My best friend is now dating my ex-boyfriend. Needless to say, it's weird. So in your opinion, what are the rules about dating exes? Does Gretchen Weiners have a point about the rules of feminism?
Dating Your Friend's Ex
Is It Ever Okay To Date Your Best Friend's Ex?
Lots of people have told me unequivocally that they would never date a friend's ex. They wholeheartedly believe that it's wrong, disrespectful, and if a friend did that to them, they'd never talk to that person again. They believe this is something everybody knows, that they're just following the rules. What I've noticed, though, is that every person I've heard espouse this worldview was straight. This rule is almost never stated or enforced among queer communities. If you're gay, you will almost inevitably date a friend's ex at some point.
It’s never OK to date your friend’s ex – and this is why
The Dating Nerd is a shadowy figure whose whereabouts and identifying details remain unknown. What we do know is that he is really, really good at dating. He's been on more dates than you can shake a lengthy bar tab at, and he's here to help the average guy step his dating game up a notch — or several. I'm in a pickle. Over the last couple of weeks, I've been hanging out with a close friend's ex-girlfriend, platonically, after we ran into each other at Starbucks.
Breakups can be tough. Feelings of jealousy, self-consciousness, sadness, and anger are prevalent in such an emotionally-charged situation. To deal when your ex dates your friend, talk to your friend so you can work through your emotions and maintain your friendship without feeling sad or angry. However, avoid telling your friend that they can't date your ex since this might feel like an ultimatum and could ruin your relationship. To learn how to distance yourself from your friend for a while, keep reading!