Originally posted July 29, 2010:
I am a man who has been in an open marriage for 10 years. My wife dates men on her own, and I get to enjoy the occasional threesome with her and one of her partners. (We had no luck dating women or couples.) The problem is, she is clearly more interested in "her" dates than in "ours," probably because the hotter guys are more interested in her alone than in us together. My wife is GGG, but it is hard for her to persuasively feign interest in the guys who are interested in us both. And it is frankly depressing to watch her go through the motions with one of "ours."
Does being GGG require her to be a good actress, or does it require me to pretend that I believe her when she claims she enjoys the three-ways we have together?
Is This A Silly Problem?
My response after the jump...
This isn't a silly problem. You're not happy, which means your relationship isn't working, which means it's time to renegotiate terms: Tell the wife to stop fucking other people for a while. (And, yes, you should have the authority to do that—both partners in an open relationship should be able to call a time-out.) If your wife balks, concede that you're asking her to pass up on some opportunities for hot sex. Then remind her that you're the guy she married, that you're the guy she's hoping will stick around once hot guys aren't lining up to get in her pants anymore, and that there will still be hot guys out there who want to fuck a year from now.
While you're not fucking other people, fuck each other, fuck a lot, work to reestablish your sexual connection.
Then when you're ready to start fucking other people again—and you're not ready until you're both ready—your wife should agree that over the next year she will fuck only guys who are interested in fucking you both. That's going to mean passing up on some hot guys who are only into her, of course, but that's a sacrifice she should be willing to make in order to save her marriage. It also means that she'll have to work harder to find hot guys who are into you both—do whatever you can to help—but she's likelier to make that extra effort if it's the only way she gets to fuck a hot guy who isn't her husband.
Hopefully by the time your three-way-or-the-highway year is up, ITASP, you'll have a few regular thirds on deck—hot guys who are into you both, guys your wife won't have to pretend with—and then she can do some solo adventuring without shredding your self-esteem in the process.
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