Woman in 16 Year Marriage That Turned Sexless Wants To Know What To Do (Hax Letter)
A lot of Christians like to tell folks if they just hold off on sex until marriage, that the sex will be frequent and the best ever.
But then you see these letters or blog posts by married people who complain that the sex is terrible or is not happening at all. In some of these situations, the partner that wants sex will have an affair because the spouse with a low libido or sexual dysfunction is not putting out.
Christians need to stop promising singles that if they are chaste, they will have great and regular sex when they marry, and they need to continually remind married couples that celibacy is for married couples too – in a case where the husband lacks a sex drive, this does not give the wife the right to seek sex outside of marriage (or vice versa).
But too often, Christians just assume that the only persons who need to hear sermons and reminders about being sexually pure are singles. Wrong!
Note also that the woman writing this letter wants to have sex. She misses sex. Too often in secular and Christian culture, men are depicted as being randy horn dogs who always want to have sex, while married women are depicted as hating sex and not wanting it. The fact is a lot of women want sex and enjoy it. Sex isn’t for men only.
Here is the letter to Hax:
Dear Carolyn (Hax):
- I’ve been with my husband for 16 years, married 10. We were friends at first, and it grew into a mutual love. Generally we’re great.
- The not-so-great part is that he stopped wanting sex, and it has been a source of contention for a few years now.
- Even with all the friendship and ability to talk issues out, this is one thing he just hasn’t improved on. No doctor visits for it, no therapy, nothing.
- We were going to try for kids. What can I do? If I stay, I’m probably sexless and childless; but if I leave, there’s no guarantee I find the friendship and companion I have now.
- I feel betrayed by him and have laid this out for a therapist, but other than stay or go, I can’t seem to make a decision.
- Leaving While It’s “Good”
- Leaving While It’s “Good”:
- No, leaving won’t guarantee you’ll find someone else, but there is a guarantee (reasonably speaking) that staying will cement you in this unsatisfying place.
- And this is neither a guarantee nor a reason in itself to leave, but if you do meet someone with whom you have chemistry, a year or 10 from now? Boom.
- Meanwhile, if you’re not angry yet at his unwillingness even to try to meet your needs, you may be soon, and the “friendship and companion” rock of your marriage will have a tough time holding up under the drip-drip-drip of resentment.
- The barrier to leaving, I believe, is highest when you like the person you’re with but don’t like what the two of you create when you’re together.
- In that case, you don’t want to hurt the person, you don’t necessarily even want to leave the person — and leaving anyone feels like this huge scary terrible thing — so you tell yourself over and over again that you can change the circumstances of your lives together. Right?
- Eventually, though, time tells you whether something actually can or will change, and in this case time seems to have spoken. Your decision feels like known vs. unknown, but, in most cases, the known is all you need.
I think the following is a reply from one of Hax’s readers:
- Re: Leaving:
- My ex-husband and I found ourselves in our own version of this place, both growing resentful about the ways we didn’t meet each other’s needs.
- We could have allowed that resentment to grow until we got divorced in a cloud of acrimony. Instead we got divorced while it was still basically good.
- Getting divorced was the best thing for our relationship. We’re the best of friends. But we don’t expect the same things that married couples expect from each other, so we’re free to enjoy each other.
I’ve met a wonderful man with whom I’m much more compatible. He knew from the beginning that my relationship with my ex was important to me and he’s fine with that.
(Link): Why Christians Need to Uphold Lifelong Celibacy as an Option for All Instead of Merely Pressuring All to Marry – vis a vis Sexless Marriages, Counselors Who Tell Marrieds that Having Affairs Can Help their Marriages