No that is NOT the new Prince jam.
I ran across this article the other day while surfing the net. The heading of the link said, “What we don’t tell our husbands.” I’m a married man so why wouldn’t I be interested? That’s not an indictment on my wife’s level of honesty, but more about covering my bases. I perused the various links within the story covering different marital topics from a woman’s point of view. Catching my eye was a link titled “Mom Confessions.” Ahhhhh! My wifes a mother too so I may get a double dose of knowledge that us men generally never hear about. Everybody knows that women can be like closet racist. They reveal some things to their husbands, (the other race) while revealing others to those of their own species. (other women) It’s called ‘girl talk.’ I’m thinking since these moms are anonymous in this survey I may learn something. Several links within the columns caught my eye. For this post I’ll focus on one in particular; “Top Ten Secret Mom Confessions”
Confession #5 Says, She’ll take sleep over sex. *It goes on to say:
Nap or nookie? Once the kids are asleep, almost 53% of moms would take a good night of sleep over mind-blowing sex any day. Being tired is an almost universal complaint among the moms we surveyed…
I ran this past my wife as she sat on the couch watching one of her favorite ‘shoot’em up killem’ can’t find’em’ mystery whodunit shows. She agreed that most women including many of her married friends feel the same way. I was surprised to say the least. I spoke out. “Are women less tired when they are single and having sex? Why are mind-blowing sex and a good nights sleep mutually exclusive anyway?” She stuck to her guns. “The average married woman enjoys sex, but only prefers it every so often unlike a man who prefers it a helluva lot more,” she said. “And if he’s really good to her, she may even suck it up and give him a little more than what she would otherwise care to have.”
Needless to say this was mind-blowing to me. I know I’m a guy, right. But still. Most married couples I know started off having plenty of sex before marriage. They also have plenty initially after the wedding. But then something changes. The message seems to be that after kids and life kick in, women lose a certain interest in sex. I’m generalizing but not much. I also noted that in today’s society there are many unmarried mothers who are divorced for intance, working, have custody of their children and still manage to carry on a vibrant sex life without the full time help of a man. In spite of all of these challenges, she manages to get it in. So fatigue seems like a cop-out.
The Mrs. agreed on these facts but I could tell by the look on her face she felt as if I just didn’t ‘get it.’ “And why does she have to suck it up if she enjoys it in the first place?, I asked.
We went back and forth before she pointed out that she was sure that most married or committed couples who live together with children are not having as much sex as I may think. I wasn’t ready to conscede, but even if that were the case I still wondered why!
So I asked a friend of mine (a married male) some questions:
a) How many times do you and your wife have sex during any given week/month?
b) How does it differ from when you were dating?
c) Are you as a man satisfied with the amount of sex you have with your wife now?
This friend told me that he and his wife had frequent hot n’ wild sex the first few years of their relationship including marriage. Now, it’s down to an average of maybe 3-4 times per month. (they have 2 children) Strangely enough he expressed that he was just as satisfied with this amount as she was. “Sex makes me too tired,” he said. Knowing this brother for many years I remember a time when he would confess that he was definitely not satisfied with the amount of lovin’ he was getting from his wife. But now his desires are on par with hers. I told him that she must have worn him down to her lower standard. It’s not merely a question of being being ‘tired.’
To prove my point, I said, “You may think you’re satisfied with that little bit you get at home, but what about the finest woman you know at work? Would you be tempted to hit that if you could with no consequences even if you were tired?” He acknowledged the temptation. So I asked, “Then what in the hell is the problem?” His answer? He compared it to his favorite dessert. He said that if he had his favorite dessert in the fridge at his disposal all the time he wouldn’t find it as appealing. “Ahh! So it’s a matter of availability?,” I inquired. Since his wife is available all the time, she’s like his favorite dessert unlimited. He can just take it for granted as if it’s there today so it will be there tomorrow…. and the next day, and hell the next week, month or year for that matter.
I found that quite unacceptable.
Don’t get me wrong. I understand that life happens. I understand that kids and responsibilities happen. I understand there isn’t necessarily as much time to be romantic when there are little people running around the house. What I don’t understand is why is sex such an important part of a relationship while in its building stages but not a part of an abiding program? If a couple is doing it 5-7 days a week before children, why not at least 3-4 afterwards? The frequency of indulging in certain pleasures may fall away as couples take on more responsibility. But why does sex fall so significantly on the priority list?
History shows that most couples, who endure a marriage or long term relationship that doesn’t last, end up starting a new relationship where sex again is a priority. Men have reputations for having affairs, but nowadays more women are stepping out than ever before. Within these affairs they are definitely having frequent sex with ‘the other guy.’ That doesn’t make sense if the original excuse for not having sex in the first place is fatigue. It takes much more work to carry on and sustain a secret affair than to simply handle one’s sexual needs at home.
So what’s the deal?
Now let’s be clear. I know there are differing challenges to each relationship though not all are uncommon. For example; Some men are not interested in pleasing their women but rather only interested in their own pleasure. And there are times when life just happens and sex is not the focal point for a period of time. For the purposes of this expose’ I’m assuming that the marriage is good and that the man is not selfish but is also aware and proactive in meeting his woman’s sexual fantasies.
Speaking to another friend of mine, a woman who does some marriage counseling as a profession, she said, “Sex is 5% of a good marriage. But its’ 95% of the problem if the two parties don’t agree.” I saw her point but I thought she hedged the numbers a bit. I would say sex is 8-10% of a good marriage depending on the couple. But again I know, I’m a guy who happens to not be an expert on human sexual behavior. She also said that single women tend to have sex to relieve other stresses in their lives. “A woman who is happy and secure in her relationship may not need to have as much sex as her male partner,” she added. That may be true, but I sense what seems to be a type of love/hate relationship with women and sex. (That is another blog for another time. I’m focusing on the love part for now.) With that I still believe that there is a disconnect somewhere.
All theories seem to come back to the original point in the article; Men want sex a lot, but women even in happy marriages don’t prefer much at all. Is this really true mostly across the board? If so why? Or is this off base? I would like to know what you all think.
How can you do this?
Well there are a couple ways. First off you can just comment in the ‘comments’ section of this blog. For those reading on Facebook you are also free to comment there. If you prefer more privacy, you can comment on the blog anonymously, and I can repost responses to Facebook as anynomous. I realize that some may feel comfortable with speaking freely while others may not. I don’t want a anyone’s identity to interfere with total honesty. Here are some of the questions I am looking to have answered:
1) Are you male or female
2) Married or Single
3) How important is sex in your life vs. your partner’s/past or present
4) Are you/were you satisfied with the state of sex within your relationship? If not, why not?
5) Have you become sexually lazy or apathetic? (Be Honest)
I realize this won’t be the most scientific study of all time. I’m just curious about how many people see what I call a dilemma.
I think the hottest steamiest and most vibrant sexual experiences should not belong to the promiscuous, the sneaky and the uncommitted; as if great persistent sex is only for the naughty. I think it should be the opposite. People who commit to sharing lives together should be knocking the hell outta the boots! Period point blank! Sure it may take imagination, a little more work, but that’s because it’s not cheap and passing. All great things take work to maintain greatness. Casual sex may be pleasurable, but the mentality to engage in it is different. Committed sex is based in a security that the couple’s lives and principles are based in things that are far more important. And that makes it even better. Is anybody with me?
I’m promoting a sexual revolution for the married/committed!