Every week, Danny Ortberg and Nicole Cliffe discuss a Prudie letter. This week: the boyfriend who loves trophy wives.
Nicole: Oh, boy
Like, I do not want to casually tell people to break up with partners who are generally great
But like HOW OFTEN does he say this shit?
Danny: I mean: he may not necessarily break up with you for a younger woman
Nicole: And what did he say when you told him how it makes you feel?
Danny: but he definitely means it
he does think younger women are cool exciting status symbols
but yeah that part is definitely absent from the letter!
she says she’s told him that makes her feel bad, and we don’t know what his response to that was
Nicole: Well, telling him that does not seem to have been reassuringly final!
Danny: It is one of the downsides of being with someone who’s “a little superficial”
it sounds like for the most part their respective superficialities mesh nicely
and this is one of those “oh, is he going to be superficial to my detriment?” moments that expose, you know, the long-term downsides of superficiality
Nicole: Yeah, I can’t make a slam dunk on this one, but also yes I think he would swap you out like a cracked egg if he got the chance in ten years
Danny: in a heartbeat and without thinking twice
personally I think your best bet is to sabotage his career
Danny: so he’s only ever successful enough for a two-years-younger woman and never qualifies for the Sexy Daughter-Aged Model Upgrade (in case it’s not clear, I find this dude’s outlook on success, age, and women to be dumb and gross!)
Nicole: MIDDLE MANAGEMENT FOR YOU
Danny: yeah I mean, it’s your call what kind of bed you want to make/lie in
but I’d certainly say if you’ve told him how it makes you feel and he can’t even stop himself from commenting on how cool much-younger girlfriends are for successful wealthy men, I think you have sufficient cause to think of him either as a starter husband or someone you should break up with
anyhow i hope you are having a wonderful day with your successful older husband
Nicole: Thank you!!! It’s pretty great. He waited until he was successful enough to nab a 25-year-old to get married, the upgrade swap is for chumps.
Danny: I love you.