quite angry about it and we would have argued a lot - as, while all this was going on, I was bothered by the fact that he would be checking out girls in bars / cafes when I was right beside him and this confused me as regards the other girl we both knew.
He got very upset about this (over the whole thing about that girl) and said, a few months afterward, that it was then that he started checking out girls more and wondering whether he'd be happier with them. We have since sorted out the thing about the other girl, and I have apologised for getting the wrong end of the stick, but he still brings it up and says how difficult I was about it and that it really upset him.
I was devastated by the fact that he started to think he'd be happier with someone else and that he started checking other girls out more.
So the above, combined with the internet pictures, has me very confused.

 
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Re: I've asked my boyfriend to stop looking at pictures of women

Thank you everyone for your advice so far - I appreciate it. As for the pictures, as far as I know, it's just nude pictures, and not pornography, although he has said that he used to watch this before, but no longer does it. I am also positive that he doesn't go into chat rooms etc.
We have had a more or less good relationship - although in the past year, I find that I would initiate sex more and at times, find this hard. I know that my own insecurities are part of the problem here - but I see this as only part. Maybe I'm wrong. Most of the time, I feel beautiful and I think I look ok - but the pictures do make me ask why does he need to look at someone else. It's the fact that he actively seeks it out that bothers me - I feel aren't there enough pictures of beautiful women and real women around us out there anyway, with adverts, cinema etc. It's the idea that he actively seeks them out which I find hurtful...
When I make an effort with my clothes, makeup - most of the time he won't say anything and I find this hard.
Also, before I discovered that he was looking at pictures, we had a big argument about a girl that we both knew. Because I saw him looking at her once or twice, and because of other things I won't get into here, I thought that he might have liked her and I told him that I was worried about this. He said I had nothing to worry about - but then, when I had problems with this girl as regards the way she behaved towards me, he wouldn't support me. I was quite angry about it and we would have argued a lot - as, while all this was going on, I was bothered by the fact that he would be checking out girls in bars / cafes when I was right beside him and this confused me as regards the other girl we both knew.
He got very upset about this (over the whole thing about that girl) and said, a few months afterward, that it was then that he started checking out girls more and wondering whether he'd be happier with them. We have since sorted out the thing about the other girl, and I have apologised for getting the wrong end of the stick, but he still brings it up and says how difficult I was about it and that it really upset him.
I was devastated by the fact that he started to think he'd be happier with someone else and that he started checking other girls out more.
So the above, combined with the internet pictures, has me very confused.

 
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So he's mad at you because he's acting a jerk and ogling other women which in turn upsets you. Well I'd tell him good luck finding a girl that isn't bother by their man ogling other women...give me a break! He's trying to shift the blame here! He sounds like a real JERK to me!
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