I am a 23-year-old straight male. My ex-girlfriend and I started dating in high school, when we were both 17, and continued dating until I broke up with her the summer after our freshman year in college because things felt too serious. We continued to have sex, but I blocked out all my feelings for her, while she was open about still wanting to be with me. She started dating someone else sophomore year. I realized then that I still wanted to be with her, and I broke down emotionally and made both our lives difficult while she was dating this new guy. I was a very unattractive person then.
I also found out other details by snooping. I know that during the time we dated, she faked orgasms with me. She didn't have one with me until she introduced a vibrator the year I was having emotionless sex with her after the breakup. This made me feel inadequate. Since then, we have forgiven each other and tried several times to rekindle our romantic relationship. Unfortunately, while for me there is a sexual attraction, she says she is no longer attracted to me. I'm sensitive, fashionable and artistic, and she tells me she's more attracted to the "all-American-man" type. She is currently dating someone long-distance, and they have been together for seven months. But we still talk about "us," we still cuddle, and she'll say things like "When I think of growing old, I imagine doing so with you." She views our intimacy as "friendly," while I view it as more romantic. I try to be a good friend, but hearing emotional crap about her relationship makes me want to scream, "WTF are you doing? No guy will ever clear your bar, because I set the bar!" Do you think there is any chance that we will be together again? Am I nuts to still want this girl?
Her Ideal Mate
There are six other continents on this planet — six in addition to the one your ex-girlfriend currently resides on — and my advice for you, HIM, is to pick any other continent and move there. Get. The. Fuck. Away. From. Her. Not because your ex is evil, HIM, but because this relationship is over. She's not only seeing someone else, she's made it clear that you're not her type. She's not into sensitive, fashionable and artistic types — she may not be into entitled assholes, either — and it's time to take the hint that she's practically pegging you with. And I gotta say ...
This relationship is never going to be what it was, because neither of you is ever going to be what you were — that is, you're never going to be 17 and in love for the very first time again. The bar you're talking about, HIM? Hormones set it, you didn't.
Also: It sounds like you behaved terribly after you dumped your ex. When you wrote, "I made both our lives difficult," I read, "I stalked my ex." (Snooping after a breakup? That's a stalker move.) And having "emotionless sex" with someone who has "blocked out all [his] feelings" for you — being treated like a Fleshlight by someone you still have feelings for — is rarely a pleasant experience, HIM, and it must have been particularly painful for your ex back when she still wanted to get back together with your artsy-fartsy ass. So perhaps she's treating you this way — keeping you on call for cuddles, dropping hints about getting back together (in old age!), dumping "emotional crap" on you about her current boyfriend — in a subconscious effort to get revenge. You tormented her then; she's tormenting you now.
But whatever her deal is, the bottom line is this: When two people aren't good to each other, when they're not good for each other, they should get the fuck away from each other.
I'm a 23-year-old bi female from Vancouver, BC, and I've been heavily sub-identified since I started having sex nine years ago. (Don't worry — the age of consent was 14 then!) But lately, with the helpful guidance of my lovely boyfriend, I've been realizing I have a very pronounced Dom streak. Do you have any pointers on starting out? I read The New Topping Book by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy, and it was helpful, but I was wondering if you had any tips. I'm pretty uncomfortable topping my boyfriend — he's always been the top, and I'm nervous about doing it wrong.
Another Novice Top
Give yourself permission to do it "wrong," ANT. I don't mean "wrong" in the accidentally-injure-or-kill-the-boyfriend sense of doing BDSM wrong. I mean "wrong" in the go-your-own-way sense. You'll be less nervous about topping if you relax and give yourself permission to be yourself, i.e., nervous and inexperienced, a little awkward in your new role. Remember: You don't have to be the perfect snarling dominatrix the very first time you pick up a crop. You don't have to be a snarling dominatrix ever, ANT, if that's not who you want to be. Check out the wonderful Beyond the Valley of the FemDoms — beyondthevalleyofthefemdoms.tumblr.com — for some insight on being your own dominant woman, not some FemDom porn cliché. Good luck!