an 18-year-old straight female. Two nights ago, I went to
a party. My ex-boyfriend was present, but my current boyfriend
was not. I had several beers, and while I wasn’t drunk, I
was tipsy. I had to go to my car to get my cell phone, and
my ex offered to accompany me. When we got to the car, he
pushed me against the car and started making out with me.
I tried to push him away and said, “No, I can’t” several times.
He kept trying to pull my pants down, and every time he did,
I pulled them back up. He took his dick out and tried again
to pull down my pants. I know it sounds stupid, but all I
could get out were meek “nos” and “I can’ts.” I was afraid
of a confrontation because he and I have been friendly since
we broke up. I eventually discontinued my attempts to pull
my pants back up because I figured the easiest way to get
out of this situation was to let him finish. He had sex with
me. I wanted to cry the whole time, but as much as I wanted
to scream, “Stop! Get the fuck off of me!” I couldn’t get
the words out.
I called my boyfriend when I got home and told him what happened.
He is angry because he thinks I had a part in it. I don’t
know how to make him understand how many times I said no and
how at first I physically stopped my ex from taking my clothes
off. My boyfriend and I have been through a lot together,
and we talked about getting married one day. I never wanted
to cheat on him, and while I feel guilty about what happened,
I think he’s being harsh on me considering I succumbed to
I’ve apologized again and again, but I don’t know how to make
things right. I still don’t want a confrontation with the
ex. I just want to forget about him and never see him or speak
to him again. I just want things to be okay again with my
boyfriend. Is there anything I can do or say to make him understand?
Rape Engenders Awful Depression
that you were raped, DREAD— date-ish raped, acquaintance-ish
raped, gray-area-ish raped, blurry-booze-soaked-lines raped,
and raped under circumstances that would make bringing charges
a futile exercise. But raped. Your ex kept coming at you,
and you were paralyzed by a set of inhibitions—a desire to
avoid confrontation at all costs (even the cost of your own
violation), a desire to avoid making your victimizer feel
bad—that are pounded into the heads of girls and young women.
Your ex exploited this vulnerability. Your ex may not think
he raped you since you finally “let him,” and perhaps he interprets
that as consent and so, distressingly, does your boyfriend.
But raped you were.
So what do you do now? I’d suggest a bit more contact with
your ex. You need to confront him—for your own sake, DREAD,
but also for the sake of all other women he’s going to encounter
over the course of his life. If you can’t face him, call him.
If you can’t speak to him, write him (a letter, not an e-mail).
Wherever he is right now, he’s rationalizing away his responsibility
for what happened. He may be telling himself that he was drunk,
that you were drunk, and that, sure, he may have been aggressive
at first, but that you came around and enjoyed it as much
as he did. He needs to hear from you that you regard—and,
for what it’s worth, I regard—what happened as rape. Tell
him that he didn’t get away with it—that he raped you, you
know it, and now he knows it. Then tell him that if the circumstances
were just a little less ambiguous, DREAD, that you would be
going to the police.
Hell, tell him you still might. Put the fear of God into him.
Then you need to confront the boyfriend: If your boyfriend
can’t take your side, DREAD, if he can’t see what really happened
here, if he insists on victimizing you, too, then you don’t
need him in your life any more than you need your ex in your
I’m a 23-year-old gay dude from Vancouver. My boyfriend
and I have been together for four years. Thing is, he’s seriously
letting himself go—gaining weight, enjoying roomier pants.
I drop hints about working out or eating better—but he gets
offended and becomes self-conscious. I want to be supportive
and not care, but I do care and it’s killing me. Had I known
at 19 that he would be throwing away his hot body, I might
have reconsidered his LTR potential. Now, four years later,
I’m stuck with a lovable fatty who I’m having a hard time
being intimate with.
Is this awful? Am I selfish? I love him, but I want to enjoy
sex again. I have nothing against fatties, Dan, I just don’t
want to bed one.
Eating At Me
the subtlety, REAM. No more faux-loving hints about the importance
of diet and exercise—he reacts negatively to that shit because
he’s picking up on your dishonesty. You’re not concerned for
his health, REAM, you’re concerned for your sex life and what
the death of your attraction to him means for this relationship.
So give it to him straight: You’re not attracted to fatties,
which is why you pursued him four years ago, and his weight
gain is killing your sex life and threatening the survival
of your relationship. If he values this relationship, he’ll
get his ass off the couch.
And now a note to the infuriated fatsophere: I’m not saying
that REAM’s boyfriend is unattractive because he’s heavier,
or that heavy people aren’t or can’t be attractive, or that
all must forever maintain our “first-date weight” over the
multidecade course of relationship/marriage/ whatever. But
to destroy a large part of what attracted someone to you early
in a relationship—whether actively or through neglect—is to
take your partner for granted in a way that’s not okay. And
that goes for a tight-bodied fag who parks his ass on the
couch because he’s got a boyfriend now—so, hey, why bother
with the gym?—and the BBW who wastes away to skin and bones
after she lands an admirer.
A close gay friend recently seroconverted after months
of barebacking and meth use. He’s a successful professional
with years of AIDS peer-education experience. My immediate
reaction was shock and anger. He claims that I am not a true
friend because I should hide my feelings and shower him with
empathy and understanding. Is there something wrong with me
for feeling mad at my friend for his irresponsibility?
Fashioned Safe Sex Adherent
say you’ve got two friends. One gets hit by lightning, and
the other plops his sopping-wet ass down on a third rail.
Do both friends—presuming both survive—deserve your empathy
and understanding, OFSSA? Of course. But one friend was electrocuted
while the other electrocuted his damn self. Friendship does
not obligate you to pretend that your friend who sat his ass
down on the third rail wasn’t being idiotic and self-destructive.
Friendship, in fact, requires the opposite reaction.
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