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Dear Love FAQ
I dated this guy for a while, and we broke up almost a year ago. I regret that more than anything, because I love him and miss him very much.
Now we are trying to be friends, and he says he wants me again-as a friend with benefits. I really want him too, but for some reason I can't get past thinking of sex as something important. I think of casual hookups as a step down, even though I know it's illogical and everyone else my age is having casual sex without a relationship or commitment.
He has my heart and soul, and I want to give him my body too. Why can't I just get over the silly labels and be with him?
Chafed By My Chastity Belt
Dear Chastity Belt,
You could have sex with your ex without a relationship or a commitment, but don't confuse it for "casual sex". That's not possible with this man, because your history is tainted with too much baggage and emotion. The sex you'd have would never be casual.
He asks you for sex now because you're convenient and familiar, and because he believes you can't tell him no. If you don't mind being used for his cheap comfort, then, sure, go right ahead. But know this: Because you love him and he doesn't feel the same way, you might as well be fucking a ticking time bomb.
My advice: Save your heart and soul (and your body) for someone more deserving, who will respect your feelings enough not to exploit them for his own gain. His "friendship" just isn't worth it.
Dear Love FAQ
I've been with my boyfriend for two years and things are fine, but I can't get past this one thing. It's always me that initiates sex, and even though his response is usually positive, I can't help but feel like something is wrong with me. Everything I've heard suggests that guys are more into sex than girls, and that it's girls who usually are the ones being asked for sex too much.
We both enjoy sex, and he claims I'm attractive and that I do turn him on. He says he doesn't initiate sex because he doesn't feel like I'm in the mood whenever I'm not initiating it. But still, I feel that I'm somehow less than I should be, because he isn't as keen for sex as the media claims he should be.
Can't Trigger the Tent Scene
My instinct says your boyfriend is telling the truth, that he genuinely worries sex is an imposition, perhaps because the same media culture that informs you all men are drooling, sex-obsessed zombies also informs him that good girls don't like sex.
If this is the case, the only cure is communication: Encourage him, loudly and often, to take control in the bedroom. When he does initiate, respond favorably and enthusiastically. If you happen to not be in the mood, let him down gently, and more importantly, let him know under what time and circumstances you would be more receptive. (e.g.,"I'm still stressed from work, honey, but give me an hour to chill out and ask me again.")