Two weeks ago, I heard another tragic tale of a girl I know punching her boyfriend. A year before that, the same thing happened. Call me crazy, but this type of behavior, in my book, is never okay. And I’m speaking to both sexes here.
Personally, I don’t think I could ever, EVER be in a relationship where any type of abusive behavior existed. I also know that no one ever willingly puts themselves into these types of situations because feelings and emotions complicate things, but when I see or hear about that kind of behavior, it honestly drives me crazy.
Is it naïve of me to ask how another human being could knowingly inflict pain onto someone they care about? And what is the point of it? You hit your boyfriend to shut him up, why not just kick him out of the car? Who are you to deem it appropriate to lay your hands on another adult? Who gave you that right?
I suppose the line is blurred when it comes to raising children: do you punish them by spanking or hitting? But really, where do you draw the line? Because I think that parents reserve some right to discipline you and put you in your place, but significant others? No. I’m sorry. I just can’t excuse that.
The door to abusive behaviors led me straight through to a few other intolerable relationship behaviors. And then those led me forward to a few more…
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