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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

BEING A WHORE MADE ME A BETTER PARTNER

I never knew what it was like to be free with my impulses. The years of suppression turned me into a dummy. I had zero skills. All that existed was the urging of sexual gratification, which had been denied to me my whole life. Love and intimacy was unfamiliar because all I wanted to have was physical contact with another man. Growing up it was all I wanted, and now that I was here in a place where I felt okay to express myself, I wanted to make up for the lost time.
There’s a thing out there called the Two Year Phase, which has to do with gay men, particular ones born and raised in suppressing environments, who become promiscuous as soon as they come out. It typically lasts a couple years for them to get it out of their system so to speak. Once it’s over with, they’re able to mentally place themselves in proper alignment with the experience of peers their age. For me, it lasted three.
Men in general have an interesting relationship with sex. Mental images and sexual urgings speak a language in unison with our brain, sending messages about what we really want/need. Sometimes it’s just a fantasy, but other times it fuels a desire to grab what’s missing from the equation. For me, while sex proved to be convenient, it desensitized my understanding of what true love was.
I marked “sex” off my checklist real quick. That was over and done with. As I found myself becoming more comfortable in my own head, I opened new opportunities to seek love and romance too. But it was hard, and I struggled to find it.
Sex was out of my system, which made it easier than I thought. What I didn’t have experience in was intimacy and emotional connection. That required practice. I had to throw myself out there and meet single guys who wanted to find love. The conundrum was being able to get past the sex part. Sex was easy to get, but relationships are a hard nut to crack.
I discovered that love and sex, while easy to separate at times, live by the same rules. In order for me to allow myself to open up, I needed practice similar to how I got sex out of my system, I also needed to get dating out of my system.
Many of the guys I dated during this time were having the same struggles. They’d gone through years of promiscuity and were “over it.” They were looking to find someone willing to go with them to the next level. We were on the same page so it was much easier to share ourselves with one another.
If it weren’t for years of promiscuity, we might not have recognized how important love is in making sex meaningful. Some discover it early while others find it later. Obviously, not all gay men have the same experience. Everyone exists in different areas when it comes to love and acceptance, but I can’t help but notice that LGBT people handle things in a different order than our straight counterparts. When you’re growing up in an environment that suppresses identity, it’s crucial to discover yourself at some point later in life. Most of the time we’re struggling to catch up to the rest of the world, who’s had a healthy progression, we learn valuable lessons through trial and error rather than on TV or Romantic Comedies.
I can only speak from my own experience, but the years I spent exploring my sexual boundaries and discovering what it all meant allowed me to be present in love. Love is something that happens organically while sex often unfolds by an effort to feel valuable. What I learned, however, is that being loved by another human being is a true testament to how valuable I am – having multiple sex partners never made me feel wanted, just lusted after. It took being in the trenches (sometimes literally) to know what was missing all this time.

3 comments:

  1. Excellent perspective and one that we all should consider. Naked hugs!

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  2. Wow this should be a smart way to find & discover love

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  3. I question the use of the term "whore" when we describe men or women who have sex frequently. Most people who are called whores do so for money. people should stop suppressing their sexual desires and find a lover and if they do have frequent encounters do it safe. But sexual suppression will only create other emotional and social problems.

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