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'Am I the A**hole For Not Liking How My Girlfriend Dresses For Work?'

By Petr Knava | reddit | November 11, 2020 |

By Petr Knava | reddit | November 11, 2020 |


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We cover Reddit’s ‘Am I the A**hole’ subreddit here quite often. It’s an…interesting place. Mostly due to the fact that it has you constantly on guard, trying to discern which entries there are genuine and which are just troll posts. It’s a particular skill you learn, being able to pick up on the tells that indicate a post is just a little bit too ridiculous to be true. But then again, the older I get, the more the behaviour of real human beings surprises me. Sometimes there just seems to be no bottom to the ludicrous sh*t we get up to. So, in that spirit, here’s an AITA post that jumped out at me this morning while I was having breakfast. It may be fake. It may be real. I honestly can’t tell. Common sense would say, ‘No one could actually behave like this.’ But then I’m sure we’ve all seen behaviour that makes zero sense. So, here it is, this bloke asks:

So I (43M) don’t think I’m in the wrong here, but my mother is very angry at me, and my best friend said I was a horrible person for saying what I did and I’d be lucky if my girlfriend didn’t put me out with the garbage, since I decided I wanted to act like trash.

My girlfriend (34F) is a preschool teacher and for some reason I can’t explain she dresses like Ms. Frizzle. Like a dress with the pattern of whatever they are studying. She makes a lot of them herself, now including matching masks. The kids love it, and the parents seem to think it’s great. I don’t like the amount of attention she gets honestly. I’d prefer if she came home and changed before running any errands.

On Friday, she helped my mom with something after work and she was still in her weird dress. I have told her before I don’t like when she dresses that way, but she tells me I don’t have to like it, but I have no right to tell her how to dress. I was upset she went out like that with my mother, and told her that my mom said she was embarrassed and to ask that she please not dress like that again if they’re going out. I was not expecting her to call my mom and apologize. When my mom asked what she meant, she told her what I said. My mom was furious, explained she doesn’t have a problem with how my girlfriend dresses and thinks it’s great she spends extra time doing things to engage her students. My mom then yelled at me for lying to my girlfriend and trying to throw her under the bus because I was being an insecure jerk.

My girlfriend and I got into a huge fight. I said she should be embarrassed to be seen in public like that. She said the only thing she was embarrassed by was me. She hasn’t spoken to me or done anything for me since. My friend said I was horrible and called me trash. I shouldn’t have lied, but I think my girlfriend should take what I think about her clothes into consideration and I’m not sorry for expecting her dress more appropriately in public. Am I really such an asshole here?

You can check out the full post here, but below are a few key responses:

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Real or not, OP did update the post after a while with:

EDIT: I’m sure you all will be pleased to know we broke up tonight. She said I’m to controlling and narrow minded so she broke up with me.

Who ever saw that coming?




Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.



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