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There has also been some research that has shown that men seem to be more conscious of their own needs overall be it sex, hunger or something else and think about them more often, while women are socialised from a young age to be more concerned about other people's needs. These problems may be less prominent with women also for the reason that they're concentrating on making the sex life of their partner good rather than making themselves feel satisfied. One good example of this thinking is the paradoxical situation of women who feel pressure from their partner to orgasm, to prove that their partner is good in bed, and stress so much about it that they can't get to feel the pleasure that would actually make them come.
It's also possible that when they find themselves dissatisfied, they look for the problem in themselves rather than their partner. Especially if they're not used to thinking about their own sexual needs and tastes, like many women, it can be easy to identify the source of dissatisfaction wrongly. As I really found Sex at Dawn a progressive, good read, I'm slightly disappointed that the article seemed to accentuate that this is especially a manly need.
I understand that the findings on female sexuality are a bit more confused, largely due to the societal differences in gender roles, but the whole "he-his-man-men"-angle may make the women who are considering whether their wish for novelty is a real need feel somewhat invalidated. Many women with these feelings think they are somehow wrong or broken, so emphasising how it's mostly a male thing may make them feel worse about it.
Loce how these people cone and say hey maybe it's social conditioning Dude have you read the research? Think the rats were alao socially conditioned? More likely, specimens like Julie appear socially conditioned, complaining from lack of sex but are you good looking honey? Doesn't research actually show that it's WOMEN whose libidos go down about 7 years after marriage, whereas men's stays relatively constant? The statistics mentioned here only tells that males report it more often. On a personal level this still can be anything: The average does not mean anything for a person.
They can legitly be anything. You can't say even that men will be taller than women: So I say that stating "more difficult" does not mean anything; for some it will be more difficult; for others, it will be easy. The important thing is that you will be prepared for this to happen; you won't be surprised when the things go as average.
So you can think of solutions before judging the other person. Plus when we had sex It put pressure as to how often , how long, etc; which lead to tension if we only had sex "X" amount of times, someone would start to feel hurt or think something was wrong.. For being honest with yourself in a world where monogamy seems the only legitimate option. Open relationships are more common than you think, and there is a growing community of people who want to love freely and responsibly. There are general principles and ethics that help make the idea truly functional, and of course brand new challenges that aren't for everyone.
Styles vary from open marriages to more complex arrangements that depend on the individual needs of those involved. For more info and support, check out Deborah Anapol's brand new blog on this website Psychology Today Love Without Limits , or look for polyamory groups in your area to meet like minded people and get answers to your questions.
I have found in my experience that you're right: In fact, almost all polyamory organizing and authorship that I'm familiar with is driven almost exclusively by women. A thought about why polyamory groups may be organized by mostly women: Maybe women are less willing to just "cheat" i. Women who take their desire seriously could be more motivated to create an internally-sanctioned environment through which to proceed. This could be motivated by a combination of anxiety about "breaking the rules" which seem to be stricter for women without any replacement rules, and by a belief in the principle of what they are doing.
Also, men could be deterred from taking the helm of such a group because they are more likely to be labeled "skeevy. A little context for my situation: But I have been through one 5-year relationship, in which the passion totally died. And now I am a year into my second serious relationship. I had some fun fooling around between the two.
Plenty of people in my young, arty circle engage in friendly, casual sex--but not "officially" when they are in relationships. I am going to guess that most people in polyamory groups are not close to my age? I would be much more comfortable with the idea if my cohorts were my peers, and people whom I relate to on more than just one level.
What Shea said before about imbalance and jealousy, how can someone have more than one partner and the other partner be ok with it. Or rather, not feel jealous? Within a long term relationship, just how long are we talking here? I know that there is a reason for everything we do, but. Are we not made to love just one person?
I feel like crying. I'm almost twenty, so this is really big for me. I'm so sorry this trash article makes you think there's no one who can be faithful. I'd like to suggest to you a book my mother had me read at your age Get it as quickly as you can Many of those types have been demonstrated here. Surround yourself with people who feel the same as you.
Strong mind strong heart! BUT-- keep in mind that some of those "fairy tales" we grew up with put a lot of pressure on guys.
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You probably won't find the "Prince Charming" in those fairy tales but you can come damn close. The truth is simply this: That a partner would be attracted to someone else says nothing about their love for you. Our bodies are designed to be aroused by other bodies, whether they belong to the one we love or not. It's called physical chemistry, and you've felt it before, too. Do you mean someone who doesn't put his penis in any other person's orifice? Or do you mean someone who is unattracted to anyone but you?
Because the latter is simply not true. Men AND women will always be attracted to people other than their partner. Remaining physically monogamous is a choice a couple will make together, but ultimately, it doesn't make any difference to me. It seems an oddly limiting thing to do to one another. My husband and I have been consensually, responsibly non-monogamous since We've been technically monogamous again, very happily so for the past decade because, frankly, we suck at cultivating a social life.
Our philosophy, however, has remained the same. To clear up a myth, our relationship is NOT broken or flawed. I have no words for the way I feel about my husband, nothing that would come close to describing how much I love him. What we have is deep emotional intimacy, and a marriage based on honesty, trust, respect, and unconditional love. I love everything about him, including that part of him that is still attracted to other women. Once we let go of the hurt we manufactured for ourselves over it, we started seeing it as a natural, healthy part of who we are.
It's not for everyone, and my point isn't to convert anyone. I'm just suggesting that we should stop accepting the cookie-cutter definition of what constitutes fidelity, because we are cheating ourselves of something ultimately more fulfilling by simply agreeing to a status quo that hasn't been honestly tested against our own values. I think it's absolutely normal for men to lose libido. It's normal for women to lose it, too.
Men have a tough time with it because we've told them for years they're supposed to have voracious sexual appetites. They, in fat, become "hypersexual". This article feeds the "got to be sexed constantly" hype!!! This is so very true, Polygamy can be avoided and it isnt the absolute solution to this problem. Sex isnt everything, though it may be great. As you stated yourself, as we age we slow down.
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It is absolutely normal. We have a totally different feelings and desires but we are so committed an in love with each other. We both get so frustrated with that difference. That nothing changes an I have gotten to the point of making suggestions to try new things an that even includes going out to a lifestyle club an that is shutdown immediately. Monogamy actually works to the advantage of the average male. Without social forces pushing for monogamy, the average male would, at best, occasionally have a chance for sex with a below average female.
The elite males would have harems as large as they could support. All females would strive to be part of the harem of the most elite male they could manage. That leaves pretty sorry pickings for the average guy, and nothing at all for the below average male. So don't go fooling yourself that your sex life would be better without societal pressures towards monogamy.
Most likely it would be far worse, or non-existent.
Captain, you must be talking about polygamy, in which for some reason it's only okay for men to have multiple partners, but it's forbidden for women. Pretty backwards in this day, if you ask me.
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I don't see anybody advancing that philosophy here. The modern idea of multiple partners lets all participants responsibly love whomever they choose, regardless of gender. It's very simple in principle. If it's dominated by any gender, by the way, it's women -- I'm not sure why. In any case, your concern that certain elite males would snatch up all the women wouldn't -- even couldn't -- apply.
In addition, there are both an emphasis on actually having significant relationships versus collecting partners , which puts a natural limit on how many partners one person can manage; and the idea of "ownership" of your partners is very contrary to the movement, again negating the idea of hogging available partners. It sounds as though the author is trying to impose his idea on the rest of our society Talk about having a "homegrown approach", or writing about "nonsense disguised as common sense" as described earlier.
I think that monogamous men are more likely to even receive sex beyond a certain age unless they are the Alpha male. Yes I agree that most relationships can gain from the open conversation about a fantasy that may include others, but as stated in the other articles, acting on these fantasies may be like committing relationship suicide.
Although I may agree that there is a subconscious desire to be with another, I am not sure that this " desire" doesn't stem from society and cultural influence such as this article and most TV commercials and shows that make it look so appealing. Therefore, I don't believe it is natural as much as it is an influence from people who wish to advertise their own opinions and see if they can make their own ideas more popular and accepted.
I also got this vibe from not only this article, but related articles on Psych Today as well. There seems to be a push of opinion to not only accept polyamory, but promote it as being better than monogamy, as if monogamy were simply an outmoded cultural clinging. I understand that many have innate preferences for polyamory.
However, monogamy seems to have been the prominent human system through history for its evolutionary advantages, creating in the innately more-monogamous a predisposition against promiscuity. Just like boys and girls, people are mentally hardwired in different ways; pushing oranges as superior to apples gets us nowhere. Yes monogamy has "worked" for millennia.
However, in the past women have been viewed as man's subordinate and men just went out and did what they needed and indeed the odd woman. We really are now living in the first age where we respect women enough to want to be honest with them. I think this is a healthy step. Monogamy has for a long time been "the rules" but we've been breaking them forever. Thank-you for saying this!
Many, many of my friends would be best suited for an open relationship based on my interactions and conversations with them--there isn't anything wrong with that. There also isn't anything wrong with people who are just legitimately sexually monogamous. Sex is thrown around in the media more often than it used to be, as is the message that sex is the most important thing in the entire world and we need to have it with everybody.
When I'm having conversations with my more sexual male friends, I'm tired of being treated like I'm mental just because I legitimately do not have an interest in anyone besides my partner of three years. I found my best friend, my ideal, I don't feel the need or desire to look somewhere else we still have sex every day and will likely continue to do so for a very long time.
Women wouldn't express the fact that they actually hold all the sexual power. They'd want to join Brad Pitt's harem. Without a monogamous society, I'd happily have multiple partners too. We can have meaningful relationships with multiple people, it takes time and effort, we can have a meaningful relationship with one person, and superficial sexual relations with others - regardless of what does or does not hang between our legs. If women hold the "sexual power" why are there so many divorced, bitter middle-aged women out there grousing about men? Of course there is a reason you remained anonymous.
What an embarrassingly stupid comment to make. It is obvious you think you're something special when chances are highly likely many of us women wouldn't take a second glance at you not only for your ugly personality, but what you probably think are your "good looks". I truly feel so incredibly sorry for anyone that comes across your path.
You obviously haven't been to china, india or south america. Women are a cheap commodity especially if as a male you're above average looking and make at least 3x local average income. This is from a 24yo who had sex with near girls when living in China for a year. I guess, but I'd venture to say men are the cheap commodity. At 24 you are still a kid. Just be careful sleeping with all those women, you're likely to get a gift that keeps on giving that you may not care about now but will get more cumbersome as you age.
I agree that for an average female an average male is less valuable but when we're talking about men who are not losers and have at least moderate power and money then the tables are turned. I come from the perspective that we are supposed to overcome our most base instincts and sex is one of them.
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I do not think we shouldn't have sex at all but sex with multiple people is nothing but animalistic base behavior. If we were meant to be animals we would not have evolved. I know women are like this too, but it's much greater in men, and the excuse seems to always be "It's just our nature" I say if it's just your nature go have sex with animals, they will be less affected by emotions and are closer to the male than the male to the female: I was coming from a completely different perspective, but I can understand what you are saying too!
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