Savage Love: Am I an asshole?


I've been dating this guy for almost two months. It's been pretty good, except the sex isn't really the best. I have this other male friend who has had a crush on me. Long story short: My friend made a move on me the other night. I told him I couldn't, but I was insanely turned on by his forwardness. He apologized, but a week later we hung out, and I told him that it really intrigued me, and we ended up having crazy cool sex — satisfying in all the ways the guy I'm dating isn't.

I haven't told the guy I'm seeing about this and I don't plan to. But I feel guilty. I keep rationalizing that we have never had a talk about exclusivity, and I therefore have no obligation to him. I want to keep fucking my friend, but I also enjoy dating this other guy. Am I an asshole? Am I obligated to disclose that I'm not interested in monogamy with him?

Too Many Intrigues

Are you an asshole? That can't be ruled out, TMI, but I can't make a determination with the limited data you've provided. One asshole move — and cheating on Mr. Two Months was definitely an asshole move — does not an asshole make.

We know this because while everyone is guilty of the occasional asshole move, not everyone is an asshole. Assholes are made when asshole moves come one right after the other, and an ever-thickening layer of them hardens into total assholery.

Anyway, while you might not have had a conversation with the guy you're currently dating about exclusivity, you wouldn't feel guilty about what/who you did if you didn't think Mr. Two Months was operating under the assumption that you two were exclusive.

So the cheating was an asshole move and your rationalization, as you seem to be aware, is a pile of self-serving bullshit that's equal parts transparent and unnecessary. Because as much as you like hanging out with Mr. Two Months, the sex hasn't been good for you and you haven't been good to him. Don't negotiate a non-monogamous agreement. End it.

I'm a straight 28-year-old female, in a relationship with my boyfriend for two years. We live together, and on the weekends we care for his kid. We are very much in love and have a supportive, happy relationship.

I've always had a hard time being monogamous. I tend to get a wandering eye around the two-year mark. Recently I went by myself to see a friend's band and ended up meeting a man I had an insane chemistry with. We spent the whole evening together and wound up making out before I literally ran away.

The next day, stone cold sober, I called him, drove to his house, and we fucked like crazy. It was animalistic and intense, and I felt like a fucking porn star. It was awesome.

My boyfriend and I have sex that I truly enjoy, and I usually get off, but he struggles to be dominant, rough, or talk dirty, which are things I really get off on. He says he's too self-conscious to be dominant in bed.

This stranger did all the things I wish my boyfriend would do. To test the waters, I casually mentioned an arrangement where we could sleep with other people, and he said he wasn't into it. If I'm happy in my relationship, and the sex we have is consistently good, sometimes amazing, is that enough? Am I giving up on an aspect of my sexuality if I stay with him, or am I just looking for excuses to fuck other people?

Likes It All Rough

A loving and supportive partner, a happy relationship, and good sex that occasionally tips into the amazing column — yeah, most people would tell you that's not only enough, LIAR, it's a better relationship than the one they're currently in, recently left, or ever hope to find.

But the fact that most people would like to trade places with you isn't relevant, LIAR, because what you have with your boyfriend isn't enough for you. You want love, happiness, stability, and the freedom to fuck other guys.

Seeing as you know this about yourself, making a monogamous commitment you know you can't keep is an asshole move. So here's what you're gonna do: Tell your lovely, loving boyfriend that non-monogamy is a non-negotiable. You are willing, of course, to negotiate with him about the form your open relationship might take, but you must make it clear to him that a closed relationship is a recipe for disaster .