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Dear Dan:

Have boyfriend. Several months. Love sex. First time we sixty-nine, I notice he has a little turtlehead sticking out. You get me? Second time, he has bits of toilet paper stuck in that area. CAN I ADDRESS THIS? And how do I do it without giving him a permanently flaccid penis? I love this man to pieces and know this is a humiliating topic. Please help!

Mired in the Mud

Got you. Wish didn't. But did. If you don't have the nerve to speak up when someone is grinding shitbuds and dingleberries in the vicinity of your nostrils, I'm not sure there's anything I can say that's gonna help. But for what it's worth ... YES, YOU ADDRESS IT!

When someone pushes your face into a dirty asscrack — or allows you to place your face in the general vicinity of a dirty asscrack — you say something along the lines of "What the fuck, dude, go take a dump and jump in the shower! Christ!" His ego, to say nothing of his future erections, should be your least concern at a moment like that. So you say it without hesitation, without concern for his feelings, and you say it as you leap out of bed and reach for your shirt, pants, car keys, and phone.

Dear Dan:

I'm a 23-year-old gay guy. I've been talking to a nice guy who will possibly become my first boyfriend. The little quibble I'm having is ... I'm a virgin. It's not that big a deal to me — it just hasn't happened yet — but I was wondering if I should mention it to him. He made an aside about virginity once: "No, I'm not a virgin, that's nothing that you should worry about with me." That was probably my opportunity to tell him, but I didn't. Should I have told him? What if I tell him during sex? Could that make it hot? Thank you for what you do. I found the courage to come out because of you.

Ready and Willing

If you found the courage to come out to family and friends about being gay — which you found inside yourself, but thanks for the nice compliment — you can come out to this boy too.

Don't tell him during sex, and don't tell him in a way that makes this relevant information about your sexual history — you don't have one — seem like a character flaw, a cancer diagnosis, or a request for an open marriage six years after you began an adulterous affair with a congressional staffer. You're just a 23-year-old virgin. There's nothing wrong with you. The next time you see this boy, initiate a casual, low-stakes, getting-to-know-you make-out session at a time when you can't transition to full-on, no-holes-barred gay sex. Relax, kiss the boy, be chill. Then pause and inform him that you're not very sexually experienced — in fact, you've never been with anyone. Reassure him that you're not a duckling, but that you wanted him to know.

Dear Dan:

I stumbled — entirely accidentally — over my younger brother's "anonymous" sex blog. It goes into detail about the "domestic discipline" his wife subjects him to: humiliation, spanking, "ruined orgasms" (whatever that is!), cuckolding. There are no names, but there are pictures. And if I recognized them, other family members might. What do I say?

Biggest Big Bro

Besides "Hey, bro, I'm kinky too!"? (You "stumbled over" your brother's kinky sex blog? How'd that happen? Did he leave it sitting in your driveway?) If you can't bring yourself to say that, you say nothing and trust that more-distant, less-kinky family members are unlikely to "stumble over" your brother's anonymous femdom blog anytime soon.

Dear Dan:

Congrats: It looks like you've got your first high-profile "monogamish" public figure: Newt Gingrich. You must be so proud.

Savage Can't Understand Monogamy

For anyone who spent last week under a rock: Newt Gingrich, brave defender of traditional marriage, was still married to his second wife — and still fucking the consecrated host out of his "devout Catholic" mistress — when he asked his second wife to agree to an open marriage. Newt had been fucking Callista, his devoutly Catholic mistress, for six years when he made the big ask. Newt's second wife wouldn't agree to an open marriage, according to Newt's second wife, which is how she became Newt's second ex-wife and Newt's mistress — the devoutly Catholic Callista — became Newt's third wife.

That's not monogamish, SCUM. That's CPOSish. And lumping honest nonmonogamists — people who don't lie or cheat — in with the likes of the Gingriches and Schwarzeneggers of the world, which whiny and insecure monogamists (who are not to be confused with reasonable and secure monogamists) are always doing, is simply unfair. Newt, like Arnold before him, didn't succeed at nonmonogamy; he failed at monogamy.

Zooming out for a moment: The Gingrich campaign has presented the holesome story of Newt and Callista's courtship as a redemption narrative: Newt is a better man today thanks to Callista, he's better suited to be President thanks to Callista, and he's better prepared to defend traditional marriage thanks to Callista. She's been described as a "devout Catholic" in every profile written about her — so devout that her love brought Newt to the one, holy, Catholic, apostolic, and ever-more-rabidly anti-gay church. So it seems to me that it's fair to ask if Callista knew in advance that Newt was proposing an open marriage to his then-wife and approved of the arrangement. It might be more accurate to say that Newt informed his second wife that she was already in an open marriage and asked if she wanted to remain in it.

Would the devout Catholic still be Newt's mistress today if the second Mrs. Gingrich had agreed to remain in the marriage that Newt had already opened?

This news alters the redemption narrative that the Gingrich camp set before the voters. So questioning Callista about the open marriage proposal — what did the mistress know and when did she know it? — seems like an entirely legit line of inquiry to me.

Callista Gingrich, like her vile husband, doesn't believe that gays and lesbians should be equal under the law because, as a good Catholic, she believes that homosexuality is a sin and that homosexuals should remain celibate. Well, the Catholic Church considers adultery, divorce, and birth control sinful too. Someone in the liberal media really ought to ask Callista to explain why her faith should place limits on my sexual expression but not her own.

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