I’m very happy my mother was honest about these difficult things. I believe honesty is the best policy. We shouldn’t shield children from the horrors of the world. They aren’t separate from adults, they’re adults-in-training – you need to give them the necessary tools to survive and part of that is understanding the horrific things we go through as human beings and put each other through. There are some hard truths you have to share.
Dear E. Jean: My boyfriend’s ex-fiancée is an overbearing, success-starved lunatic who dresses like a grandma and listens to Celine Dion. She’s 31 and has slept with two men in her entire life, one of whom was my boyfriend. Recently he compared me with her and told me I was too sexually “easy.” And last night he went so far as to call me a slut and state that I “may not be the girl for him.”
This sent me into a fit of hysteria for the rest of the evening. I’ve never had a one-night stand in my life! I barely enjoyed a boob-grope till college. I’m 24, and I’ve dealt with my fair share of men—but don’t worry, I can still count the guys I’ve had sex with on one hand. His comparing me with her cut deeper than any of his absurd accusations and insults. Can I write this off to his being intoxicated? Or to his being 10 years older? I don’t want to lose him! He’s the best man I’ve ever known, and I don’t know what to do. —Easy A
Miss A, My Little Artichoke: If you want to keep “the best man” you’ve “ever known,” be ready to don a pair of iron underpants with locks. His worldview is medieval. He may be blessed with a thousand fine virtues, but he’s also a narrow-minded, sexist half-wit—cruel, vindictive, and a fool who’ll probably forsake you in the end for a 20-year-old spinster wearing puffed sleeves and a skirt to her ankles. You can’t change the man’s thinking. I advise you to ruuuuunnnnnnnnnn like hell.
P.S. Never tell a fellow how many people you’ve slept with—ever. No matter what your sample size, it will sound extreme.
There is still a double standard where women can’t complain about how many (or how?!) sexual partners a man has had. And every woman who has had a past sexual partner is a slut … regardless of the fact that the said soliciting male is asking for premarital sex which is presumably what the males before asked, demanded, or took (rape).
All this serves to make open communication between sexual partners more impossible: with men lying about experiences with prostitution and women pretending to be virginal because their only other choice is a whore. And make men who choose love and sex over a mere physical act to be less masculine or capable and women condemn themselves for their sexuality.
Well, fuck that! I want real relationships between men and women – not just destructive role-playing. So, what can we do? See each person as an individual … worthy of love, not to be compared to another, and as a continuing discovery and revelation of themselves. Everyone is unique and everyone can change.