On the internet, I get a lot of pushback when I write about sex and gender from guys who say things like “It’s not fair, women can have sex whenever they want!”, “Women are the gatekeepers,” “You don’t have to work for it,” etc. If it were only dudes on the internet that spouted this rhetoric, I’d write them off as idiot trolls.
But it’s not just misogynistic commenters and entitled jerks online who think this kind of thing; I hear it from real guys too, the normal ones, the nice ones, the ones who I know to be decent humans. The thing I think they’re all missing is that finding any old someone who wants to get down doesn’t exactly guarantee any magic will happen. That’s not to say you can’t stumble on to awesome amazingtimez with a one-night stand, only that what many women want (need?) to enjoy sex isn’t what a lot of those one-night standers are offering.
Today at Role/Reboot I wrote about how “getting laid” might be easy, but “getting laid” is sometimes a pretty low, unappealing bar. It’s not hard to find someone casual who wants to get it in, it is hard to find someone casual who wants to get you going.
Related Post: A flow chart about first-date sex.
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This week for Role/Reboot I “reviewed” a new Facebook app called “Bang with Friends.” In theory, it’s a discreet way to figure out which of your friends are down to hook up with you. In practice, I found it to be a quick reminder of why you don’t sleep with your friends.
I tested it with a willing friend, just to see what happens. We indicated we were down to bang each other (literally, the button you press per friend is “Down to bang!”), which opened up a little mini-messaging conversation that went like this:
Me: Hey baby, let’s get a little more comfortable.
Me: I would never write that. That’s what this silly thing made me do.
Him: mmmm, sounds good.
If you’d like to read more about my thoughts on Bang With Friends, casual sex, secret admirers, and FWB relationships, read on:
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This is my second contribution to Sex Week at The Good Men Project, and it’s a little more personal than the sizing up piece. For “Does Size Matter,” I interviewed friends of friends and aimed for a range of opinions and experiences. This piece, “How Not to Respond When Your Partner Doesn’t Orgasm,” is different. It begins:
“You didn’t finish, did you?” he asked.
“No,” I said.
I’ve lied before.
So check it out, and feel free to send it to partners who need a little…ahem …attitudinal adjustment.
Related Post: More Good Men stuff, like how much does penis size matter, and what’s the difference between a dick and a douchebag?
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