nude photos of ex wife
(Dripping Springs, TX, USA)
I am 46, my boyfriend is 59 and we live together. He moved in with me about 4 years ago. A few months ago, I found some pictures of his ex wife. They are sexual/nude photos. They were married for over 30 yrs.
She had a stroke at 32. Fortunately, she is still very beautiful and has all her faculties. She does have one arm and one leg which were seriously affected but is able to walk drive etc. She is independent - as in driving, caring for herself etc.
My boyfriend wants to mail the pictures to her. If they were not sexual/nude photos, mailing them to her would seem completely appropriate to me.
Sending/Receiving sexual/nude photos from an ex seems creepy to me no matter what circumstance I try to imagine.
What do you think?
I can see your point. I understand he probably wants to do the most respectful thing for his former wife, and hopefully for you as well. If you have a good relationship, then this "creepy" feeling you have about him sending those picture back to her, may just be the price you have to pay to allow him to close the door on his past relationship.
On the other hand, maybe his ex doesn't even care about those photos, and he should just throw them out. (He could just ask her first couldn't he?)
They've been out of her possession for years already. Whose loss would it be? Maybe it's really your husband's attachment that is the main issue. After 30 years of marriage, it's understandable that he doesn't want to be disrespectful by throwing away photos of her - but this might be something that he simply needs to let go of.
There's no right or wrong here. But I think you should be open with him about your feelings and he should take that into account.
Ben Schwarcz, MFT
Santa Rosa Psychotherapist