I dropped by four large universities last week -- University of Lethbridge, State University of New York–Albany, University of Maryland and University of Alaska-Anchorage -- to do "Savage Love Live," the college-speaking-gig version of my column. I enjoyed visiting all four campuses and, as ever, learned a few things on the road. (Brinking? Who knew?)
People submit questions -- the ones they don't want to be seen asking -- on 3-by-5-inch cards at the events. Sadly, I couldn't get to everyone's question, so here are answers to some I missed.
At what point in a relationship is it "safe" to have an open relationship?
There's no standard gestation period for an open relationship, no set period of time that you have to spend in the exclusivity pod. In my experience, however, the most successful open relationships -- with "success" here defined as "long-lasting," which is kind of arbitrary (can we all agree that a relationship can be short-lived and still be a success?) -- were sexually exclusive for at least a year, sometimes longer, at the outset.
When asked, "How do you make anal sex more comfortable for women?" by Marie Claire magazine, Dr. Drew Pinsky said, "Don't do it. Your butt will leak when you're old." (I am paraphrasing.) Is Dr. Drew homophobic?
Dr. Drew isn't a homophobe. He's an asshole-o-phobe -- and a BDSM-o-phobe, a premarital-sex-o-phobe, a three-way-o-phobe, etc. When it comes to human sexuality, there's not a lot of daylight between Dr. Drew and Pope Benedict XVI. And I'll let you in on a secret: Odds are good that your ass is going to leak when you're old, anyway -- I'll betcha the pope's ass is leaking all over the throne of St. Peter right now. You might as well enjoy it while you can.
I'm a 24-year-old male who has been out for 11 years. I've been into this guy "Joe" for several years, but I always assumed he was out of my league. We recently started hooking up. I'm totally into him, but for some reason, I can't stay hard. Do I have ED? I have no health insurance and am not sure what to do.
If you're not having trouble keeping it up when you're alone, and you didn't have trouble keeping it up with other guys, you're probably just nervous. You like this guy, the stakes are high, and a little routine performance anxiety is chasing away your boners. If Joe is continuing to hook up with you despite your inability to keep it up for him, well, then he's not only a hot dude but a patient one as well -- and a dude who's into you, too. So take a deep breath, try to relax, and enjoy.
How do you become a nationally syndicated sex-advice columnist?
I'm not telling. Because one sure way to stop being a nationally syndicated sex-advice columnist is to create a lot of competitors.
When Sue Johanson was here, she spoke against trying anal sex, due to damages, etc. What would you tell people?
I would tell people to refrain from fucking Sue Johanson in the ass -- and please don't fuck Dr. Drew's ass, either. They both seem as terrified as they are ignorant -- and tense, inept people can hurt themselves engaging in anal sex. And if their asses start to leak in old age, I don't want either of them to be able to blame anal sex.
We are a couple in a long-term committed relationship and have casually considered the possibility of a three-way. It would have to be with someone neither of us knew to reduce any chance of an emotional attachment. Good idea?
Three-ways with complete strangers are difficult to arrange -- unless you're willing to go the rent-a-third route. But if you want to have a three-way with someone trustworthy and safe, you're better off doing it with an acquaintance or an ex.
When did you first realize you were LGBTQ? How did people react to that? Did you struggle to find support?
I didn't realize I was L, B, T and Q until I arrived in Albany. And I'm not sure how friends and family will react to my recently discovered lesbianism, bisexuality, impending transition, and questioning status (now that I'm LGB and T, what outstanding Qs could there be?). But I expect they will be supportive. As confused as I am, but supportive.
Did Sarah Palin ever get back to you about your offer to be her gay friend?
No, she didn't -- but the offer is still on the table. I'm here for you, Sarah.
Please assign salacious definitions to the following terms, near and dear to the hearts of UM students: "Cornerstone," "Fear the Turtle" and "Diamondbacking."
Cornerstone: When you get high in order to break through a sexual inhibition -- like when pot helps you "turn a corner" sexually. "Sue wanted to peg her boyfriend, Drew, but he couldn't do it until he got cornerstoned."
Fear the Turtle: What a woman experiences when she realizes halfway through vaginal intercourse that her bowels are full, and her enjoyment of the sex has been superseded by her fear of crapping the bed. "Sue had to ask Drew to stop fucking her because she feared the turtle."
Diamondbacking: Consenting to anal sex in hopes that doing so will inspire a boyfriend to propose. "Sue knew that Drew was totally into anal sex, so she let him diamondback her. Now they're engaged."
I'm a lesbian, and my girlfriend is bisexual and wants to have a three-way with a man. This makes me nervous. What should I do?
Get yourself a Xanax prescription, or get an actual lesbian girlfriend.
If she hasn't orgasmed yet, will she ever?
Yes, but probably with someone else.
Thanks again to all four universities for bringing my skanky ass to their campuses. If you want me to come to your school, get in touch with Keppler Speakers at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm looking forward to my upcoming gigs at Liberty University, Brigham Young University and Notre Dame.