Why Do Men Keep Mistreating Me?

January 28, 2014  |  

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From Essence 

Dr. Sherry,

I am a young educated woman who sometimes struggles on the dating scene. I have only had one major relationship in the past and it wasn’t the best. My ex was abusive and he cheated and lied a lot. I was so naive, I believed him and accepted him back into my life. I finally got to a point where I was completely done with that and ready to casually date.

My casual dating led me to meet this extremely handsome guy. Let’s say his name was Tee. Tee and I dated for about five months. He really was a good guy until we became sexually active. The sex was amazing but he treated me worse than my ex.

We would see each other out at sporting events or parties, and he wouldn’t acknowledge my presence while in public. I felt belittled by his lack of acknowledgement outside of the bedroom. Unfortunately, Tee and I continued to have casual, drive -by- sex for years.

It wasn’t until I found out that Tee had a girlfriend and a baby on the way that I decided to completely call it off. I was heartbroken all over again. I’m so young and I don’t want these early experiences with men to continue to deter me from jumping out there and dating again. I need help, Dr. Sherry.

Sincerely,

Lonely In Atlanta

Read Dr. Sherry’s response at Essence.com 

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