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I met a woman who I'm really into physically, emotionally and mentally. Problem is, when we started having sex, she insisted on a condom for birth control. I haven't worn one in probably eight or nine years. I would put on the condom and start having sex, and go limp because of the feel. This happened many times over the first couple months. She went on the pill a couple weeks ago to deal with the issue, but now I've got a mental issue going on and still go limp. I feel like it's not a physical problem, as it hasn't happened before, so I'm not sure that drugs would even work. It's at the point of ruining this relationship.

Futile Limp-Ass Cock Is Dreadful

 

Before I get to your question, FLACID, I wanna pull rank and briefly mention the staggeringly amazing thing that happened two weekends ago while I was in New York: the 8 p.m. performance of The Book of Mormon at the Eugene O'Neill Theater on the Saturday of Pride weekend. Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone's brilliant musical about well-intentioned Mormons exceeds the hype. It's the funniest, dirtiest, smartest thing that this showqueen has ever seen on Broadway.

Yeah, yeah, something else happened in New York while I was in town: A bill legalizing same-sex marriage was approved by the state legislature, and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. And, hey, being in New York for the marriage-equality victory was nice. It was great. But The Book of Mormon -- holy shit!

OK, FLACID, if your dick goes limp once you put it inside her, stop putting it inside her for now. Have oral sex, masturbate together, have lots of imaginative, nonpenetrative sex, all while paying careful attention to her vulva, clit, orgasms, etc. A few dozen successful, low-stress sexual encounters should help break the association your dick has made with her and failure. Good luck.

 

Yay, we won gay marriage in New York. I'm so happy, I could cry. But not tears of joy.

I support gay marriage. I'm a freakin' lesbian. I've been with my partner for 10 years. I've made passionate speeches to friends and family members about the importance of gay marriage. So everyone will expect us to get married. But I don't want to. I'm happy in my relationship, I have no plans to leave, but I don't want to be married. I think part of the strength of our relationship comes from being together because we want to in the moment, not because we promised to in a moment that has long passed. How do I tell my partner and everyone else that I love her with all my heart but don't want to marry her? 

Defense Of Marriagephobic Asshole

 

Same-sex marriage is legal in New York, DOMA, not compulsory. But instead of telling your partner that you don't want to marry her, or anyone else, tell her you need time. This freedom is new, hard won and not going anywhere. There's no rush to commit to committing, and no rush to commit to never committing. And you might want to ask your girlfriend how she feels. If she hasn't been picking out china or proposing, it's possible that she feels as conflicted or ambivalent as you do.

 

I've just ended a four-year relationship with a great man who didn't lay his kink cards on the table until way too late. He's your typical straight guy with a she-male fetish. Apparently, the dom pegging I provided wasn't enough, because I found a secret email account where he was soliciting she-male escorts. I'm genuinely more pissed that he didn't tell me he wanted to explore this. I can't tell if any of these escorts ever met with him, and in usual hetero-male fashion, he is mortified that I know about his secret at all. So my question is this: As a GGG girlfriend who would honor just about any fantasy, is this secret search for a stranger the betrayal I think it is? I get it that our play isn't the same as the real thing, but isn't cheating cheating?

Willing But Not Enough

 

The snooping-is-wrong absolutists will shit themselves if "snooping is wrong" doesn't appear in this response. So here it is, right at the top -- even though I disagree. No long-term relationship is snoop-free, just as no long-term relationship is lie-free, porn-free, or thinking-about-fucking-someone-else-while-I'm-fucking-you free. And when a little snooping uncovers something like this, well, it's retroactively self-justifying.

On to your question: Your ex's secret search is the betrayal that you think it is. The kind of cheating your ex was engaged in or contemplating amounts to a Very Serious Betrayal. He put you at risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection*, assuming he saw a sex worker, or he was thinking about putting you at risk. And it was all so unnecessary: He had a GGG girlfriend. He could've negotiated to explore this without betraying you. But he didn't ask for permission because he was deeply ashamed, and terrified of losing you. And now he's really got something to be ashamed of -- the lying and sneaking around -- and he's lost you.

Unless you can find it in your heart to forgive him.

His kink cards are face up on the table now; you know his deepest, darkest sexual fantasies, and he knows you know. Yes, he betrayed you, but forgiveness is meaningless if it's limited to trifles. If his kink is something you would've signed off on had he gone about things differently, perhaps you could take him back on the condition that he go about things very, very differently from now on.

 

* I'm not saying that a man who visits a sex worker is automatically going to get a sexually transmitted infection. But outside sexual contact is outside sexual contact. Whomever it involves, it involves risk for the insider back home.

 

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