Another blogger commented recent on my post about feeling sexually deprived while still being surrounded by sexuality. Because it was left as a public comment, I feel no compulsion to maintain the anonymity of chely5150, but it was lengthy enough that I decided to go ahead and respond publicly, as I have before.
I classify this correspondence as more misplaced rage, and I invite chely5150 to read that post, as it applies here. In summary, chely5150 suggests that Ashley’s lack of interest in sex is likely my fault. She cites her own experiences with an unfaithful husband and a lack of love and respect in their marriage as a reason for her own disinterest, and says that such could contribute to our situation. (It is worth noting that my and Ashley’s sex life has improved substantially from what it was in the roughly two years since writing the post eliciting her comment.) Snippets and responses are as follows, and you can read the full comment on the original post.
I was, AM the wife who wants to explore and discover all things sexually together with my husband and we did, until the emotional covert emotional abuse began. After years of abuse, so perfectly concealed behind the facade of our perfect little family… I became Ashley. I no longer found that much pleasure [in the man] who adored and loved my body but NEVER could find the need to adore and love ALL OF ME!
I can certainly see how emotional abuse could make you lose sexual interest in your partner. But let me be perfectly clear–that has never happened in our relationship. For whatever problems Ashley and I may have had, we have never been abusive toward one another, and she has always insisted that I am the most loving, compassionate person she has ever known, and that I am an excellent care giver and provider for her. One could arguably define my infidelities as “covert abuse”, to use your phrasing, but frankly, I wouldn’t. Sure, it’s scummy, but I would not go so far as to call cheating “abusive behavior”. (But I invite psychologists/counselors to provide evidence to the contrary.)
So, right out the gate, your experiences do not apply to us. But let’s continue.
And I began to loathe the man who could treat everyone (pretty much) with such love and care and respect that I HATED evry thing about him.
If I understand you correctly, you’re suggesting that you hated him for loving and respecting everyone around him, but not yourself? I can also see how that might be painful. But it also strikes me as slightly selfish and demanding of you. I obviously can’t speak to your personal situation, and I have no desire to belittle or demean you, so I will simply let that comment stand as is.
And yet I loved him, I tried to leave him a couple of times but could never fully escape. After many years of depression I decided if we were going to stay together dammit I was going to make it better for us. And we did (yeah ah huh) and others thought too until the day I discovered his affair. And then weeks later when I discovered so much so- it has been excruiciating to say the least.
Ahh, and now we come to the point of this message. Your husband cheated on you, and you see much of him in me and what I write. Fair enough, I suppose. Lord knows I’m a cheater. But if I may ask, have you determined *why* your husband cheated on you? Have you given any thought as to whether you may have done something, or a series of somethings, that might make him want to fuck someone else? Or is it genuinely that he is simply a cheater? Note that both are plausible, but given the resentment you display toward him, the evidence would suggest that unhappiness on his part might have caused his behavior. Again, I don’t have the complete picture, so I can’t say definitively. But have you considered that the fault may not lie solely with him?
They say I have PTSD, but I just go forward…..
May I encourage you to seek counseling for that? PTSD following such an event is, to my understanding, a common reaction, and you may very well be suffering from depression. Please, dear reader, see someone. I suspect my close friend Hyacinth might be able to offer guidance here.
So while I fucking hate you with all my being…
I bet you’d love me if we met.
…I respect the fact that you are being honest…
Oh. Well, thanks.
…as much as one could expect honesty from a LIAR…
My, that’s awfully manic of you.
…being on the other side of those sheets and knowing but not knowing is probably the hardest thing to live with.
This is something that, again, doesn’t really apply to me. If Ashley were to find out about my infidelities, I would own them. Once caught, you’re done for. Best to fess up to it and hope to salvage something from the wreckage than to pretend the boat didn’t crash. But, in your case, you have my condolences. Knowing but never receiving a confession is a good way to breed resentment and often prevents any sort of closure.
Maybe just maybe You had something to do with your wifes sex needs diminishing. If it went away there is a reason.
By Ashley’s own admission, her lack of sexual interest stemmed from three things: 1) experiencing physical pain from having sex with me due to my girth (which, thankfully, has resolved since we have begun fucking more regularly); 2) insecurity due to gaining weight post-marriage; and 3) a lack of sexual experience sufficient to keep up with my own interests. She has since come out of her shell, remarkably so, and our sex life and marriage have never been better.
Who the fuck died and made you GOD? What makes you think you deserve to have your every desire fulfilled?
I never claimed to be God, or that I deserved to have my every desire fulfilled. To suggest otherwise would imply you haven’t read all of my work. (Not that I expect you to. Hence, my response.) I have long struggled with controlling my sexual urges, balancing them against my desire for a fulfilling and loving marriage. But when you go months at a time without having sex, the ability to resist–hell, the *desire* to resist–disappears.
No man “deserves” to get laid, regardless of marital status. A woman’s body is her own, and she gets to decide what she does with it, and when. Period. But, relationships are partnerships, and if one partner is not sexually fulfilled, well, don’t be surprised if he/she seeks that fulfillment elsewhere.
Maybe if YOU put as much effort into your marriage-not just sexually either, you wouldn’t have put yourself and Ashley (although unbeknown to her) into such a lose/lose marriage.
No one who knows me can accuse me of not putting effort into my marriage. I haven’t written about it much, but Ashley and I have been to several counselors, alone and together, in pursuit of a “fixed” marriage. We have spoken at length about it over coffee, breakfast, drinks. We have cried together because we thought we were failing. And we have celebrated our not-so-recent upswing. And, from a domestic standpoint, she and I are true partners, sharing evenly the housework and financial burdens. Not to brag, but she calls me “the perfect husband”. (I am far from it, mind, but it makes me smile when she says it.)
Do yourself a favor decide which you want. Can’t have both little boy, don’t work like that! You should show Ashley the respect she deserves and let her choose for herself- No one gave you that privilege. It’s not right -if you love her as much as you say you do GIVE HER THAT RESPECT.
I don’t love and respect anyone enough to give them that, because I am selfish.
Please don’t let my differing opinion affect the fact that I enjoyed your writing, I find it brutally honest and appreciate knowing the thoughts of a sex addict as I am discovering that I have been married to one for a long time.
Well, I do appreciate that, though I would not classify myself as a sex addict. I once wrote about that possibility, but I don’t think I am so deep into my compulsions to be considered a nymphomaniac.
I am in the deciding process in my marriage, is this what I want for the rest of my life? The jury is still out on that one.
I wish you the best of luck in that. Choosing whether to continue or end a marriage is not a pleasant endeavor, and I truly hope it works out well for you, chely5150.
Pro tip: You have to take the venom out of your words and be less accusatory if you want me to refrain from responding with so much snark and sarcasm. Though, admittedly, I use much less of both herein, maybe because I truly sympathize with what you’re experiencing. Before I was the hopeless cheater I am today, I was cuckolded by the woman I loved, and it left a lasting impression, and I can tell you are hurting. I don’t want to contribute to that.
Or maybe I’m just going soft in my old age.