Savage Love

My boyfriend of three years has a lower libido than I do and rarely wants to do anything sexual. For a variety of reasons, I will not DTMFA. We no longer have arguments about this, but I do feel a bit lonesome for the type of physical contact he won't provide.

Now comes the dirty part: I have a couple of male friends who would happily do the things that my boyfriend isn't interested in doing. I have discussed this idea with my boyfriend, but he is resistant. I think it wouldn't bother him as much as he believes it would. An occasional tryst with one of my pals isn't something that would have much of an effect on our relationship. I'm just looking for him to okay a shortlist of people we know, so that I have somewhere to turn during the months-long periods when he has no sex drive. How can I convince him?

Playing Allowed Looks Sweet

We'll get to your issues in a moment, PALS, but first an issue of my own: I've been abusing DTMFA letters of late—that is, I've been using a lot of questions from readers who need to "dump the motherfucker already." As I've pointed out in past columns, letters from people who need to DTMFA account for more than half the mail advice professionals like myself receive. If we aren't careful, DTMFA letters can dominate our advice columns, making them monotonous.

In my defense, gentle reader, while I may be too quick to issue DTMFA orders, far too many of my colleagues go out of their way to avoid telling their readers to DTMFA. Confronted with a marriage damaged beyond repair, other advice professionals offer up soothing platitudes and inspire false hopes. They do this because most of my colleagues share an idealized reverence for the institution of marriage and fear calling for the end of any marriage, no matter how fatal its flaws. "Seek counseling," they'll say, in a futile attempt to salvage the unsalvageable.

While I never make the mistake of attempting to salvage the unsalvageable, my carelessness of late has led to too little relationship-salvaging advice appearing in this space. So for the next few weeks I intend to help couples work through their issues in this space, not just order them to part.

Okay, PALS, I was completely on your side until "I'm looking for him to okay a shortlist of people we know." So long as your shortlist includes mutual friends, there's no way for your boyfriend to okay this arrangement without feeling utterly humiliated. If he gives you permission to sleep with mutual friends, then his friends will know that he's sexually inadequate, and he'll know that they know, and they'll know that he knows that they know. Can you see how he might have a problem with that?

The only way to get him to agree to your getting a little on the side, PALS, is to ask for permission to get your needs met elsewhere once in a while—and to promise him that you will only mess around with friends drawn exclusively from your social orbit. No mutuals, none of his friends. Make him that promise, PALS, even if you don't intend to keep it. Good luck!

i am a 22 yr old man that thought i would be happy with my wife for the wrest of my life, but after a year of cheeting on my wife with her own mom, i am in love with her mom. she is 44 but she has the experience and beauty. we go wild in bed makin love for hours and she swollows which turns me like crazely. i dont want to be with my wife no more. what should i do?

Marreed Man

This helpful shit is harder than I thought. But here goes: A husband should be able to discuss anything with his wife, MM. You should be able to share your deepest secrets with her, your innermost thoughts, your fondest hopes for the future. When a man can't tell his wife that his hopes for the future include a lot more oral sex from her mom, then something is wrong. Your marriage could be in trouble. I urge you to seek counseling.

I'm a 25-year-old straight male with a wonderful girlfriend. The other night I made some comment about how lucky I am to get such great head all the time. She responded by telling me that I was lucky, considering I almost never go down on her, and when I do it's not for very long. It was true. I've been an asshole. The next time we got into it I ended up going down on her for a long time and she told me it was the best I'd ever done. Everything's fine, right?


My bottom-row front teeth are just a tiny bit crooked and one of them scraped the shit out of the little flap of skin along the bottom of my tongue while I ate her out. The pain was excruciating. Is this a common problem? Should I just keep doing it to develop a callus beneath my tongue?

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