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StillStanding1
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Default  Posted: 11:22 PM, September 20th (Friday)

I've tried so hard. I've been trying to forgive, working on improving myself, feeling better, trying to improve our M, going to MC/IC, reading books....

I know you will all say "don't blame yourself", but our sex life (pre-A and during) had gotten really lame and I often rejected his advances. Not fair to him. I also had an unknown medical condition that caused sex to be painful for many years. Didn't help add to any enjoyment or willingness on my part and gave much frustration on his part.

He didn't want to break up our family and made a very bad choice to seek fulfillment elsewhere. He admits this and admits he is broken. For months, we've been working on our M - Retrouvaille, MC/IC, reading, being kind to each other. We've been speaking each other's "love languages". I went to the doc and found that a topical steroid vastly improved my pain issues. We've been having sex a lot and I was working to keep the mind movies at bay and just enjoy the physical sensations. I tried to spice things up with lingerie, toys, whatever...

Although he was doing a lot right in terms of R (communication, accountability, spending time with us, demonstrating love), every now and then he would pull away emotionally or physically and I knew something just wasn't right.

Well, today he was going to IC after work. I emailed him some thoughts that he really needed to dig deep for the "why" that allowed him to justify his poor decisions. He has said many times that he doesn't blame me. Yet, as I was trying to be open and honest with him (an issue I am working on), he responded with his own honesty...

Here comes the hurt...

He has learned that he really prefers "wild, crazy, pounding, screaming, hang from the ceiling, monkey sex" and that is not what he senses that I enjoy. And he's right. His definition of fun sex is not the same as mine. I thought the sex we were having was fun, adventurous, and fulfilling. But no, I'm not a porn star in the bedroom. And yes, I am quiet when there are kids awake and potentially listening...

So, basically, he says he really loves me and our life together and wants us to work, but he's scared that if he doesn't get that kind of sex, he will be driven to stray again. He says he never wants to hurt me again by betraying me again. He really is remorseful over the pain he has caused me and our family.

He got very mad when I used the word "selfish". While he said he was selfish for having the A, he feels he was selfless for years, being denied the sexual fulfillment he needed, for the sake of holding our family together. He was a good father and a good provider. He was kind and loving to me (obviously outside of the A!), but we had 20 good years together.

He was my best friend and I still love him. But I guess I am just at the point of realizing that no matter what I've tried to fix that was broken in our M, it's just not enough.

Is it time to just let go?


Me: 40s BS, Him: 40s WH
M 21 yrs - 3 teens
LTA = 2+ yrs, Dday = 2/10/13, he moved out, he officially moved back in 1/25/14 and our work continues...

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Aubrie
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Default  Posted: 11:33 PM, September 20th (Friday)

he feels he was selfless for years, being denied the sexual fulfillment he needed, for the sake of holding our family together.

Oh riiiight. So he had this sexual preference epiphany after his affair. How convenient.

he's scared that if he doesn't get that kind of sex, he will be driven to stray again.

He's very generously warning you that if you can't find your inner Jenna Jameson, then he can't and wont be held accountable for "acting out".

Its easy for him to blame you for his problems so he doesn't have to look internally and deal with it.

He is indeed selfish. If he's not happy, he should leave. Not threaten to cheat again.

(((StillStanding)))


Me - FWW * Him - QuietStand

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StillStanding1
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Default  Posted: 11:45 PM, September 20th (Friday)

Thanks, Aubrie. That's exactly what I've been thinking and honestly, knew I would hear here. I've read enough to know this.

It's just so hard to give up... I think giving up is harder than trying to reconcile (and that's hard!)

How do you find the strength to walk away?

I am just devastated by this latest "revelation". Feel like I've wasted an additional 7 months of my life. My kids can sense that a major shift has occurred and are upset and on edge. I don't know how to reassure them anymore. I've kept up my mask for months. I can't do it forever.

I am just so very, very sad. It's hard to let go of hope for a better future. I really gave it all I had.


Me: 40s BS, Him: 40s WH
M 21 yrs - 3 teens
LTA = 2+ yrs, Dday = 2/10/13, he moved out, he officially moved back in 1/25/14 and our work continues...

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gonnabe2016
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Default  Posted: 11:47 PM, September 20th (Friday)

he really loves me and our life together and wants us to work, but he's scared that if he doesn't get that kind of sex, he will be driven to stray again

*sigh*
IMHO, I would tell the guy that you cannot guarantee that you will be able to have that kind of wild monkey-sex with him for the rest of eternity so it's time to split your shit up because you refuse to live with that sword hanging over your head. What he has said to you is beyond cruel....that if you aren't going to be the screaming monkey, then he just *might* stray again.

Can I assume that you guys had sex before you were married and he was a witness to your not-super-demonstrative behaviors during sex? Or even if your initial sex stuff was okay with him.....is it really realistic to expect that after 20 years of having sex with the same guy that you are going to still be swinging from chandeliers? I know that there were times during sex with my 20 yr WH that I was like....really? THAT move (that I don't like and have SAID that I don't like) again????

Sex is only ONE aspect of a relationship. If your WH cannot show respect for all of the other aspects of the relationship.....such as your long-time together and history that you share.....then perhaps a temporary 'sayonara' is not such a bad idea.....especially since he has just pretty much told you that if you aren't willing to be *all that*, that he will look elsewhere.... <--That doesn't sound like much of a commitment to me.....


"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott

In my effort to be *concise*, I often come off as blunt and harsh. Sorry, don't mean to be offensive.


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wontdefineme
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Default  Posted: 12:00 AM, September 21st (Saturday)

The sex he wants is porn sex. I had crazy sex with my ex, didn't stop him having an affair. Just because he is single will not guarantee more sex, crazy sex, or any sex at all. Statistically, don't married people have more sex?

At least you know where your life is heading and you have the truth from him.

Being single won't be all its cracked up to be for him. My ex mil told me my ex doesn't like the single life. I guess he doesn't get the daily sex he needed and demanded when he was married. Too bad, so sad.

We were at a hotel one time and overheard some loud sex next door. I called it date sex where all that moaning loud was for the sake of impressing the guy, he had a look on his face like he had been lied too. Sure hotel and single sex is different from there are kids in the house sex. Tell him to grow the hell up.


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PeaceLove187
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Default  Posted: 12:00 AM, September 21st (Saturday)

What a selfish bastar....oops, it's the wrong forum to be bashing the spouse. So he decided he wants monkey sex and can't guarantee he'll keep it in his pants if he doesn't get it. Well, Buddy, I want a young Mel Gibson looking at me over my morning coffee but it looks like that's never going to happen. We don't get everything we want in life and if monkey sex is more important to him than his family and his self-respect, then so be it. He certainly has the right to make that choice, but he does not have the right to threaten you and blame his future acting out on your preference for the kind of sex that safeguards your self respect.

Loving spouses compromise. Loving spouses willingly choose the intimacy of truly loving sex over the monkey sex of an illicit affair. Loving spouses don't threaten to seek fulfillment elsewhere.

On the other hand, if he is telling you that his sexual compulsions are so strong that he doesn't know if he can keep himself from acting out sexually, then he needs to see an SA specialist.


BW--Me, 57
FWH--Him, 59
Married 35 years
Empty Nesters

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StillStanding1
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Default  Posted: 12:24 AM, September 21st (Saturday)

Thanks, all of you! I didn't think it was possible that I could laugh tonight, but you got me there. I guess when it gets this ridiculous, you have to laugh, right?

Can I assume that you guys had sex before you were married and he was a witness to your not-super-demonstrative behaviors during sex? Or even if your initial sex stuff was okay with him.....is it really realistic to expect that after 20 years of having sex with the same guy that you are going to still be swinging from chandeliers?

Yes, you may "assume" that... We moved in together after a year of dating, got engaged a year later, and married another year later. He had plenty of time to "try before you buy". I totally get that our sex life went downhill and that we didn't address the problems in our M and our sex life. But I admitted that from Dday and have actively been working to "fix" my end... I just can't believe what came out of his mouth today. Just shell-shocked and reeling...

Without calling any names, can I say that today I decided that, "I think I'm okay NOT being a screaming f*@k monkey..."? I may not be Jenna Jameson, but I am committed, loyal, honest, loving, intelligent, kind, fun, and of high moral integrity. He'd be hard pressed to find a better wife and he KNOWS it. That's the truly sad part.


Me: 40s BS, Him: 40s WH
M 21 yrs - 3 teens
LTA = 2+ yrs, Dday = 2/10/13, he moved out, he officially moved back in 1/25/14 and our work continues...

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still-living
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Default  Posted: 12:56 AM, September 21st (Saturday)

Our situation is similar except I didn't have the affair, my wife did. We often desire those things we've never had, fantasizing that the grass is greener on the other side and is our solution. He probably believes monkey sex is his solution but I'm confident it is not. All the more reason he should be digging deeper.

[This message edited by still-living at 12:57 AM, September 21st (Saturday)]


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WW 47 FOO Issues
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High School Sweethearts
Married 06/91
8 months TT
Sons 19 and 14
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catlover50
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Default  Posted: 5:07 AM, September 21st (Saturday)

At the risk of playing devil's advocate I'm going to gently present a bit of a different view.

Although I agree that it is completely unacceptable to use any sort of a threat of straying when presenting ones sexual desires, you were asking for complete honesty. What if you said that you needed candlelight, soft music and massage oil to get turned on and that just wasn't his style--would you expect him to consider your needs?

I agree that he needs to do some more searching inside himself, but would booking a hotel room every few months and really letting loose, role playing, making some noise, etc be so demeaning? We have been having a lot of fun in the last year (no kids at home for us) and last night I was literally hanging from the ceiling. He hasn't insisted, we have just been playing, exploring and enjoying each other. Our sex life was adequate to great before; it's consistently great now. It takes work in a long term relationship, but to say that after 20 years the chandelier swinging is over just doesn't have to be true.

I totally understand your pain; just wanted to provide a different perspective. Perhaps your H is not some sleazy slimeball, but trying to honestly express his sexual desires with you.

Good luck.



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Laura28
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Default  Posted: 5:52 AM, September 21st (Saturday)

This:

IMHO, I would tell the guy that you cannot guarantee that you will be able to have that kind of wild monkey-sex with him for the rest of eternity so it's time to split your shit up because you refuse to live with that sword hanging over your head.

and this

Well, Buddy, I want a young Mel Gibson looking at me over my morning coffee but it looks like that's never going to happen. We don't get everything we want in life and if monkey sex is more important to him than his family and his self-respect, then so be it.

Couldn't have said it better.

When I read stuff like this I always think of those vows "In sickness and in health" etc.

What if.... you have a serious accident and end up a quadriplegic??? You develop a chronic illness which causes constant pain which precludes anything but vanilla sex? What then?

he feels he was selfless for years, being denied the sexual fulfillment he needed

Did he ever say "If you don't have monkey sex with me I will have an affair"? If not then he has no right to play this card.

So... he had an affair and now says he can't guarantee he won't do it again if you don't perform for him?

This sounds a lot to me like blame-shifting and a rather unpleasant threat.

JMHO

Wishing you peace

Laura



Married 32yrs Me BW 57Yrs Him FWH 60yrs
OWzero 1988 EA?/PA? Gaslighted.
Dday May 28 2010.
OW1 1994(6mths PA, EA 16+ years).
OW2 2002(8yrs PA).
OW3 2009(1Yr PA).
Others???? Status: Not Divorcing..but.."You can't unfuck the goat"

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HardenMyHeart
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Default  Posted: 8:58 AM, September 21st (Saturday)

I agree with catlover50.

Renting some cheap motel room for a couple hours and getting away from the kids can be a blast. Just be honest with each other about what you do and don't feel comfortable with. Don't be afraid to explore new things and roles to find out what does and does not work. Just have fun, and don't make it a big deal if something isn't right.

My wife and I do this once in a while. It works best if she has a couple extra glasses of wine before going to the motel. Not enough wine to get her drunk (I don't like it when she is drunk), but just enough to loosen the inhibitions.


Me: BH, Her: FWW - Long Term EA/PA
d-day: June 25, 2007
Married 30 years, Reconciled

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Gr8Lady
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Default  Posted: 9:20 AM, September 21st (Saturday)

Two scenarios come to my mind... Your type of sex is very much like what I indeed like. Perhaps adding a twist to it by blindfold him and sweet agony of tease. Bring him over to your side. Teach him what you like makes it better for him.

Second is my mean girl attitude... Your saying to him wild monkey , hanging from the chandelier sex is awesome IF my man can TURN that on in me. In other words it is HIM that can't create that response. Ok a little mean, but think of this everyday sex is well everyday... The hot stuff is here and there. The answer isn't a new partner but investing in the right one.
Just my freakin 2 cents. Lol
And I have to add. Selfish asshole justification from him.


BS: Me (63yo)
FWH: HIM (65yo) serial infidelities over past 35 years
OW: Many, most recent 1/2 his age
DD: Multiple unconfirmed until 2012 when I presented evidence, plus LTA with his friends wife lasting 10 years. TT over past year
So done,

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mchercheur
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Default  Posted: 11:30 AM, September 21st (Saturday)

(((StillStanding1)))
What a painful thing for him to say.

It sounds to me like there is some major blameshifting going on.

So many aspects of your post spoke to me.

First of all, if you really think he was threatening you, after all you have sacrificed , tell him to start packing.
You have given him more than one tremendous gift.

our sex life (pre-A and during) had gotten really lame and I often rejected his advances. Not fair to him.

He could have come to you & talked about it, instead of going outside of the marriage.

Like you, I have also tried really hard to twist myself into a pretzel to try to compete with the sex WH had with OW.
But WH & I are both in our late 50s. He may still be like a teenage boy as far as libido goes, but I work, have 4 kids (3 are still home), & I am tired. OW was 20 yrs younger,divorced, no kids = much more energy. Guys like this don't have a clue.

We can not compete with the excitement of illicit, forbidden sex with a new person. If that is what your WH is "missing", then he has some serious holes in himself & he had better take a look at them.

Perhap this is true for you also:
I would like more emotional intimacy in my marriage---but WH is not capable of meeting that need for me to the extent that I would like. He is trying (MC is helping a little with this), but still falls very short. How would he like it if I said: Well, if you don't do xyz, I will have to go elsewhere.

Maybe emotional intimacy is not an issue for you, but I'm sure you can think of some way that your WH is not meeting your needs to the extent that you would wish.
And yet, you are still being a loyal partner to him.

Sure, the practical suggestions above about hotels, etc., are great. I'm sure there are many more ideas to spice things up & make them more exciting.
A marriage is about trying to meet each other halfway.

But, what I hear in your WH's statement is that monkey sex is more important to him than you are.


together 25 yrs, married 24 yrs, 4 children;Rebuilding
D Day: 5/10/2011 PA
OW: WH's co-worker,divorced, no children, 20 yrs younger than I-----& she knew he was married, had met our kids, but that did not stop her from trying to destroy our family

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gonnabe2016
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Default  Posted: 11:49 AM, September 21st (Saturday)

I didn't mean that I thought sex in a long-term M is destined to become boring and vanilla. I think that spicing things up and adding variety in order to keep things *fresh* is a really good idea.

However, the impression that I got is that he wants this monkey sex *every* time (or the majority of the time, anyway). There's nothing wrong with him saying that he really, really prefers monkey sex. That's his truth about what he likes and it's good information for you to have because how can you be expected to know what he likes if he doesn't tell you?

My problem is with where he took the conversation AFTER expressing his preference. He had 2 acceptable options: ask you if you could work with him to add some monkey sex in every once in a while, OR admit that he feels that the 2 of you are sexually incompatible and it's a deal-breaker for him. But he chose an incredibly offensive option by telling you that he *might* stray again. What.The.Hell??? That shouldn't even be on his radar. He's married -- *straying* isn't an option.

I'm not getting a compromising, 'partnership' vibe from him at all. The vibe I'm getting is that he still has a cheating mentality and I don't believe that a truly remorseful spouse would EVER make that type of statement to his/her BS. Ever.


"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott

In my effort to be *concise*, I often come off as blunt and harsh. Sorry, don't mean to be offensive.


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Silentthoughts
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Default  Posted: 12:00 PM, September 21st (Saturday)

I agree with catlover50. You want complete honesty, could he have been more delicate?....of course. But I wonder if all the years of painful sex has affected you in that department. also maybe you don't feel completely safe with him in a sexual way? these issues could be keeping you from really enjoying sex and letting go of your inhibitions? i could be way off, and this is just my opinion, but it might be something to look at further.


WW - early 50s (me)
BH - late 40s
3 grown children
Married 25 years
Online cyber sex dec 2010. I got caught late dec 2010. Lying and TT until full disclosure jan 2011.
In R we both are committed to staying in this M.

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mchercheur
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Default  Posted: 12:03 PM, September 21st (Saturday)

gonnabe2016 nailed it


together 25 yrs, married 24 yrs, 4 children;Rebuilding
D Day: 5/10/2011 PA
OW: WH's co-worker,divorced, no children, 20 yrs younger than I-----& she knew he was married, had met our kids, but that did not stop her from trying to destroy our family

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SisterMilkshake
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Default  Posted: 12:04 PM, September 21st (Saturday)

He wants crazy monkey sex every time? I have an idea. Do not have sex for six weeks. Tease each other sexually every day, though. Meet up in a hotel for a few hours after 6 weeks of this. Viola! Wild, crazy, monkey sex every time. Now, he will only have sex 8-9 times a year, but we all need to compromise in marriage, don't we?

eta: I personally know someone that this worked for him. We probably all have someone that we are very close to that this worked for them, too.

[This message edited by SisterMilkshake at 12:07 PM, September 21st (Saturday)]


BW (me) 50ish FWH 50ish
Married 34 years, 3 children
d-day 3/10 LTA (4 yrs./fucking & flirting)

"Oh, why do my actions have consequences?" ~ Homer Simpson
"She knew my one weakness: That I'm weak!" ~ Homer Simpson


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PeaceLove187
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Default  Posted: 12:09 PM, September 21st (Saturday)

With all due respect to those who are suggesting a bit more spice in your sex life, the key factor for me in your original post is that your H is saying he can't guarantee the desire for monkey sex won't drive him to stray again. He is saying his commitment to fidelity is contingent on monkey sex.

If I misunderstood and you were only assuming he might stray, then ignore me. But if that's what he said, please address that statement before adding any spice. And please don't force him to make you do anything you are not comfortable with.

My H is disabled and sex is becoming more and more difficult, and at some point sex will probably become impossible. So I guess I should tell him I can't guarantee that I won't stray, right?

Fix his attitude about fidelity before you book a hotel room for monkey sex.


BW--Me, 57
FWH--Him, 59
Married 35 years
Empty Nesters

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mchercheur
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Default  Posted: 12:17 PM, September 21st (Saturday)

WOW SisterMilkshake you are awesome! Doesn't that say it all


together 25 yrs, married 24 yrs, 4 children;Rebuilding
D Day: 5/10/2011 PA
OW: WH's co-worker,divorced, no children, 20 yrs younger than I-----& she knew he was married, had met our kids, but that did not stop her from trying to destroy our family

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SisterMilkshake
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Default  Posted: 12:17 PM, September 21st (Saturday)

So, basically, he says he really loves me and our life together and wants us to work, but he's scared that if he doesn't get that kind of sex, he will be driven to stray again.
If you couldn't discern from my sarcastic post that this is what I feel the real issue is. gonnabe, PeaceLove and some others are spot on.

Now, if your WH didn't actually use those words about be "driven to stray" and that is what you are assuming he meant, you need to ask him if that is what he meant.

Telling your partner what your sexual needs and wants are is very important in a marriage. You don't get to tell your partner you may stray if you don't get what you want. That is just wrong.


BW (me) 50ish FWH 50ish
Married 34 years, 3 children
d-day 3/10 LTA (4 yrs./fucking & flirting)

"Oh, why do my actions have consequences?" ~ Homer Simpson
"She knew my one weakness: That I'm weak!" ~ Homer Simpson


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mchercheur
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Default  Posted: 12:31 PM, September 21st (Saturday)

he can't guarantee the desire for monkey sex won't drive him to stray again

Fidelity is a choice. Is he committing to it, or not? You had better find out today.

[This message edited by mchercheur at 12:31 PM, September 21st (Saturday)]


together 25 yrs, married 24 yrs, 4 children;Rebuilding
D Day: 5/10/2011 PA
OW: WH's co-worker,divorced, no children, 20 yrs younger than I-----& she knew he was married, had met our kids, but that did not stop her from trying to destroy our family

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Rebreather
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Default  Posted: 1:13 PM, September 21st (Saturday)

The bullshit part is he didn't cheat because he wasn't getting enough sex. He cheated because he felt entitled to peruse his own goals regardless of the expense to you. Bad coping mechanisms are bad coping mechanisms, period. Did he come to you and suggest a sex therapist? Did he ask you to see a doc about your pain? Did he tell you his eye was wandering?

I want to say something about porn sex and I am going to try to not offend anyone. Porn sex can be great and wonderful, but if it is the only kind of sex someone wants then I start to see intimacy issues. Sex can be magnificent when it is tender and lovely as much as when you are purely fucking. The wonder of committed sex is about that connection with your partner. Safety and trust and security. If all he wants is the nasty, then I would wonder why. Can he be open to a true partner? I think this is where he might focus some work.


Me BS
Him WH
2 ddays in '07
Recovering.
"The cure for the pain, is the pain." -Rumi

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StillStanding1
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Default  Posted: 2:21 PM, September 21st (Saturday)

All of you SIers are really the greatest! Thank you! I really appreciate the diversity in opinion and suggestions. You have given me so much food for thought, which is what I was truly looking for. I haven’t worked this hard to throw in the towel yet and am still open to suggestions (thanks all you devil’s advocates!), yet I need to steel myself for the possibility that this is unworkable.

I don’t have as much time to write as I’d like, so I will answer some of your responses briefly…

Gonnabe, exactly what you said. I have been trying really hard to improve things on my end – more playful, more initiating, more frequency. There are some things I do very right and he tells me that too. I do need to know his preferences and he mine. Unfortunately, although I don’t think he meant to make it sound like an ultimatum, that’s how it felt to me. And those were his words. He has often said he doesn’t blame me, yet then has made statements like “If you had been giving me what I needed, I wouldn’t have needed to do this.” I called him on it. Yes, major blameshifting which is exactly where I was headed with my original email to him yesterday. Please talk to your IC about the “why”s beyond this. I have owned up to my part, accepted the responsibility for my own selfishness, and tried to correct this.

Silentthoughts, Yes, I feel like I’m one of Pavlov’s dogs being retrained. I still have some fears about the pain, especially if he gets rough. And I still get some pain if we go for hours, as he likes… Most of all, I do have some mental/emotional barriers to overcome as I am still really raw emotionally from his betrayal and indecisiveness, in addition to the knowledge that AP was everything I am not… I don’t want to be her. If we are to make this work, we need to find common ground that works for us both.

SisterMilkshake, always good comments from you! Ha! And yes, I do need to find out from him if he wants screaming monkey sex everytime or if we can find a compromise…

Fix his attitude about fidelity before you book a hotel room for monkey sex.

PeaceLove, Yes. This^^^^ I can’t do it otherwise.

Mchercheur, we are about to drive one hour to a wedding. I plan to find out today.

Rebreather, I totally agree. I do see that he has emotional intimacy issues. I could expound on your post, but need to run.

Truly, huge thanks to all of you. I almost boycotted the wedding today. Now I feel like I actually have a plan for discussion. You were there when I need the right words and even a laugh through my tears…


Me: 40s BS, Him: 40s WH
M 21 yrs - 3 teens
LTA = 2+ yrs, Dday = 2/10/13, he moved out, he officially moved back in 1/25/14 and our work continues...

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Silentthoughts
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Default  Posted: 8:21 AM, September 23rd (Monday)

You know the more I thought about it the more I wanted to ask you if this preference for wild sex is post a or did he want that pre a also? The reason I asked is because for about a year after my situation (cybersex) I felt I wanted different sex, more rough and crazy. Now almost 3 years out, I've been back to "normal" for the past 2. It's hard to explain exactly what was going on in my brain at the time, it was almost like my hard wiring was different from all the exposure I'd gotten on line to stuff I normally wasn't into. If that makes sense? Maybe he is still in that mindset?

As the WS we have the responsibility to help the bs heal, he should be making you feel safe to be physically intimate, and telling you he wants a different level of sex than you feel comfortable with is not the way to do it. I'm all for being honest in the bedroom, but there is a time and place and a proper way for talking about improving your sex life and its not until you are firmly recovered from his a.


WW - early 50s (me)
BH - late 40s
3 grown children
Married 25 years
Online cyber sex dec 2010. I got caught late dec 2010. Lying and TT until full disclosure jan 2011.
In R we both are committed to staying in this M.

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StillStanding1
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Default  Posted: 9:21 AM, September 23rd (Monday)

Silentthoughts, thanks so much for giving this more thought and offering your additional insights from a different perspective. I am struggling so hard for understanding of all of this.

I am starting to ask some of these types of questions. Unfortunately, he was not ready to discuss on Saturday and we decided to just take a "break" from the emotional rollercoaster and just have fun at the wedding. However, yesterday I wrote him several long emails and asked him to do some digging. I tried to be very calm and non-accusatory in my tone. Explained that I am looking for solutions.

I feel as though this is a new, and previously unknown, desire... I know he has always had a high sex drive. He had an active sex life before meeting me, but was always monogamous. Many women, but one relationship at a time. He "said" that he would never have a MLC, because he had already sown his wild oats. I thought our sex life was satisfying to him back then. Yes, it took a nose dive over recent years. I've expressed true remorse over my part in that and tried to show in actions that I am committed to improvements in this area.

I did "tell" him last night that I feel he moved the target on me. That I can't possibly intuit what he wants/needs if he doesn't communicate. That we both need to dig deep for our WHYs for our behavior and decisions so that we can move forward in a collaborative way.

I also explained that I want him to understand how vulnerable sex is for me at this point. That I feel judged, inadequate, self-conscious, and also angry. That I've needed to almost disconnect from my emotions in order to have sex. That I want to get to a point where I feel loved unconditionally, valued, and safe again. I want to have sex WITH emotion again, feel fully connected, not just pleasured. That I think our sex life can continue to improve if we both communicate, do the work, and he helps me feel safe and loved again.

He has replied that he wants to read all my emails multiple times and reply thoughtfully. I will wait patiently... I think perhaps we are on the verge of making some forward progress (or throwing in the towel, I guess....) We can't exist in limbo forever, right?

I really appreciated the added insight. I think you have a point and it might actually help him understand himself too. He has said how self-loathing he is right now and how he feels like some kind of sexual pervert. I don't honestly know if he's repressed these desires for years or if this in an aftereffect of the A.

We've got a lot to learn...


Me: 40s BS, Him: 40s WH
M 21 yrs - 3 teens
LTA = 2+ yrs, Dday = 2/10/13, he moved out, he officially moved back in 1/25/14 and our work continues...

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Silentthoughts
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Default  Posted: 12:16 PM, September 23rd (Monday)

Stillstanding1: If he's feeling "perverted" that's probably a good sign that he may "snap out" of it and it may just be temporary distorted thinking. I don't know if that's the case obviously, but that's what happened to me. It could be something for him to explore. You can't fix him though. He's gotta do the hard work himself.


WW - early 50s (me)
BH - late 40s
3 grown children
Married 25 years
Online cyber sex dec 2010. I got caught late dec 2010. Lying and TT until full disclosure jan 2011.
In R we both are committed to staying in this M.

Posts: 76 | Registered: Aug 2013
OK now
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Default  Posted: 12:22 PM, September 23rd (Monday)

I would find his monkey sex request rather offensive. He should be fortunate you were prepared to reconcile, without demanding that you behave like a sexual performing seal.

Part of the problem is that the focus seems to be on whether or not he will cheat again if you are not prepared to swing from the chandeliers. As I said he should be concerned with rescuing this relationship after his hurtful betrayal.

In a few years ED will start to intrude on his simian activities. It would be interesting to start to make these extreme sexual demands of him when he can no longer get it up, so as to speak.

[This message edited by OK now at 12:25 PM, September 23rd (Monday)]


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LearningToRun
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Default  Posted: 3:06 PM, September 23rd (Monday)

Just wanted to add that my Ex used the "monkey sex" excuse and there was also a moving target i was trying to hit to "make him happy and want to stay"

Turns out, it wasn't the monkey sex at all, that was just the excuse du jour because he didn't know how to make himself happy. He still doesn't. (i watch him chase it from afar with material things)
He now has a new pretzel and i can guarantee you my sex life is so.much.better than his.


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NoMorDeceit
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Default  Posted: 7:28 PM, September 23rd (Monday)

I think the problem is that how he defines "monkey sex" now will likely always be a moving target...and an excuse to cheat. He wants an excuse to be unfaithful, make no mistake or he has a severe mental illness that prevents him from controlling his compulsions. Either one I'd be looking for the exit. You can't win here. It will likely never be "enough". That is absolutely no way to live your life.


FBS, been through the D marathon too.
Many D Days in April 2009
Multiple affairs, LTAs, and many OWs
Reconciled... There is hope! :)


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