Friends & Sexual Attraction

I have often said men and women cannot be “close” friends without crossing boundries–physical or social. I’m speaking for myself, because I know I’ve masturbated thinking about different situations concerning a couple of my friends (I would die if they knew.)

I mean, serious friendship. No flirting, no sex; just a mutual respect for one another. I’ve had this conversation with people ranging from different ages, male and female, and the answers seem to be relative depending on your sex.

What I’ve found is that most men believe that it is impossible. Men and women cannot be friends without sexual attraction (to the point of acting on the attraction.) In fact, most men believe if a woman has a male best friend, who is not gay, she either slept with him at some point or she wants to sleep with him.

Based on the reactions I’ve seen, having a male best friend or male friends is a sore spot. Men can feel insecure about themselves or their partners if she needs other testosterone around her.

Women tend to feel that it’s easy to be friends with a man without having to lay in bed with him. It’s why we have such a strong skill in gently placing men we aren’t attracted to in the dreaded “friend zone.”

Women who are selective tend to take their time in deciding who to have a situationship or a relationship with. You can’t pressure them into sex, and trying to come on too strong can be a turn-off. I prefer to have male friends at times, just to be able to give a male perspective on situations where I may need advice. Men also seem to require less upkeep when it comes to maintaining constant communication, and carry less drama. Unfortunately, if you are woman known to have male friends, the stigma of being a hoe is attached to you, without anyone even knowing what kind of relationship you carry with these men.

Look. I do not believe men and women can be friends and mutually not cross that line. Because in my mind, all it takes is the right circumstance(s) and there will be awkward regrets the next day. I promise you.

Truth is “Lovers and Friends” does not have to apply to every male/female friendship. But keep in mind what kind of woman you are dating. Sometimes the situation is flipped, and she really is sleeping with her friend(s.) It’s on you to decide what level of respect you are giving and receiving in a relationship. Trust should be the foundation.

You should be able to meet her friends, both male and female, without wondering which ones she’s slept with. This is why it is important to be open and honest with your partner in every situation. It’s worse to hear it from outside the relationship.

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Queef 

Some feminists like to say that acceptance of female body hair is the final taboo — the final frontier of body shaming if you will. Well, I take your armpit hair and raise you a queef.

A queef is the sound a vagina makes when it sucks in a bunch of air for no reason, and then blows it back out. This sound is loud, disruptive, and often vibrates. Unlike farts, queefs are irrepressible.

While I can hold in a fart until I want to throw up, I cannot suppress a queef. No vagina-baring woman can. In fact, like fairies, queefs almost always make an appearance when you least expect them to – after standing up too quickly, while inverted at any point during a yoga class, or (my favorite), during and after sex.

Whenever I queef a few thoughts run through my head like, “FUCK!!!” or “NO!!!” and maybe, “NOT AGAIN!!”

Vaginas are beautiful flowers and vessels of joy, so it only makes sense that they should possess some glaring flaw. I get it… but does it really have to be the curse of the queef? It freaks me out that vaginas make such a ratchet noise.

Even a gross heathen like myself feels completely mortified, horrified, disturbed, and betrayed when their vagina sounds off like a foghorn without permission. I can’t help but think that post-sex queefs are equivalent to my vagina shaming me, smugly scolding, “PPPFFTT!!! Yeah, that’s what you get you whore.”

I’m still trying to figure out whether it’s best to acknowledge a sex queef when it happens, or to ignore it. I texted a few of my friends to share their queef experiences with me (lol at boundaries), and to confess whether or not they gave a crap.

Basically what I learned is the softest sex can cause an air raid. The sound is always so aggressive and unnecessary no matter what. It’s like okay, we get it. We heard it.

Occasionally a random article will pop up in my Facebook feed titled “Weird Things That Happen During Sex” or something stupid, and queefs always rank among the list. The subsequent advice is always to laugh it off and make a joke about it because body positivity, blah blah whatever.

Question: What do you say when a queef happens during sex?

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Cheap Men

Guys, women watch how a man spends — or fails to spend — his money as a direct reflection of how generous and giving he is as a person. For example, a man who calculates his every dime and rarely treats his woman, or his friends for that matter, will be seen as a tightwad who puts his own bottom line above all else–specifically her.

Furthermore, they/we will assume that this trait applies to all aspects of the man’s character, from how open he is with his feelings to how much love he is able to give. This is not to say that women equate love with money; simply that women will be more drawn to a man who is generous both in finances and spirit.

My dating history, coupled with my passion for personal finance and girl power has molded some strong beliefs about men and money.

So, if you were ever wondering, one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to love and money is cheap men. Seriously. There is nothing worse in my book. But my years of experience have given me the insight to detect that not every man that is tight with his wallet is cheap. He may actually be a keeper because he has a healthy relationship with money. He’s not cheap. He is financially responsible.

Here are a few ways to distinguish between financially responsible men and their no good, bootleg cheapo counterparts.

1. Price vs. Value: Cheap men speak in terms of price; financially responsible speak in terms of value. A cheap man will always find the price of something expensive no matter what the quality, the features, the level of convenience or improved quality of life it would bring. Nothing in the eyes of a cheap man is ever “really worth it.” (Sidenote: Despite it “not being worth it”, he has NO problem accepting it as a gift.)

On the other hand, a financially responsible man can objectively see why a product or service may be priced the way it is and still decide that he will pass on the purchase because it is not that important to him.

2. Hoarding vs. Handling: Cheap men hoard and hide money; they tend to be risk averse and would prefer to hide money in the lining of his mama’s fur coat than to spend it or invest it to buy something meaningful or to plan for the future. Financially responsible men, on the other hand, handle their money. They invest and envision. For example, financially responsible men may decide to save their money to purchase a home, invest in an index fund, set themselves up for retirement, or start their own businesses.

3. Treating Themselves vs. Treating Others: Cheap men are selfish. They have a scarcity mindset and only believe that there is enough for them. They don’t buy gifts for others; they don’t tip well; they lie about being broke to avoid chipping in. In other words, they are not generous when it comes to opening their wallets to show largesse to those that they claim to love. Financially responsible men, conversely, don’t mind showing their romantic companion a lavish time from time to time. They plan for splurge so they do not get sidetracked from their long-term financial goals. Similarly, they do not squeeze the last bit of service out of waitresses, department store workers, or cashiers

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Sex & Lies

Sex can be one of the most intimate and bonding experiences two people can have … but it can also be a time fraught with uncertainty, irritation and … LIES! C’mon, we’ve all lied occasionally about, during or after sex. “Was it good for you?” can really only be followed by, “Of course it was, honey,” unless you want to break up. If it wasn’t, bring it up later (gently) in the therapist’s office. Here’s ways we lie about sex.

1. Being on birth control. Sadly, women do lie about birth control sometimes. One woman confesses to telling her husband she is NOT on birth control even though she is. They mutually decided to have a baby, but after they hit financial and relationship problems, she decided it wouldn’t be a good idea. But when she tried to bring up going back on bc again, she says he “knows he’ll be mad and upset and think we’re breaking up or something.”

2. Not being on birth control. Probably the most dangerous sex lie a woman can tell — secretly trying to get yourself impregnated is never a good idea. Whether it’s to hold a relationship together, to twist a proposal out of a guy, or to just have a baby cause you’re ready and he’s not — STEER CLEAR of this major lie!

3. Of course I’m clean. New couples should have STD talks with each other — but usually it takes the form of, “Have you ever been tested?” and then the other person says, “Of course I have. I’m totally clean.” In reality, you don’t know unless the person shows you test results! And believe me, people lie about it. Some even go so far as to lie when they know they do have an SDT. A model is suing her rich ex after discovering she had herpes, which she believes he gave her.

4. You’re the best lover I’ve ever had. Might be true. But if not, you’ll say it anyway.

5. You’re the first lover I’ve ever had. Not everyone lies about this, but some do for some strange reason.

6. Sorry, got my period. One of those sneaky little fallback lies women rely on when they’re not in the mood. Some guys don’t care and will grab you anyway, but enough do get skeeved that it can be reliably used as an avoidance tactic.

7. Nope, not on my period. For the lady who wants some nookie but is afraid her menses-sensitive guy won’t comply if he knows she’s flowin’, she can just do a clean up and act like she doesn’t have it. By the end of the period, should be good for 15 minutes at least. If she leaks, she can be all, “Oh my goodness, I didn’t realize!”

8. I never fantasize about anyone else. Right.

9. I never masturbate. Okaaaay.

10. I love giving blowjobs. Usually said in the courtship period.

11. Your penis is huuuuge!

12. It tastes great.

13. You smell great.

14. That feels great. Yeah, even when he’s pinching your nipples like a toddler death-gripping a favorite toy.

15. Number of sex partners. Guys inflate. Girls forget (For women some encounter don’t count 😊)

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After-Sex Selfie

There’s no getting around it. Selfies are here to stay, but is the after-sex selfie the new notch on the bedpost?

Recently there’s been a new trend on Instagram: #AfterSex selfies (NSFW). It’s exactly how it sounds: tousled-hair couples lounging in various states of undress and post-coital bliss. Who thinks of these things? I’ve shared plenty of selfies, but I’ll never post an after-sex selfie.

I enjoy getting a peek into my friends’ lives through their Instagram feed. My instaphotos reveal my love of food, a cat who rules my desk, and my coffee addiction. Oh, and selfies, of course. With a quick glance, anyone will be able to figure out my preference for Starbucks and my hunger for Asian food, and my love for SurveyStud, Inc.

You won’t, however, figure out how my hair sticks up after a romp in the sheets.Sharing a post-sex selfie seems self-congratulatory to me. Grabbing the phone to document the occasion is rather counterintuitive for basking in a euphoric post-sex cuddle.

My anti-cuddling self would rather grab my smartphone to read an ebook instead. I’m pretty sure posting a photo of my guy fast asleep with an #aftersex tag would be considered TMI. Not to mention boring.

Naturally, I asked my guy what he thought about the #AfterSex selfie trend. His response: “Why ruin the moment by bragging that you just had sex?” Interesting. (Note to self… keep him 😉.)

Question: Would you share an After-Sex Selfie?

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Jealousy < Backfired

Guys allow me to start this off by saying, there are countless reasons as to why a woman would like to make a man jealous… Such as to get an ex back, get even and have revenge, or to get his attention.

Whatever the reason may be, making a guy jealous can be tricky, and may even backfire if you do it the wrong way. You need to be aware before you do it that making a guy jealous doesn’t always yield favorable results.

What can go wrong?

Before you even start to make a guy jealous, take caution and heed these warnings: Jealousy can make a guy obsessive, mean and violent: Making a guy jealous could potentially bring out the monster in him. If there’s any indication he can react violently, don’t take the chance or you might end up regretting it. Jealousy affects some guys in a very bad way. So be cautious and don’t make the guy too jealous.

You don’t get the guy just by making him jealous: Alot of guys don’t buy the jealousy technique and instead just give up on you. Guys often just think they’re better off without you.

If they give in to that type of emotional blackmail, it would hurt their ego so they give up as a means of escape from the helpless feeling. In some cases, guys even enjoy your act. Men who are self-assured, dominant, and who doesn’t have feelings for you find it interesting.

Be prepared for the payback: If he sees that you are just playing games, then you might just gain yourself an opponent. Some men react to jealousy by also making you jealous. It’s an eye for an eye. He’ll go out and flirt with other girls. He may even fight back to the point that he sleeps with another woman! So don’t expect him to come begging for you to come back. You may just get your own dose of medicine. And you’ll end up hurting all the more.

Only Make A Guy Jealous As A Last Resort

Use the jealousy approach as a last resort only because the stakes are high. It’s an easy weapon to use, but jealousy could also destroy you. If you have to resort to jealousy to get a man, then you will most likely fail.

Based on my experience (Yes I’ve played this game) if the guy has no feelings for you or has lost the love he once felt for you, making him jealous will not work.

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Silent Sex

At least once in our lives, we all have (or at some point, we will have) experienced an awkward sexual encounter. Talking during sex is not something that’s unheard of, we all do it even within the thin walls of our downtown apartments and it’s normal–so I thought.

But did you know there’s an epidemic of silent sex going on? 

My understanding some millennials tend to avoid making much noise or talking during sex because they worry about saying something their partner doesn’t like. So they settle for quiet sex because it seems like the lesser of two evils.

Well I’m here to tell my young readers, talking or sex talk is a great skill to learn because it brings a liveliness into the bedroom in so many ways. It keeps you present in the moment. It develops your communication abilities. It taps into your primal nature. It connects you to your sense of pleasure, and can actually help you feel even more turned on. And there are plenty of ways to do it without feeling like a dumbass. Here are my thoughts.

In college I had a roommate that was very vocal in the bedroom — but hated herself for it. She said (yelled / screamed) the things she thought her boyfriend wanted to hear. I think this is where a lot of people go wrong with sex talk. You don’t need to play a role or pretend to be someone you’re not durung sex. Give yourself permission to just be you in the bedroom. For example, don’t use words that make your stomach turn, and don’t try to use filthy language if you’re a more modest person. Be authentic.

If you’re completely new to talking during sex, it’s going to feel uncomfortable at first. It’s OK to be a little awkward! Learning something new is always challenging. You don’t want to force yourself to talk never the less even talk dirty if you’re genuinely not interested in it, but I think it’s important to note that you’re never going to improve any aspect of your life unless you push yourself a bit. Embrace your growing pains.

You can actually start talking on your own–yes this may seem comical but hey, whatever it takes to get you there find it. The idea of practicing “sex talk” may sound stupid, but it’s actually an easy way to figure out what your comfort levels are, what words you like, and how sex talk affects you.

If you feel particularly bashful, start with moaning first. Let out a few sighs or groans, or breathe heavily. Try saying a few simple things like “that feels good” or “yes.” You can do this while touching your body or masturbating, to get a sense of what it’s like to be verbal when you’re feeling stimulated.

As you’re practicing, try to identify what feels most natural to you. What talk doesn’t immediately make you burst into laughter or cringe in embarrassment? Are you more comfortable saying “dick” or “penis”–wait don’t say “penis” that is awkward.

Does moaning feel better than talking? Do you like being more playful and teasing, or more serious and erotic? If you find things that feel uncomfortable, practice saying them a few times before declaring them not your style.

Crap this is my stop, I have to go…

Question: Do you feel comfortable talking during sex?

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Her Feelings

Guys I’m passionate and emotional. My mood shifts day-to-day, hour-to-hour. To make me (women) feel good, you have to say and do the right things.

Now I understand “some of you” may believe your girl is the most stunning woman alive. I know this because I’ve seen you go out of your way to make her feel special, and appreciated. Yet with every positive there must be a negative. Negative being the guy-guy(s) that make women feel unattractive. How about this, just leave a comment after you read the blogg:

– Fail to compliment her efforts. You are the one person on earth whose opinion she values most. She needs to know you think she’s stunning both during the times she makes extra effort (i.e. takes a shower rather than just using dry shampoo), and the days she’s sick in bed.

– Praise another woman with words you’ve never used for your girl. If you are referring to a woman as drop dead gorgeous, and you’ve never used such powerful descriptions to describe your girl, it’s devastating to her.

She knows you find other women attractive, and for the most part, she’s OK with that. But when you emphatically compliment another woman, your partner feels like you are comparing her to that woman and she’s the one not measuring up. Your comments may be innocent, but it’s a dagger in her heart.

– Porn. Nothing will make her feel more despairingly inadequate than you looking at porn. A study by SurveyStud, Inc showed that after men were exposed to porn, they rated themselves as less in love with their partner, and were more critical of their partner’s appearance, sexual performance and displays of affection. From the female POV, you are saying to her, she is not good enough. As time goes by and you continue to look at porn, you’ll come to believe that about her as well. That is how we think.

– Not initiating a hug or kiss. Withholding physical affection except when you want to be intimate makes her feel used and undesirable.

Try kissing her one evening and telling her you love her. If you do this just because you love her, with no expectation of having sex after, she’ll feel beautiful and adored.

– Do a double take when another woman walks by. We know you’re wired to notice and appreciate beauty, but please learn not to gawk.

Similar to the reasons explained in complimenting another woman, you cannot understand how deeply it hurts your her to see you check out another woman. (And trust me: She notices, even when she doesn’t say anything.)

– Peek at your phone while your sweetheart is talking. Make eye contact with her when she is talking to you. It sounds simple, but it’s a common problem.

If you’re staring at your phone while she’s talking, she’ll start to wonder what’s wrong with her — even if you’re only checking ESPN for the halftime score. Couples who have a conversation with a phone nearby reported less trust in their partner, and a lower quality relationship, according to the folks at SurveyStud, Inc.

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Her Flexibility In Bed

So I’m laying here thinking having a super-flexible body comes with endless benefits. For starters, you can leave everyone in awe during yoga or pilates without breaking a sweat. But being able to wrap your feet behind your neck is also a handy trick in more, shall we say, X-rated realms. Flexibility opens up a whole wide world of sexual experimentation that less limber people can only dream of, or try at the risk of pulling various muscles. Here are positions to add to your roster when you’re insanely flexible.

– Modified lotus. The lotus sex position is all about closeness. The point is for you and your partner to become tangled up in each other while also benefitting from intense eye contact, which is why it’s a staple in movie sex scenes. Have your partner sit down with crossed legs, then sit on top them. While you’d usually wrap your arms around each other, the flexibility modification comes into play when you throw one or both of your legs over your partner’s shoulder. Hello, way deeper penetration! Nice of you to join the party.

– Modified standing doggy style. People with Gumby-like limbs can try out all sorts of standing sex that those with more resistant joints can’t quite manage. For this position, have your partner stand behind you, then bend forward in front of them, planting your hands firmly on the ground. You can keep your legs far apart or bring them closer together—it’s worth switching it up to see how that changes the sensation.

– Standing doggy style with a split. Start off in modified standing doggy style, then lift one of your legs in the air like the sex gymnast you are. Your partner can hold it while thrusting, or if your heights work for this, you can rest your foot on their shoulder. Even better if you don’t warn them you’re about to lift it, then look over your shoulder and see their eyes pop out in holy-hell-she’s-an-actual-sex-goddess amazement.

– Missionary with a split. Give this old favorite a very bendy twist. Lie on your back with your legs open and knees bent, and with a few pillows under your butt for support. Have your partner kneel in between your legs, and as you start having sex, lift one of them so it’s resting on their shoulder. As you continue, ask them to slowly lean forward until your leg is sandwiched in between your chests. The feeling of incredible sex combined with a good hamstring stretch is pretty much unparalleled.

– Missionary with both legs up. It’s the same as the previous position, except you’re throwing both legs over their shoulders before they lean down. Double the pleasure, double the fun, double the ahhh as you give your muscles a quality stretch.

– Reclining spider. Sit across from your partner and arrange your legs so that you both have one stretched and one bent. The magic happens when you each have a bent leg in the perfect place to create some very good friction. Thanks to your accommodating hip flexors and the ability to arch your back without throwing it out, you can move back and forth against your partner for however long you like.

– Reverse cowgirl with a side split. Take this sex-position staple up a notch. Have your partner lie down, then sit on top of them with one leg on either side of their body. Instead of just bouncing up and down at that stage, go a step further by leaning forward and extending your legs so you’re in a side split. You two can grind against each other, or your partner can take the reins and thrust up into you—perfect if you’re a fan of G-spot.

– Girl on top with a split. This is the upright version of missionary with a split, and depending on how you set yourselves up, it can do your body good in more ways than one. If you only extend your back leg, you can bend your front knee so you’re almost in a lunge position. All those up and down movements then do the double-duty of blowing your mind and boosting your workout.

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Does She Swallow

Yesterday I was walking from the metro to my apartment; I was stopped by a man who began speaking to me.

I had my headphones in, but I heard him say excuse me, so I took them out and waited for him to continue talking.

I thought he may be about to ask for directions, but then he said, “You know, you’re beautiful… your hair.” This was said at normal volume, but then he followed it up with a whisper, “Do you swallow?”

After a second of stunned silence from me, I realized that I was giving him exactly the reaction he wanted. His face in that second told me everything. He wanted to shock me, to intimidate me. He wanted to speak to me in any way he wanted, and I was supposed to stand there and take it.

Nope. Wrong woman. Actually, right woman, wrong man. Literally, wrong man. I shouted very loudly that what he had just said to me was vile street harassment. The street was quite busy. People looked. He quickly exclaimed that all he had done was tell me I was beautiful.

I shouted back at the top of my voice, informing him, and everyone else, that he hadn’t said only that. I told the street — and probably the next two streets — exactly what he’d said.

Now he was embarrassed. He quickly started to walk away, but I followed him. I continued shouting, telling everyone what he’d said to me. I took the very same words that he had attempted to shame me with, and used them as a way of standing tall in my own power.

See I understand it can feel “psychologically” good when you cum inside a woman’s mouth, especially when she gently sucks you while you ejaculate. Although we know you like it / that, not all women do it!

Let me first clear up something: there is nothing sexy about your semen. It’s got the texture of Elmer’s glue mixed with the scent of chlorine and sweaty balls. It’s a chlorinated, sweaty ball stew. I don’t care how diligently you’ve studied porn, women are not thirsty for your sticky juice.

One of my friends did reveal that her ex who ate a lot of fruit (pineapples, strawberries) tasted sweet. The same food items that make a woman’s va-j-j taste good. However, most of you live on steak, potatoes, french fries, burgers… making your ‘izz taste like ‘ish.

Anyway, before I get off topic. Not all women swallow or blow.

Question: Nothing to ask… I’m pissed about this topic.

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