a 20-year-old straight girl. For six months, I was dating
a guy I thought was nice and normal. One way my boyfriend
showed he cared, or so I thought, was by massaging my feet
after work (I wait tables to pay my tuition). Then he confessed
that he has a foot fetish. He wasn’t rubbing my feet to be
sweet or tender or considerate, but for his own selfish reasons.
I dumped him. He was very upset and is still begging me to
take him back.
We had been talking about marriage, but that’s over now. I
don’t want to be with someone who has a fetish. How can I
know if he wants me back or just my feet? I know a lot of
freaks write to you, and I enjoy reading about freaks, but
I don’t want to date a freak. Where can I find a normal man?
owe you an answer, FOG, considering the number of new assholes
I’ve ripped you since your letter arrived in September. At
speaking gigs around the country, I’ve held you up as a shining
example of sexual selfishness. Your most recent asshole dates
from my talk at Cornell two weeks ago, where I spoke to a
few hundred students about politics, dungeons, butt plugs,
and you. (Sorry I couldn’t make porn night, Risley, and thanks
for everything, Lauren.)
On to your question: Where do you find a normal man? I have
no fucking idea, as I’ve never met one. Kink and variance
seem to be a natural, intrinsic aspect of male sexuality.
And while most men, like your ex, fall on the mild end of
the mild-to-wild continuum, if you can’t handle the odd non-normal
sexual interest, FOG, I urge you to stop dating men, get a
vibrator, and pack it in.
But here’s what I really want to say to you:
Those foot rubs were fine—they were wonderful!—so long as
you believed your boyfriend derived no pleasure from them.
The moment you learned he enjoyed those foot rubs, too—my
goodness, they turned him on!—you were no longer capable of
deriving any pleasure from them yourself.
You know what, FOG? You suck.
You are the worst kind of sex partner: judgmental, selfish,
and cruel. Should your boyfriend have come clean about his
foot fetish sooner? Sure, maybe a month or two earlier. But
not because you had some right to know what a freak he was,
FOG, but because it would have spared him from getting more
emotionally invested in a freakishly petty and sexually immature
I predict—no, I guarantee—that this is going to come back
to haunt you. There is a Karmic Rule of Kink (KROK), FOG,
and it goes something like this: “Dump the honest foot fetishist
and you will marry the dishonest necrophiliac.” Break up with
a guy over his relatively tame fetish—and a foot fetish is
about as tame as they get—and KROK will make sure your next
boyfriend is some lying corpsefucker who tells you only what
you want to hear. (“Honestly, honey, I only like live girls!”)
Only after you’ve married the corpsefucker and had a few kids—once
extricating yourself from the marriage becomes a hugely complicated
ordeal—will he ask you to lie in a tub of ice until you’re
good and cold.
And when you’re lying in that tub of ice—and odds are you
will, FOG, because you won’t want to put your poor kids through
a divorce—you’ll remember that sweet, harmless foot fetishist
whose heart you broke back in college, the man you could have
And your heart will break.
This girl is questioning her boyfriend’s sexuality. He cross-dresses,
which I understand doesn’t mean he’s gay. But he frequently
talks to gay men on the Internet and states that he is gay.
He denies being gay and says he just thinks it’s interesting
to hear people’s reactions. He says he never meets anyone,
but I found MapQuest directions to a man’s house on his computer.
When confronted he said that he just wanted to know where
this person lived!?
I don’t mind the cross-dressing, but I have a problem with
him possibly being gay. He has no male friendships and prefers
friendships with women. Our relationship is at the point that
we are considering marriage. All I feel is fear and doubt.
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he’s gay, you shouldn’t marry him. If he isn’t gay, you still
shouldn’t marry him. Because, FISH, gay or straight, your
boyfriend is one big, fat, fucking mess. And, gay or straight,
this mess is making you miserable. DTMFA.
Speaking of messy homos, it feels strange to rush to the defense
of Mary Cheney, the useless dyke daughter of our malevolent
vice president. But I knew I had to speak up after Janice
Crouse of Concerned Women for America called Cheney’s pregnancy
“unconscionable.” A few thoughts for you, Janice:
First, because Christianists like you can’t come out and say
they oppose Cheney’s pregnancy because it says right there
in Leviticus that Mary Cheney should be put to death (along
with all adulterers, rebellious slaves, and lobstermen), they’re
condemning Cheney for creating a “fatherless” child, a child
that will have no masculine role models. Have you gotten a
good look at Heather Poe, Mary Cheney’s partner of 15 years?
My son has two fathers, but Heather Poe’s left labial lip
is butcher than both of us put together. Even if Mary and
Heather planned on raising their child on a deserted island
somewhere, their kid wouldn’t want for masculine role models.
And if things get too girlie at Mary and Heather’s place,
Grandpa Dick can always take the kid hunting.
Second, fathers are great—my son couldn’t agree more, Janice.
And guess what? A lesbian couple can’t have a child without
one. For all we know, Mary and Heather, like so many other
lesbian couples, used a known gay male sperm donor—Ken Mehlman?
Mark Foley? Ted Haggard?—and this kid is going to have a father
in his life.
Third, Concerned Women for America doesn’t think Mary
Cheney should have a baby. Great, fine, whatever. But Mary
Cheney’s uterus belongs to Mary Cheney, Janice, and she can
do whatever the fuck she likes with it. She can have babies
with it or keep her car keys in it or fill it up with potting
soil and plant tulips in it. It’s her fucking uterus, Janice,
not yours. And if you keep inserting yourself into it people
are gonna think you’re a dyke too, or Heather Poe is going
to show up on your doorstep and beat the holy living hell
out of you.
Concerned Women for America and the Christian Coalition and
Mitt Romney and Pat Robertson have all made it clear that
they think it’s wrong for lesbians to have children. Would
someone in the media please ask them the obvious follow-up
question: How the fuck do they propose to stop lesbians from
having children? Post two members of the National Guard at
the entrance to every lesbian vagina in the country? Forced
sterilizations at women’s music festivals? Mandatory abortions
for every lesbian who does manage to get herself pregnant?
Fifth, up in Canada—sane, sane Canada—a bill to reopen, and
possibly reverse, the decision to legalize gay marriage failed
by a wide margin in Parliament Thursday, Dec. 7.
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