How would you handle this?

SaresterSarester Member Posts: 31
A little background information: 
My husband's best friend grew up next door to me, I've known him all my life. We were close friends until my husband and I started getting serious, then I stopped hanging out with without my husband there. He and my husband met in college and he's ultimately the one that hooked us up. Since they've known each other they've always given each other shit constantly. That's just how they are (actually, I think that's how most guys are with their friends). About 5 years ago our friend went through a divorce and after that his jokes to my husband got a little mean-spirited. When he gets like that he puts my husband down in any way he can (calling him a pussy, saying he has a small dick, etc.. Basically making himself out to seem more masculine than my husband any way he can). My husband always said just to let it go, it was because he was going through a hard time. He's always been a little immature so I just ignored it. 

He got remarried about a year ago to a really sweet girl and they're really happy, but the jokes never stopped. Every time we're all together or hanging out in a group he manages to squeeze in at least one put down, but my husband is really good about either giving it right back or just shutting him down completly. Normally I would think that this is just two immature boys being boys, but now he makes these comments to me when my husband isn't around. Constantly. A few weeks ago we were at a mutual friend's BBQ and I was standing talking to his wife and a few other women and he came up and put his arm around me and said "So how does it feel being with a guy with such a tiny, tiny dick?" which was like the 5th time we've been out in public that he said something like this in front of people as soon as my husband walked away (and for the record, it isn't true. Not at all. lol) . I said "Why are you so obsessed with my husband's penis? I think you have it on your mind more than I do." and he said something like "It's hard not to because it's so little" or something. I've tried defending him saying "He actually has the biggest that I've ever seen." and he always says "That's because you haven't been with a _____ guy." (he's a different race than I am)

It happened again yesterday. He and his wife went out of town over the weekend and we kept their dog for them. He came over yesterday to pick her up and when he walked in I was trying to put up a shelf that my kids had knocked down. It's a huge shelf and I was having trouble holding it over my head long enough to put it up without falling off the step ladder. He took it from me and put it up and said "Why don't you have your husband doing this kind of thing for you?" and I said "Because he's at work right now. I can handle it." and he said "He's probably too much of a pussy anyway." 

So my question is, how would you handle this? I've made it clear that I don't like him talking about my husband that way but all that seems to do is make it worse. My husband is really good with comebacks so he never says things like this when he's around anymore. When we were kids he used to say things that would make me blush because he thought it was funny so I think he's doing it because it makes me so flustered, but I never know how to respond to this kind of thing. I know this makes him seem like a huge asshole, but he's really not. 98% of the time he's a really great guy, he's been an awesome friend to my husband for over 10 years, it just seems like anytime we're around a big group of people, or he's alone with me he has to put my husband down. Avoiding him isn't possible, we hang out with them about once a week and we have all of the same friends so we see them about every where we go. Ladies, what would you do? Guys, is there a reason he's doing this, and how do I make it stop?


  • Joskin_NoddJoskin_Nodd AshwanSilver Member Posts: 4,045
    Have you tried: "You know I don't like that stuff, and I don't think it's funny. I'm tired of it, it's tedious, and I've asked you nicely to stop. But you won't. Why not? What's up with that?"

    In a group, meaningfully ask someone a question and focus on that conversation, ignoring him?

    When by yourself, pointedly ignore what he says and ask him a question about something else. When he tries to keep it up, answer your question for yourself. Ex: "So, how's ABC going?" - "Hah! You just don't want to talk about your husbands tiny genitalia!" - "So, it's not going well?" - "I want to talk about penises!" - "What about that project you were working on?" - "Penis penis penis!" - "Well, it sounded like it was going to be a very interesting project."

    Possibilities. I imagine he's doing it because he's very alpha, high drive, and perhaps lacks a bit of a filter. Some people just like to focus on what they want to focus on, and lack empathy and don't care how other people feel about what they are doing and saying.

    Or ramp up your: "You think about it more than I do" response. Exasperated sigh, eye roll: "God, are you even capable of talking about anything other than other men's cocks? Good lord. Here, let's do this. Let's have one conversation—just one!—where you don't talk about genitalia. I'll bet you five bucks that you can't do it." 

    "and he said "He's probably too much of a pussy anyway.""

    Thoughtful look. "Hmm. Thanks for that, but I don't think I need any more help right now. Good bye."

    Not necessarily mean, just no rewards for behavior you don't like. 

    "There are no right biscuits." – Mandrill

  • ElaineElaine Silver Member Posts: 1,580
    Men like that get off on the attention so just completely ignore him when you are alone.  When in groups I would go with the above suggestion and ignore him completely while asking some one else a question.  Not getting the attention he wants will quickly put a stop to it.  Since he is your husband's good friend I would definitely not be aggressive in any option I took.  It will emascualte your hubby if you are taking care of a bully for him, plus it could damage a friendship he obviously values.  Plus if you get all worked up and say or do something it will give this guy a lot of ammo for the future - I can hear him now saying you have the dick in the relationship and had to take care of things for your pussy husband.  If you are good enough friends with the new wife you can casually bring it up to see if it bothers her as well.  He would be much more willing to change his behavior for her than you most likely.
  • fredlessfredless Silver Member Posts: 2,834
    good natured joking sarcasm is expected among friends.  It seems this friend is quite focused on putting your husband down.  In my experience, when one must consistently put someone down as you describe, he has deficits in his self-esteem/self-concept. 

    A simple question to this friend might be, "Are you really so insecure about yourself that you need to put my husband down like this?'

    After that, every time he made a similar insult, I would make comments such as "You're lack of self-esteem is showing again." OR "You're a wonderful man in your own right--you don't have to insult others to make yourself feel better."

    As indicated in a previous post, I wouldn't do this if your husband is right there as it looks like you're fighting his battle for him.  But I would do it every time your husband is present.  Every single time.
  • LinanatiLinanati Member Posts: 1,553
    Is he homophobic?  If so, you can always make him out to be gay for being so excessively interested in another man's penis.  :-)
  • LinanatiLinanati Member Posts: 1,553

    It sounds like going through his divorce made him jealous of your husband for having a solid, intact marriage.  If he's finding you alone (or at least without your husband) and making these comments to you, he is trying to affect your view of your husband - out of jealousy.  It sounds like he wants you to think he is more of a man than your husband is. 

    If this was just normal joking between guys, he would only do this to your husband.  He wouldn't seek you out when your husband isn't with you to make these insults to you about your husband.

    Seriously, I would just start avoiding him.  I wouldn't keep his dog for him anymore.  I wouldn't have him over for dinner.  I wouldn't go to his house for dinner.  You've told him how this upsets you, and he won't stop.  Your husband needs to address this issue with his friend, but he probably won't because he doesn't see it as a problem.  For your own peace of mind, you should do what you can to stay away from the guy.

  • JaneJane Member Posts: 978

    Ok, i guess i'm the voice or dissent here, but i think if it doesnt bother your husband, it shouldn't bother you.  I'd just let this stuff slide.  If you make a lot of waves  you could totaly distroy what sounds like an otherwise great friendship.  It's absolutely sophomoric, but if you come off too harsh in your response, you're going to look like a wet blanket that people have to watch what they say around you.  You're not the group mom, you dont have to disapline this guy; even if he NEEDS a course on manors.  However your husband wants to handl it is how you should handle it. 

    In a group situation i might say something to the tune of "ha, you're DEFINATELY thinking of someone else"  which leaves you in a fairly neutral territory....

  • sf64sf64 Střední Evropa na chvíliSilver Member Posts: 1,994
    I would just ignore it and let it go.  The guy clearly has issues and as long as your husband knows you have no issues with his equipment.... I would say go with an annoyed, "really?"  or "whatever."

    For your husband to just ignore it is an Alpha move in my book.  What this other guy says really doesn't matter.  It has no impact on your husband's opinion of himself or his self worth.  

    You can even say to your husband something to the effect of, "I really don't get why he is so insecure.  I am so glad you aren't like that."  It's a nice way to let your husband know you realize that your husband is the AMOG.

    Note - If you a FO with a Lazy Bear or Low-T husband, ignore everything I say. It probably doesn't apply
    "As he works on his MAP, he's going to do things that piss you off. He has to."  - Steu2817
    "In a world of Alpha's there is no peace for anyone.....welcome to Somalia enjoy your stay" - Highlander2

  • pocketacespocketaces MassachusettsSilver Member Posts: 1,019
    If this was my friend he wouldn't be for long. Its completely unacceptable to talk about cocks with my wife not in my presence. Sounds like he's trying to segue into something more.
  • technovelisttechnovelist usaSilver Member Posts: 488
    I was going to say the same thing that Athol said. It definitely sounds creepy to me and I would make sure it stops.
  • DelichonDelichon Member Posts: 16
    My initial reaction was to suggest deflecting the banter with sexual innuendos about your husband - since if a female friend came to me and said "I think your girlfriend has small tits", I would pause for a minute and come back with "Oh, sorry I zoned out - I was thinking of my GF tits. Excuse me, I'll be in my bunk"

    But on the second thought, I would agree with Athol: your husband is not only Captain but he is also a Security officer. This guy is a security hazard. As a First Officer you are eligible to voice strong concern for safety of both yourself and your diad in general.

    Dealing with it yourself is counterproductive both because that's what the security hazard wants (more of your attention) and because it puts in question your husbands ability to protect you, even if only in your husband's eyes.

    From a male POW, getting your friend to change his "giving you shit" language because penis-jokes and profanity stopped being funny a couple of years ago doesn't happen overnight, like learning to eat with chopsticks, but friends come around and the rest...
    Well, we grow out of some friendships in our life.
  • SaresterSarester Member Posts: 31
    Thanks for all of your responses everyone. I haven't talked to my husband, but I know he's read this so he knows a conversation is coming. I doubt he's going to want to cut him out of our lives, but I hope he'll at least understand why I don't want to be alone with him anymore. I hope I didn't come off as a wet blanket, I'm really not. I get that he's just joking and thats how some guys are, it's just embarrassing to be in the middle of a group and have a guy come up and start talking to me about how much my husband sucks. I'll keep your suggestions in mind for the next time he does it, though I hope my husband puts a stop to it before I have to deal with him again.  
  • DancenyDanceny Ft. Collins, COSilver Member Posts: 998
    Sorry, but Athol is correct.  There is nothing funny or benign about this, and the friendship is already over.  Don't believe me?  Have your hubby hide in the closet next time the ape comes around, wait for him to start in with the sexual comments and then give just a hint of encouragement and see what he does.

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  • girl4girl4 AusSilver Member Posts: 347

    Yep. The first thing I thought was  - he's jealous his marriage failed and his best friend got the 'good one'. The other thing I thought of was - 'friend' has known Sarester for as long as her husband - he is wearing 'wife goggles' regarding her as well as her husband is.



  • catzmeowcatzmeow Member Posts: 27

    The thing is...if you let a guy get away with tearing down your man in front of your face, on some level, a lot of guys are going to think that you agree with him.  And, the more he gets away with doing it, the more comfortable he will feel doing it in the future.  I think some guys might use a tactic like that to test the waters and see how happy you are with your husband.  If they talk trash, and you say nothing, then that inadvertently sends the message that you aren't that loyal or happy.

    If a guy talks trash like this,another option is to find away to dish it back.  You can say something like, "His equipment is more than adequate for me," or "I don't have any complaints," or "Hey, you sound a little jealous there."  A woman can get away with saying something like that with a smile, and not spark a direct confrontation, but still send a very clear message of, "I love my man, and I'm loyal."

    Just a thought.  
  • MrBurgundyMrBurgundy UKMember Posts: 225
    Tell him to go fuck himself.

    Better yet, as Athol and others recommend, your husband should tell him to go fuck himself.

    No offence, @Sarester, but I read your post thinking, "this is a troll, right?"

    As a man, there's no way - absolutely no way - I'd tolerate this from a "friend". Never would have, even in my bluest of blue pill days.

  • SlipangleSlipangle MichiganSilver Member Posts: 1,540


    I get the frustration you must have... You can't exactly stand up to him because that's something your husband should do, and you taking on that role would be a potential risk of reducing your husband in your own eyes.

    So the asshole neighbor you say has re-married. If you want something you can do, you talk to the wife. Leverage her to shut down whatever-his-name is.


  • x1134xx1134x Member Posts: 1,229
    At the beginning of our relationship, my wife said: "guys who joke about how big their penis is, have a small one, those who joke about having a small one, have the big ones."  Right after I just let out a self-deprecatory joke about being hung like a light switch.  

    Seems that would have been of some use if it was used early on.  Then at least you'd be able to enjoy him making fun of his own small penis, knowing you flipped his approach on him, and now he just sounds stupid.
    Most women unwittingly ruin the sex as a reward by being so shitty in bed during the sex, that it becomes a form of punishment rather than a reward. - Athol Kay.
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