@Al_Patron asked a very GOOD question in a blog that we did together and it had me thinking so hard about a response. Especially because I hear it ALL the time and have even SAID it myself.
He asked “...can someone tell me what “she DESERVES a ring” means?”
Now, I'm not going to tell you what it MEANS cuz dammit, I'm just figuring this out myself, but I'm going to provoke some thoughts for you...
Now maybe my point of view seems biased a lot of the time because I forget that there are people who read my work that aren't plagued with the bullshit men and relationships that I know of all too well. So some people read my words and think “o_O where the hell does she get this stuff from?” But then I get a whole bunch of Rts and say “Whew, they feel me.” lol
SO, in almost every circumstance that I've heard “she deserves a ring” it was from someone referring to the amount of “torture”, disappointment”, “drama”, and just a whole bunch of “bullshit” that a woman had endured in the relationship with her man. And sometimes it was even the man himself saying “she deserves a ring”... My first thoughts are “yea, she deserves a ring” but “from HIM?”... Hell NO. Why would you “DESERVE” a ring from someone who was a BASTARD? I mean really! O_o She “deserves” a ring because she tolerated him cheating numerous times? She “deserves” a ring because she took care of their children full time while he slacked? She “deserves” a ring because she still stayed with him after he had another child with someone else? She “deserves” a ring because he gave her an STD a time or two or five? She “deserves” a ring because of all the abortions or miscarriages she had from him? She “deserves” a ring because they've been together for “no reason” for forever already? She “deserves” a ring because she held him down while he was in and out of jail? She “deserves” a ring because she risked her freedom for him numerous times? She “deserves” a ring because she had to fight with so many other girls over him? She “deserves” a ring because she put her education and career to the side to support his? She “deserves” a ring because she forgave him all the times he hit her? She “deserves” a ring because she put up with all his baby mama drama? She “deserves” a ring because she wasted her “youth” dealing with his bullshit so now her “prime” is over and she feels like she has no choice but to stay with him now? So THIS is why she “DESERVES” a ring?
I could have SWORN that “deserve” means “to have earned right”...Oh yea it does, I just looked it up again cuz I was confused. So THIS is what you want the “rights” to? This is what you're in competition to “win”??? Oh! And the crazy part about this is, I hear this “she deserves a ring” ALLLLL the time from people who've been involved in these exact scenarios. I don't make this shit up. So if this is what you feel you DESERVE for the rest of your life, then shit, maybe your ass does. I don't think anyone “deserves” a ring for all of those reasons. Females always seem so bent on “winning” that they don't even realize what the actual “prize” is. Cuz I damn sure don't want to “win” a man like that. Have I had men like that? Yes. But I KNEW not to marry them. And men always seem to pull the “ring” as a wild card right when she's about to “leave.” Anything to shut her ass up and extent his ride or die bitch until next “Foreverary.” I've heard so many men say “She's put up with so much of my shit. This is who I need to be with”... Uhm yea... she's perfect for HIM but is he perfect for HER? Don't Worry, I'll Wait
But its really not these type of women that I feel deserve a ring at all... They deserve intervention and rehab. I'm going to tell you who I think really deserves the ring.
I think the females who invest in themselves in order to have something to offer a man who's worth marrying “deserve” a ring. Not the women waiting around for a husband as a come up. The females who could care less about a pre-nup because she's going to make sure they BOTH make money during their marriage “deserve” a ring. The females who make a statement by immediately removing herself from a disrespectful situation. She knows her worth and is not going to waste her time convincing herself that this is acceptable at all. The females who don't think and act like she is entitled to anyone else's benefits “deserves” a ring. The females who understand that NO one is obligated to her “deserves” a ring. Females who are appreciative and grateful “deserve” a ring. Females who acknowledge that if they can't help with a solution then they may be part of the problem “deserve” a ring. The females who moderately stand by their partner yet who never give up on themselves “deserve” a ring. The females who prepare for the fact that all of this could go “poof” in the blink of eye but they have back up plans just in case it ever happens, “deserve” a ring. Even the females who don't like to cook and don't want to cook but knows that eating out every night is just unreasonable, “deserve” a ring. The females who understand their role in a man's life and won't try to play every position “deserve” a ring. The females who CAN and will carry a man if he falls and won't hold it against him later or kick him while he's down “deserve” a ring. And last but not least, the female who is genuinely optimistic about love and marriage as a team with no ulterior motives, hidden agendas, or dependency as an underlying theme, “deserve” a ring.
Now of COURSE, there's more to being a “wife” than all of these things. But in my opinion these are some of the most “important” the qualities of a woman who “DESERVES” a ring, beyond being able to cook, clean, wash clothes, take care of kids, and have disgustingly pleasurable sex. These are characteristics of women who have worked on themselves mentally, emotionally and financially enough to be able to “deserve” someone worth spending the rest of her life with. I personally feel that you can't expect someone else to invest more in you than you are WILLING to invest in yourself. And half of the things that I mentions are FREE... Its about character and intention not only money.
So as for me... until I'm able to carry my family on my own if ever need be, I'm going to stay “single with a boyfriend” and kid less.