When will women learn that you can’t get respect from the man in your life if you don’t respect yourself and setting rules early in the relationship doesn’t hurt either! Trust me… I went out with guys that other women warned me were nasty and cheap when they dated them, but I found them to be caring & generous in our relationship. I always made my own decisions and ignored the gossip of others as I could only judge someone on how they treated me. If you demand respect, you get it. If you tolerate bad behavior…well, that’s what you receive. I can’t help but think of that song sung by the Staple Sisters called Respect Yourself…”If you don’t respect yourself ain’t nobody gonna give a good cahoot…” Of course, if you want respect you also have to give it; respect is a two way street. Although I’ve witnessed my husband swearing at sporting events, drivers and parking tickets (come on, he’s not a saint), he has never uttered a swear word to me. I guess he has an excellent sense of self control when it comes to his wife, and definitely receives an “A” in respect in my book. Hence, my point, you get what you demand. Call me a romantic but I still believe that love and respect are linked together if you truly want happiness in your relationship.