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I am wondering when the best time is to mention being in an open relationship to new girls. I’m a 27-year-old straight guy who’s been in an open relationship for six years. I often seek out extracurricular activities, but I am unsure of how to bring up my situation without doors closing. I wrote to a seduction blogger who often writes about open relationships, and his advice was to not mention it until I’ve had sex with the girl a few times and to not bring them to my apartment that I share with my girlfriend. This feels contrary to my nature, which is very straightforward, but is it perhaps the better method? What are your thoughts on the matter?
Straightforward Honesty Offends Potentials

If your goal is to maximize the amount of pussy in your life without any regard for the feelings of the women who happen to be attached to those pussies, then you should definitely take the advice of the PUA (“pickup artist”) blogger. But that’s only if you wanna be a huge asshole who gets tons of pussy. If you wanna be a decent dude who gets more than enough pussy – and “enough is as good as a feast,” as Mary Poppins says – then you’ll listen to me.

Tell “potentials” after the third hang/date/whatever. Let them get to know you a bit, then spill – before fucking but after they’ve made a small emotional investment in you. They’ll be more likely to reconsider prejudices they may have against guys in open relationships after they’ve gotten to know a semi-straightforward one and perhaps be less quick to slam the door.

I’m a 30-year-old straight woman, and I’ve been with my male partner for four years. Here’s the thing that’s been bugging me: After four years, the sex has gotten predictable. But it’s also gotten better in the sense that I orgasm a much greater percentage of the time, now that he knows my body and what I like. More orgasms for me are great, but in the service of that, we’ve fallen into a “tried-and-true” rut, which I don’t think is good. I try to switch it up sometimes, and I surprised him with some sexy lingerie last night … and I got self-conscious, started to worry about whether I’d get off and then didn’t come. I know he really likes it when I get off, but I don’t want for us to have such a limited repertoire. My feeling is that I should not worry about my orgasms and focus on spice and variety, but I think that if we go too many times without me coming, it might be a downer for his boner, too. So which do we give preference to: variety or orgasms?
Rutting Or Undertaking Totally Interesting New Experiences?

Your “tried-and-true” repertoire may feel like a bit of a rut, ROUTINE, but it’s a successful rut. You both enjoy the sex you’re having, and you come way more often than you used to. There are worse problems – and all you need to solve your repertoire problem is perspective and patience.
You have two competing and conflicting interests: You want to come regularly (because of course you do) and you get off consistently when you stick to your routine, but you also want to shake up your routine and try new things. But trying new things makes it difficult for you to come. My advice would be to relax and give yourself permission to not come when you’re trying something new. To stave off frustration and/or self-consciousness, constantly remind yourself that new things you both enjoy will be incorporated into your routine. And when things that work for you both join the ranks of the tried-and-true, you’ll be able to come while you’re doing them. This is a problem that solves itself.

My best friend has a girlfriend of two years. They break up a lot, and he has slept with plenty of other girls over the last two years. I’ve had a crush on him for about three years, but I never made any advances. We did have a threesome with a girl in March ­– he was broken up with his girlfriend at the time – but it was all about the girl and nothing happened between us guys. He got back with his girlfriend after that. Then last month, he and I had sex with each other. We had been drinking, he initiated it and neither of us came. It was awkward, and we didn’t talk for a week. Then we bumped into each other, and he came home with me and we had sex again. I came this time, but he drank too much and couldn’t. Then three weeks ago, I initiated it and we did it again. This time he came. The next day, he said that the “gay sex stuff” had to stop. He said he felt like he was cheating on his girlfriend. I agreed. But later that same night, he started getting flirty with me and seemed to be on the verge of initiating again. The issue is, I still want to sleep with him. Do you think that he may have freaked out about liking it too much? Could he be developing feelings? I rarely see him now, due to him hanging with his girlfriend all the time. I can tell that he has had sex with a guy before – it slid in pretty easy and he kept saying how good it felt. I’m so confused!
Boys Easing Sex Tension Secretly

Maybe it would help if you told your friend that you’re not having gay sex – you’re having hot, sweaty bi sex, just without an accommodating girl present. As for what to do …

You might wanna look around for some other guy who you can have a crush on and slide into. But I’m not going to push you to do that, because it’s clear that you’ve got feelings for this guy and at the very least he’s got Feelings While Drunk for you. And while I should probably scold you both for fucking around behind his girlfriend’s back, BESTS, I have a hunch that you’re a bunch of teenagers and/or very young adults. So you’re getting a pass because this kind of bullshit is often a necessary and clarifying rite of passage for kids who are still figuring out who they are, what they want and who they can and cannot trust. But I predict that this will end badly for all involved, and you will one day look back on the bi three-ways, the gay two-ways and the way you once believed that “breaking up a lot” was evidence of a passion that could not be denied and be deeply, deeply embarrassed. But in the meantime, enjoy sliding in.

On the Savage Lovecast, hear Dan and YouTube sensation Arielle Scarcella go full lesbian:


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