Savage Love: All I Ever Wanted


I'm on vacation for three weeks — but you won't be reading old columns in my absence, and you won't be reading columns by anyone who isn't Dan Savage. You'll be reading new columns, all of them written by Dan Savage, none of them written by me.

Our second guest Dan Savage is 32 years old, single, and living in London. Dan Savage got his professional start working in promotions at the legendary London nightclub G-A-Y. He's now 10 years into a career in theater arts marketing and currently works for some of the West End's biggest hit musicals. Dan has never written a sex-advice column before, but he occasionally gets angry tweets that were meant for me.

Take it away, Dan!

Dear Dan,

I'm an early-30s bi woman. As I have more relationships, I have started to see a pattern in that I find sex much hotter when there is some degree of confusion or forbidden-ness. So relationship sex can get boring quickly. I know there's not necessarily a good answer for why, but any suggestions on what to do about this? I want to have great sex with a partner for life! Maybe my expectations about good sex in a long-term relationship are unrealistic? I know it's not always going to be crazy passion, but how can I sustain amazing sex in a relationship?

— Passion Fades From This

A problem you and I share! The fun is in the chase, the excitement of someone new, and that first time. You may return for a second or third time — but then what or who is next?

For those who don't understand, just imagine we're talking about food. You like food. You like lots of different types of food. Right now, your favorite food is hot dogs. But you don't want to eat that every day. Occasionally, you might want an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet.

I believe the secret to a good relationship — besides love and passion — is keeping it downright dirty! It's about keeping that spark alive. If the fun starts to fade, spice it up with toys, games, risky locations, additional people, rubber dog masks — you can't know what will excite you both until you give it a try! But that's the key, that you both like it.

There are millions of people all over the world in long-term relationships — can it really be that hard? Or maybe long-term relationships aren't for you, PFFT!

Dear Dan,

I am a 65-year-old male new to gay relationships. I placed a listing on SilverDaddies and have had a LOT of responses. I have met only one guy so far. He is 23 and says he has had only a few girlfriends and has not had any gay experiences. He is so passionate. Very oral. Long kissing sessions, and he puts his tongue EVERYWHERE. Very submissive and insatiable. Of course I use condoms. He considers himself straight, since he is attracted only to older men and is only a bottom. In any case, he will be back at grad school soon, and I will no doubt have another partner. I have never had an STD. I don't want to get one now. I talked to a clinic over the phone about getting the HPV vaccine, and they thought it was funny and would not do it. I will be seeing young guys who are sexually active, so I think I should be able to get this vaccine. I do not want cold sores or warts or whatever at my age.

— This Old Pop

I think it's great — if you don't mind me saying — that in your advanced years you are able to embark on this new sexual adventure, TOP! And you have a hot 23-year-old visiting you for regular sex — something a lot of people much younger than you would kill for!

As long as you are safe and wear a condom, you shouldn't put too much stress on yourself regarding STIs. Maybe just don't go around picking up boys off street corners who look like they need a good wash.

My personal opinion is this guy may not be being as honest with you as you'd have hoped. A 23-year-old straight guy, in his first homosexual encounter, being "very oral" and "only a bottom" and putting "his tongue everywhere" — that sounds to me like someone who knows what they're doing. My experience of first times is generally a quick fumble and an even quicker ejaculation.

Regardless, he is soon to leave, TOP, and you will find a new sexual partner. Advice from a YoungTOP to an OldTOP: Go with the flow and be safe, but most of all enjoy it!

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