and this...

* Except for readers who think consent isn't necessary.

Just saying.
Hmm. This new guy doesn't sound like a good match for you (or anyone?): You say you enjoy your sex life and varied kinks, and then there's "He withholds sex for weeks on end, and then will abruptly and without any generosities ask me to go down on him."

Doesn't sound like a sexual relationship worth pursuing, in either BDSM or vanilla fashion, if you have a much higher libido than your partner.
Maybe it's just a communication problem, but the dude kind of sounds like a jerk.
Wow amazing advice. Much better than my initial, "the sex is great, the relationship is not, end the bad part and you might save the good part."

I understand some women get off on being treated poorly as a kink, but this kind of sex doesn't seem very safe until it's negotiated within a good relationship with excellent communication. I think they should stop having sex til he talks.

To answer her specific questions, it's ok to inform another about your kinks and this should encourage their interest, it's not ok to coerce or pressure. He doesn't seem afraid of sex so much as only concerned with getting himself off, using it to intimidate her and withholding it as a different form of control.
Selfishness in bed and dominance are not -- repeat NOT -- the same thing. It may feel like it gratifies your kink for your boyfriend to order you to go down on him, but if he doesn't care about your satisfaction at all, he's going to be a pretty unsatisfying dom -- as well as a fairly shitty partner -- over the long haul.
@1: call it whatever you want, its still consent required.
I would disagree with Dan that you can't communicate via text during sex. It's certainly awkward, but not impossible.

...hell, it's probably someone's kink.
@3 I think you summed it up very well. I am surprised Dan didn't suggest she DTMFA.
How does a grown-up woman, who isn't a complete conformist, 'settle down' with a man who is cold, withholding and uncommunicative?

If submission is really her Thing, how did she get to be 30 without having a clue of finding a partner she can do that with?

Nothing she has written gives any hint that this guy is ANYTHING but Bad News. She may be mistaking sociopath for 'dom.'
She's settled down with a guy who confuses her? Huh? He withholds for weeks on end? Then wants oral without giving? Yuck.

She needs to start talking and he needs to start listening, otherwise it'll all fall apart. Animal intensity is great, but it only gets one so far. Animal intensity with communication and intimacy thrown in = awesome and game changing.
I don't know, the LW doesn't seem to want to leave this guy. She says he withholds sex, but even as she says that she doesn't seem terribly upset about it. Maybe she's just a happy person.

If she doesn't want to leave, I don't see why she shouldn't try to improve her sex life. She could pay attention to what triggers those wonderful moments when he responds to her sexual overtures with "an animal-like intensity." Is it when he's relaxed or stressed? Has he masturbated recently? Looked at porn? Is there a particular touch he enjoys? If she pays attention, she may be able to call up those circumstances more often.

As for why he's afraid of sex, well, he probably has some issues. Figuring that out would probably take therapy, and might have unpredictable consequences, once he faces those issues. As to why the LW doesn't mind dating someone who withholds intimacy... she might want to talk to a therapist of her own about that.
Interesting that there's a bit of Julius King in Mr Savage after all. He's probably wise not to unleash it.
Personally, I think this relationship sounds doomed. But Dan is right. Communication is the key. With good communication, there is at least the possibility of salvaging something of a workable sexual relationship here. Without better communication, it's a lost cause.

Communicating by text or e-mail is worth trying, but may not be workable for everyone. Dan, of course, is a writer. He communicates in writing for a living. Writing is his profession, and he's good at it. I like to write, and like to think I'm pretty good at expressing myself in writing too. But some people are terrible writers, and trying to communicate in writing might just make it more difficult. So certainly give writing a try, but don't hold your breath. If writing isn't your husband's thing, try other methods of communication. One way or another, you're going to have to force him to learn to communicate better, or forget it.
I think this guy is communicating very clearly through his actions that he's a selfish asshole. Withholding sex then demanding gratification isn't dominance, it's controlling, selfish and rude. I understand the draw of feeling wanted and how powerful that can be but I think he is exploiting that in his partner and I doubt that bodes well for them long term. DTMFA.
He sounds like a creep and a selfish asshole. DTMFA.
Yeah, this was way easier than you made it - DTMFA. The LW admits she's "settled down" and her letter is devoid of the usual "I love him more than anything and everything else about our relationship is perfect" nonsense. To me, the letter reads like she knows she's settling for an unfulfilling relationship, and was looking for a Savage-sanctioned out. I think she wanted a simple DTMFA response.
I'm a high-libido sexy bi woman and I was married to that for 10yrs. He only got to be more and more selfish and more threatened by my success/happiness to the point where he enjoyed refusing me more than he enjoyed having sex. When I realized it and wouldn't let him control me that way any longer he got meaner and his true colors came all of the way through.

Moral of the story: don't let him control or shame you because of your high libido. DTMFA
@18: "he enjoyed refusing me more than he enjoyed having sex. "

That seems to come up in a lot of these onesided letters, I really wish people wouldn't try to justify the abuse as a "fetish".
Wow. What an interesting thread. I am the author of the original inquiry and found so many of your replies to be very insightful. I also found some to be... extreme. My partner is a jerk - I can't sugar coat that, but I see the good in him and I love him. I appreciated the comment that I may just be "a happy person," because I am. I prefer to find the good rather than the difficult.

The comment that I found extreme (not to mention confusing) was that in which a reader called me a "conformist". I was raised by a fairly crazed feminist lesbian, dated gender queer people for a good portion of my adult life, and consort with mostly the same crowd. So if I were to conform to what was around me, I'd be dating a tranny and working on artificial insemination. Instead, I chose to love this guy. It actually takes strength to be with him - a lot.

I appreciate everyone's interest. Thank you all for your input.
Carcioffi @20,

“My partner is a jerk - I can't sugar coat that, but I see the good in him and I love him.”

Why do you choose to partner with someone who is a jerk instead of someone who isn’t? You don’t have to partner with this man to love him. I am sure you see the good in and love many people you aren’t partnered with. In the long run, living with a jerk will make you less happy, Is that what you want for yourself?

If you’re a happy person, you’re very attractive. You could be loving and partnering with an interesting dom who is not a jerk.
@20: "The comment that I found extreme (not to mention confusing) was that in which a reader called me a "conformist". I was raised by a fairly crazed feminist lesbian, dated gender queer people for a good portion of my adult life, and consort with mostly the same crowd"

I wouldn't say that necessarily, but perhaps the origin is your desire to settle for such a domestic situation? He's not "good" to and for you, regardless of any perceived iota of goodness. If this is "safe" enough for you to still consider pursuing, perhaps your desires for a partner are conventional, even if you do not consider yourself so?
I mean, you've dated more "radical" individuals, but don't you deserve better than what you have right now and for the future?
@20 I'm guessing the sex is fantastic for you to like the jerk, you don't give any other reason for the attachment. If you can't divert your interest or change the partner feeling, you might try to require him to take baby steps in learning to converse about sex before permitting sex. Like, when he initiates, you can respond a bit but don't let him in your mouth/pussy until he listens to you talk about sex. Then start asking him to return the kinds of sentiments that you give. I'm assuming you need to be able to tell him what you like, know what he likes, and negotiate the kind of good sex that you've been having aboveboard and improve it. You can demonstrate the first step and show him that it leads to his orgasm with you. I think you'll eventually find satisfying sex if you put some brakes on this ultimately unsatisfying sex. Finding or making a good dom seems easier but emotions are difficult, maybe you can't look past him yet.
@24: "'m guessing the sex is fantastic for you to like the jerk,"

Didn't they say it was nonexistent?
I mean, I've only got one-sided opinions to go by with the intentional lack of communication, it ~seems~ like she's more appreciative of the crumbs thrown her way.
@25, not "nonexistent" --

"But when he does indulge me, an animal-like intensity emerges"

She likes the sex, what there is of it.

But Carcioffi, aren't relationships supposed to be about helping each other face the hard stuff life throws at us. When you partner is the hard stuff, and it takes strength to be with him, maybe you're not good for each other?
Carcioffi, you are trying to fix something that might be beyond repair. You know he's a jerk, but that's fine with yyou - okay your call. But when it "takes strength and lots of it" to be with someone, you need to do some thinking. Relationships should give you strength, not use it up. He will suck all your happy attitude and your strength without so much as a thank you.

I know this cuz I was with such a guy for 20 long years. It's death by a thousand cuts and you don't realize until you can barely recognize yourself. Being with someone who "takes strength" is ultimately exhausting and demoralizing. I too am a happy and strong person, please don't think you're immune.

Either work it out to your satisfaction or cut your losses. Your way or the highway, because his way is not gonna get better.

@LW 20 :

Animal intensity is very short-term, with a jerk.

Enjoy the jerk as long as you feel like it, and then dump him. Expect retaliation then, and with more than animal intensity ; dump the jerk in a "planning your escape" way.

Meanwhile, don't get legally entangled with the jerk. No kids, no marriage, no money account sharing.

Enjoy yourself in this short-term undeavour.
here's my only thought. he sounds gay. yes yes, i know, he's banging (or not) a WOman. it has been my (very varied) SWF experience, especially from having an affinity for the femme boys, that they and any boys who do not like to talk (even dirty) and love BJs and who are super dom (or even aggressive) and nonreciprocal, and also who tend to not like to kiss (i realize you didn't say this, but i have to wonder if it happens to apply as well) really would rather be banging (or getting servicing by) boys.

all that said, bring a man into the room and see what happens, that is just my $.02
@30: His sadism seems to revolve around making her unhappy, servile and codependent. Boys weren't mentioned. I can sort of understand your theory, but those dudes I've known just enjoy using/abusing other humans, I don't think being "gay" factors in other than being an equal opportunity douche.
@29: "Expect retaliation then, and with more than animal intensity "

Yeah, wouldn't surprise me with any lizard-person refuse to communicate-brand sadist.

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