Savage Love

Savage Love: Get Out

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Dear Dan,

I hate how my boyfriend has sex with me. It used to be fine, but a year ago he started adding new moves he obviously got from porn: smacking my pussy with an open palm, vigorously rubbing my clit, wrapping his hands around my neck. I'm not anti-porn; what bothers me is that even though I told him these moves don't feel good on my body and hurt me, he doesn't care. He responds that he likes it and I should feel happy that he still wants to fuck me six times a week. It's not that I don't want him to enjoy himself, but I don't feel like his enjoyment should come at the price of mine. I don't know how to get him to listen to me.

— Porn Lessons Erasing All Sexual Energy

Your boyfriend listened to you, PLEASE. You told him you don't like his porny new moves; he told you he likes them and intends to keep doing them. So this isn't about listening — it's about caring. Your boyfriend is hurting you and "he doesn't care." Dump the motherfucker already.

And while you're not anti-porn and I'm not anti-porn, it would appear that porn is part of the problem.

"The porn industry, like every other area of popular culture, is dominated by a closed loop of white guys talking to white guys about other white guys," said Cindy Gallop, legendary advertising executive, consultant and public speaker. "The most easily accessed mainstream straight porn is all about the man, with zero empathy for the female experience, taken to ludicrous (and for the woman, painful) extremes."

Gallop is not anti-porn either. But she's fighting shitty porn — and the shitty expectations it can instill — with her innovative #realworldsex site/platform MakeLoveNotPorn.com.

"It's a social sex-video-sharing platform designed to be a counterpoint to the porn industry while promoting good sexual values and behavior," said Gallop. "We need to be able to view great #realworldsex in all its messy, funny, beautiful, silly, wonderful, ridiculous humanness in the same medium that we view porn: online."

Gallop wants not only to balance out porn with socially shared #realworldsex, but to see the porn market flooded with porn made by women — disruptive, creative porn for everyone.

"PLEASE's boyfriend is operating in his own closed loop," said Gallop, "the belief that sexual gratification is all about him. He has no idea what sexual gratification really could be. She needs to leave him."

Dear Dan,

I'm 28 years old and have been with my boyfriend (also 28) for three years. Our relationship is monogamous and vanilla. I'm a pretty sexual person. However, my boyfriend is non-aggressive, non-dominating and non-initiating. I ALWAYS have to initiate and I'm ALWAYS in the driver's seat. I'm tired of this. I enjoy strong masculine energy! I'm a feminist, but sometimes in the bedroom it can be incredibly hot to feel like a sex object. He says sex just isn't something he "thinks about a lot." How do I get him to show some sexual aggression?

­— Wants Him Aggressive More

Keep reading, WHAM.

Dear Dan,

My husband of 17 years has never been into sex. He's into pornography, though, and I've busted him many times. To say I am resentful is an understatement. He uses corn oil for masturbating, and I've been reduced to marking the bottle and booby-trapping it to see if he's been up to his tricks. We have two children, so that's what keeps me from "pulling the trigger."

­— Gagging In Chicago

GIC: You have three options.

1. Pull the trigger.

2. Redefine your marriage as companionate — it's about child-rearing and family life, not about sex. If your husband is free to find fulfillment in the bottle (of corn oil), and you're free to find fulfillment in the bedroom (of another man/men), maybe you can make it work.

3. Continue with what you're doing now — your husband sneaking off to have a wank, and you monitoring (and booby-trapping?!?) every bottle of corn oil that comes into the house.

WHAM: Your boyfriend isn't going to become someone else — he's not going to suddenly become more interested in sex or more sexually aggressive — so if you don't want to be sending me a letter like GIC's in 14 years, end this relationship.

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