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After a rough week, Dan turns the column over to “people who don’t really have problems,” because we could all use a break.

DEAR READERS: Last week was made of problems. The bombing of the Boston Marathon, the explosion that leveled a small town in Texas, the rising tide of anti-gay violence in France, the North Koreans being North Korean. And when I sat down to write this week's—while the manhunt was still under way for the second bomber in Boston—it occurred to me that the last thing the world needs right now is more problems. So instead of the usual sex problems, STI problems, CPOS problems and DTMFA problems, this week I'm only running letters from people who don't really have problems. Because we could all use a break.

Q I just started dating a guy who seems perfect in almost every way. (I'm a guy, too.) He's cute, fun, charming, smart and successful. There's only one thing that's bugging me. He has a super-furry ass crack. The funny thing is, I can tell he trims the hair on his legs with the longest guard on the trimmer. All he'd have to do is keep going up onto his ass and into his crack. Yes, I know some guys find a furry crack to be a big turn-on. I am not one of them. We've been on four dates, and actually gotten fully naked only once, so it's not like I feel so totally comfortable with him that I can just come out and say it... —Really Into Men Smooth

A Your letter reminds me of a funny conversation I overheard at the gym: Guy #1: "You should grow a goatee—it would feel great when you rim me." Guy #2: "I have a goatee when I rim you."

Sounds like you have a beard when you rim your new boyfriend, RIMS, and I would advise you to get used to bearded rimming for the time being. You're only four dates and one fully naked Big Gay Sex Romp into this new relationship, RIMS, which is too soon to start asking for body mods. But once you hit, oh, 20 dates and a dozen Big Gay Sex Romps, I think you could offer to give him a hand with those clippers.

Q Whenever this female college student studies, she gets incredibly horny! At peak times during the semester, when I am constantly reading or studying, I find it almost impossible to go more than a couple of hours without having to masturbate. The more aroused I get, the less focused I am, so denying the feeling is not a solution in my experience. But there are definitely times when my productivity is negatively affected by my need to relieve myself. I have an active sex life! I am not bored sexually or mentally! Is there a physiological explanation for this? --Lady Hits The Books

A Some people are turned on by completely random shit, LHTB, and no one quite knows why. Probably something to do with our big brains—I mean, just think of all those billions of nerve endings, all those synapses making connections, all those formative childhood experiences that get all synapsed up and become adult erotic obsessions. Think of all that and then count your lucky stars that studying turns you on. If there were a way to bottle and sell your kink, LHTB, no one would ever need to take Adderall again.

Q I'm a 19-year-old newbie lesbian Dom starting a relationship with a smart, sexy, wildly kinky 22-year-old. We share a lot of fetishes and our relationship so far could not be better. One issue: She's very, very into latex clothes. I have a severe allergy, to the point where I would probably need to be hospitalized if she wore latex clothing. I want to work around this—she's been GGG about anal, which was something I wanted to explore. She did that for me, and I want to do this for her. Is there a good alternative to latex? —Thanks In Advance

A There's no working around an allergy so severe it can land you in the hospital—and with everything else you two have going for you, TIA, forgoing latex is the price of admission your new girlfriend should be willing to pay.

Q No question here, just a thank-you. Last week, my 16-year-old son told me that he has a crush on his best friend...who just so happens to be a 16-year-old boy. I've known he was gay since he was about four, but without your column, I don't think I would've been prepared for his "revelation." You and your readers taught me the importance of letting him know that I will always accept him, love him and support him in any decision he makes. The best part: He wasn't really worried about telling me he's gay; he was worried that I wouldn't let his crush spend the night anymore. (And he was right to worry!) —Proud Mom

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A After reading that you intend to "support [your son] in any decision he makes," I started to compose a mildly scolding response in my head. ("Why would you do that? Gay kids, like straight kids, need their parents to be their parents. Your son needs you to meddle lovingly, to criticize constructively, and to help him pull his big gay head out of his big gay ass when it needs pulling. And it will, PM, because gay kids make bad decisions, too.") But you made it clear at the end of your letter—he was right to worry about those sleepovers being over—that you aren't confusing "support my gay son" with "sign off on any damn thing my gay son wants." Well done, PM!

Q I am an 18-year-old British queer girl who was recently involved with an older woman while visiting the United States. She told me about your "campsite rule," and she followed it to the letter and was generally wonderful. I've since moved back to London and told everyone I know about your column. As a result, there's a small group of teens running around North London that adores you. I hope we can spread your excellent advice and make as many people as possible into GGG partners. —CC

A Thanks for the lovely note, CC, and tell the older woman I said thanks—for honoring the campsite rule and for helping to build my readership in the UK by turning you on to my column.

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