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I came out after years of “playing straight.” I had two long-term monogamous gay relationships, then converted a friend into a boyfriend. We bought a house, got a dog and live in the burbs. Supposedly, life is good.

I’m a fairly athletic guy. My partner isn’t athletic. He likes to stay home, watch movies, cook with real butter – consequently, he’s out of shape. Our relationship is great in that we have a high degree of true honesty between us – he’s a trustworthy guy, and I love him and his family.

The issue is that I often feel stuck. I feel the urge to get out and be with other guys I find more attractive. I struggle in that I’m with the guy of my dreams – in every way except that he’s bear-shaped and that’s not my thing. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even want to go out because I’m afraid I’ll have a few beers and end up giving in to my urges, and I don’t want to cheat. My partner is generally GGG when it comes to trying new things, but I’m just not attracted to him sexually.

Please don’t say, “If you don’t want to fuck him, you should just move on.” I’m looking for some real advice. My partner and I have talked about three-ways or messing around with another couple, but I think he would have an emotional meltdown if I actually expressed an interest in any other guy.

Seeking A Solution

OK …

I’m forbidden to offer you the obvious advice – leave the boyfriend because you’re not sexually attracted to him – because you would prefer some real advice. And since you’re not going to leave, I guess it would be a waste of time to point out that your creeping sense of misery and despair is only going to get worse. And I can’t advise you to sleep around; that would be cheating. And you can’t open the relationship up because your boyfriend, with whom you enjoy a “high degree of honesty,” would have an emotional meltdown if you told him the truth about how you’re feeling.

So what advice do I have for you? Uh … gee. Start drinking heavily, I guess, because you’re really fucked. Your sexual dissatisfaction and sense of being trapped are only going to grow – until, of course, those feelings are overtaken by feelings of resentment, and soon thereafter you’ll be subconsciously sabotaging the relationship in a desperate effort to act on a completely understandable desire: to be intimate with someone who actually turns you on.

Look, SAS, I’m not trying to be an asshole (being an asshole has always come easy). But I want to tell you to leave – to part now on good terms, to accept that this wasn’t meant to be, to convert the boyfriend back to a friend – just as you suspected I would. And you ruled that advice out. So I did the best I could under the circumstances.

I wanted to respond to An Unmarried Woman. As a result of her “nice, funny” husband-material boyfriend’s “boring” sexual style, AUW has begun to cheat on him with her ex-boyfriend.

I married my version of her boyfriend. So did many of my friends. Years later, all of us have:
1) left our nice husbands because the sex was so unexciting, 2) had affairs, or 3) complained endlessly about how we feel trapped and frustrated in our sexually unfulfilling marriages.

AUW needs to walk away now – before she feels crummy about cheating, before she “settles” for bad sex as a trade-off for “settling down,” and before she has any kids whose lives will be affected by her future unhappiness and whatever steps she takes to deal with it.

Part of the problem here is that your standard advice to DTMFA doesn’t always apply, Dan. AUW’s boyfriend is not a motherfucker; he’s a good, decent, caring, funny, responsible man, a potential life partner. Women are strongly socialized to downplay their own sexual needs in relation to their desire for security and stability. We’re taught that this is the mature decision, that what’s important is that we choose the “good” guy, and only ignorant, sex-driven sluts would value good sex above all that more “important” stuff.

But as you well know, good sex is damn important, and our desire for it doesn’t necessarily fade over time. AUW should think about this: Even when there’s a strong sexual connection, over time the novelty wears off, people have to “work” at keeping the sex hot, and children and bills and the daily grind take their toll. Where does she think she and Mr. Nice Guy will wind up in 10 years if they have an uninspired sex life now?

AUW should wait for someone who “worships `her` pussy” and who is in other ways appropriate for the long haul. You can get a lot of your needs met outside of marriage without being unfaithful. You can laugh, talk, go to movies, knit, etc., with friends, and it’s OK. But once you go outside the marriage to fuck, you have crossed a heavy line. Marry someone who can meet your sexual needs.

Me And Everyone I Know

Thanks for sharing, MAEIK, and you’re right – DTMFA doesn’t apply in this instance. So let’s coin a new catchphrase. You like him/her but he/she bores the hell out of you? “Try and let that person – that kind, good person – down as easily as you can. Be careful with their heart!” Or, “TALTP – TKGP – DAEAYC. BCWTH!” Hmm, kind of unwieldy. Got a better idea, readers? Send it in.

Oh, and lots more advice for AUW can be found at
www.thestranger.com/savage/unmarriedwoman.

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