My boyfriend and I have been together for two years. I moved in a year ago, and we have been happy living together since. During the past year, I've come across a lot of his ex's old belongings — letters and pictures. It's not like I snoop. He's kind of a hoarder, and I frequently find this stuff tucked in books or drawers. It's starting to frustrate me. I long ago threw away most of my ex's things, and the stuff I did keep is stored in a box that's out of sight and mind. I don't necessarily want him to throw all this stuff away, but I want to feel comfortable in our shared environment. I also want to be able to think about our life together and not his past. How do I communicate this?
Ex's Various Items Disturb Entirely New Couple's Environs
I'm like your boyfriend — not a hoarder, but definitely a tucker. I tuck letters and photos and other keepsakes into books, stuff them in the backs of drawers, set them on shelves or beside the rest of the tchotchkes. I do this because (1) I'm not organized/depressed enough to scrapbook, and (2) I like running across old photos or letters when I'm looking for something else.
Perhaps your boyfriend feels the same way — or maybe your boyfriend is a hoarder and a slob. Either way, EVIDENCE, my advice is the same: Own up to your insecurities — tell him that there's nothing about his past that should prevent you from enjoying your present — and then ask him to make a reasonable accommodation. Tell him you would like to place his ex's pictures and letters, as you run across them, into a box that's clearly labeled and easily accessed, but out of sight and mind.
If he says yes, EVIDENCE, take that yes for an answer. That means putting whatever you find away, refraining from griping at your boyfriend about the stuff he chooses to hold on to, and reassuring yourself that a day will soon come when your shared environment is completely ex-proofed.
With my past four serious girlfriends/sexual partners, I noticed that my sweat began to smell more like theirs after we had been sleeping together for a while. Is that a real thing or is it all in my head?
Sweat Turning Into New Kink
I haven't heard of this, STINK, and it might be all in your head — but my hunch is that it's all in your diet. The things you ingest impact the scent of all of your bodily fluids, some more noticeably than others, and the longer you're with a particular woman, the likelier you are to be sharing the same meals, the same wines, the same beers, juices, recreational drugs, etc., and this is probably what's causing your sweat to smell more like theirs the longer you're together.
Mom came for a week and snooped. She found our bondage stuff, just a set of cuffs and a blindfold, and completely lost her mind. What do we say to her?
My Outraged Mom's Madly Yelling
"It's a hotel for you next time."
I am a wife and a cuckold. I'm turned on when my husband sleeps with other women. I have wanted to pursue these fantasies pretty much for as long as I have been in serious relationships. My husband and I have been married for four years, and we worked hard to get to where we are today, learning how to communicate and setting rules. Lately, though, I feel like my feelings are changing. While we do all our communicating with other women in group-chat settings, my husband has more free time than I do. Some days I wake up to literally hundreds of message exchanges, and I can't keep up or get a word in. Making it worse: I oftentimes have to talk to him about mundane things, like bills and what we are having for dinner, while his conversations with other women revolve around hot sexts. We have better sex than ever, and I come harder, faster and more often after he has been with another woman. But I am not sure how to reconcile these feelings of jealousy and inadequacy. I worry that he's thinking, "What am I doing with her when I could be by myself and get all the pussy I want?" I do not want to quit seeing other women (see the bit about hot, hot sex), but I do not know how to balance my fears and jealousy.
Trouble In My Intense Desires
Always nice to hear from the exception that proves the rule — typically, husbands get straight couples into cuckolding — but you're not a cuckold, TIMID. Cuckolds are men. Women who are turned on when their husbands cheat on them are cuckqueans. (Credit to Annie W., a former co-worker who introduced me to that term.)
OK, TIMID, let's make a list of everything your husband would lose if he dumped you: love, stability, history, family, intimacy, hot sex and someone to co-tackle the day-to-day crap (cleaning, bills, dinner) that he would otherwise have to tackle all by himself. He would also lose a wife who's happy to let her husband fuck other women — lots of other women — and those wives are few and far between. I'm not saying you're wrong to feel insecure, just that you have more leverage — and more value — than you seem to realize.
Inform your husband that these feelings of jealousy and inadequacy — which are fueled by his thoughtlessness and inconsideration — are putting your arrangement and maybe even your marriage at risk. Your cuckquean marriage, which he ought to regard as a paradise, is only gonna work so long as you feel included (in the fun) and secure (in his commitment). Tell him he has to cut way, way back on the sexting, which has gotten way the fuck out of hand, and that he has to make an effort to include you more, or he risks getting cast out of paradise.
On the Lovecast, Dan talks with special guest Tristan Taormino: savagelovecast.com.