After eight years of marriage, I’m calling it quits. Why? I feel that my spouse subjects me to cruelties that no human ought reasonably be expected to bear.
For the past three years or so, when we argue, she will make profane suggestions and insults in explicit language. And this is with no regard for the presence or absence of our young (2-4yo) children. Calling me a fking ahole or suggesting that I f**k my mother or brother are reasonably common examples.
I have told her repeatedly that regardless of our difficulties and differences that this is one tactic that is way out of line. I love my children dearly (my wife knows and acknowledges this) and they do not need to hear this. IMHO, my wife understands my feelings about this issue only too well and uses the profanity strategically.
When pressed, she explains that her behavior is justified. That the pain I feel as a result of her statements is comensurate with how my actions and statements make her feel. Now I’m fairly mild-mannered. I don’t cheat, don’t beat, don’t cuss in front of the kids. That being said, I haven’t been the ideal husband either. And while our prospects are (were?) bright, we haven’t exactly been living in ideal circumstances lo these eight years. But have I done anything that could actually justify my wife’s behavior?
IMHO, this is abuse. Even if it were a justified, I’d still face the near impossibility of renewing intimacy with my abuser. Thus, our marriage’s final curtain call.
But perspective can be a vacuum. Is there something I’m not seeing? I’m interested in getting input about my wife’s justification. Could she be right? In some circumstance, might the repeated use of profane insults and suggestions in front small children actually be justified? I hope that doesn’t sound facetious as I ask it sincerely. And to make this a poll, what exactly IYHO (in your humble opinion) would I have to have done to justify her behavior?