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I am so fucking fed up of sex talk!

(45 Posts)
ItsALongWayToPickAWilly Mon 31-Dec-12 09:56:10

The past few months I've been feeling quite unsexual, I'm not finding the need or lust for it, it's just feeling like a chore. We're averaging around once a week, sometimes less, sometimes more. Part of the reason for me is that DP makes a massive deal out of sex. He wants every time to be special, lots of foreplay, lots of kissing and touching up leading to it. That's all very nice but I can't be doing with that every single time, twice a week minimum as he wants it.

He moans on about it every other day, gives me a lecture about how I'm not doing enough, making him feel special and loved and lusted after enough. I totally get how he feels and I feel bad, I want to make him feel lusted after, I'm just not feeling it at the moment.
I've told him to shut up about it for a while and maybe the lust will come back, but no, he keeps on fucking talking about it all the time!

How do we fix this? Sorry for the rant, I'm just so tired of being told everything I already know every day.

ItsALongWayToPickAWilly Mon 31-Dec-12 09:58:41

Bit of background to add, I was on citalopram for a couple of years which totally killed my libido. I came off them 6 months ago, I got a few months of feeling sexed up again and then it slowly died out again.
He dealt well with the little sex back then, I can see how it's just getting to much for him now sad

McPheastOfStephen Mon 31-Dec-12 10:00:16

Tell him you fantasize about sticking a dildo up his bum. Funnily enough this shuts DP up, mainly through fear wink

dequoisagitil Mon 31-Dec-12 10:08:31

What's the rest of your relationship like? Does he participate fully in family life, do you feel valued and loved, do you both have time to yourself and together as a couple?

If he goes on about sex and makes it feel like a chore, then he's bound to put you off. That's just mindbogglingly obvious.

I would explain that to him.

ItsALongWayToPickAWilly Mon 31-Dec-12 10:13:42

Family life is ok, I do 95% of the childcare and housework as I'm a sahm to DS. He works full time running his own company and gets very tired from it.
He has plenty of 'me' time to do as he pleases. I get some 'me' time but not as much as him. Otherwise we get on well together and have enough couple time.

It's just the pressure that puts me off, I don't deal well with pressure, it makes me want to give up.
I don't feel like I can match up to his sex drive so I just don't bother to try. That's bad isn't it.

bestsonever Mon 31-Dec-12 10:16:24

McPhea, that could soo backfire (pun, lol!). He might like it.
Seriously though, it seems to me that you adapt to the amount of sex you get as time goes on, so when lots happens, libido is up, but then when a dry spell occurs it takes a while to adapt to that but it does happen eventually. I'd guess your dp was used to a certain amount of it but then when you got 'sexed up' he became as rampant, now it's taking time for him to adapt back again. He may get less pestering in a month or so, which could help in some way, but also worth talking to GP, perhaps check your hormone levels and also assess if there are any unhealthy lifestyle choices that could be affecting your libido - exercise gives it a good boost :-)

dequoisagitil Mon 31-Dec-12 10:19:23

No, it's understandable. If you feel under pressure to perform, it is hugely off-putting.

Can you be huggy & affectionate without him thinking it has to lead to sex?
Or do you not feel like touching him?

CogitOCrapNotMoreSprouts Mon 31-Dec-12 10:20:34

You have to be totally, brutally, (unpleasantly if necessary) honest with him and tell him that all this pressurising and talking is killing what little sex-drive you have left. Remind him that 'absence makes the heart grow fonder'........ and that what would really make you feel warm and fuzzy towards him would be if he stepped up to the plate more at home, gave you more time to relax, kick back, take the apron off and feel like an attractive, valuable woman rather than a drudge and if he could get the difference between 'affection' and 'sex' through his thick skull. You're not a stress-busting sex-toy, you're a human being. No means no rather than 'no means yes if I just keep prodding...' hmm

No ambivalence... straight between the eyes.

bestsonever Mon 31-Dec-12 10:24:50

How old is your DS? The opposite of sexy is often being 'mumsy'. Easy and understandable to be feeling unsexy when looking after a young child. As children get more independent, the less mumsy one can feel and get back a sense of what it's like to be an independent 'you' with your own needs to think of. Totally understandable, it's why a lot of women have a libido nosedive after childbirth (amongst other factors)

CogitOCrapNotMoreSprouts Mon 31-Dec-12 10:25:44

"gives me a lecture about how I'm not doing enough, making him feel special and loved and lusted after enough"

You mean he actually wants a hooker rather than a wife...? Someone who he can pay to say the right things, spread her legs at the right frequency, can turn on the acrobatics when required.... the kind of thing pornos will tell you is utterly normal but which isn't all that normal when you've got the stresses of a young family

I think your DH needs a big reality check

ItsALongWayToPickAWilly Mon 31-Dec-12 10:27:01

I have though cogito, several times over the past few weeks. I've said the more you keep banging on about it, sending me links to questionnaires you've filled in about why we're not doing it, the more repelled I am.

I can be quite aggressive in my tone and manner sometimes and I know he finds that a big deal. I don't mean to be and I apologise if I've noticed it.

It probably is all my fault, I've built him up to this point. I don't know how to stop or change though

That level of self-obsessed neediness is like a bucket of cold water over the loins! Tell him to stop being a total knob, start treating you like a human being and grow the fuck up!

(Sorry - I just have issues about this from both of my marriages. Probably just one of the reasons why I'm divorced. Twice smile)

CogitOCrapNotMoreSprouts Mon 31-Dec-12 10:30:15

And because you SAH.... so he actually does pay for you effectively.... you're that hooker and are expected to provide the services. You'd be surprised how many men think this way. Often starts after the arrival of DC #1...

bestsonever Mon 31-Dec-12 10:31:40

Certainly not your fault, any sympathy on could have on his part is rapidly going based on what you say about his appalling behavior.

CogitOCrapNotMoreSprouts Mon 31-Dec-12 10:32:49

It's really not abnormal if you get angry at being treated like this. It is a very big deal not to be respected enough by your partner to be left alone when you've said no to sex but to be repeatedly browbeaten until you give in. By apologising and thinking it's your fault you're confirming his view that he's right and you're wrong..... he's paying for you to treat him lustfully X number of times a week so you should come across. Didn't you realise that was in your job description?

pictish Mon 31-Dec-12 10:35:51

Being constantly nagged, harrassed, moaned at and lectured about sex, sure as fuck isn't going to make you want it!!!

Makes it a chore, a job, a duty...an obligation. Makes you feel like you're on trial. Therefore it becomes a massive turn off.

Fact.

bestsonever Mon 31-Dec-12 10:36:07

.. seems that he is clueless of how to approach the situation. What mature person would actually think that if not getting enough, constant pestering will work- Doh! Perhaps could show him this thread, may make him get the message?

SleighbellsRingInYourLife Mon 31-Dec-12 10:40:30

sending me links to questionnaires you've filled in about why we're not doing it

Er... wtf?!

akaemmafrost Mon 31-Dec-12 10:41:14

I tell you what, I've been feeling a bit sad and down about still being single when everyone I know in RL has someone, I don't know one single person. Your thread is like a bucket of cold water, shocking me back to sense grin and gratitude at my single state.

I believe sex is important of course but no one has a RIGHT to it in specified amounts and at certain times and in certain ways just because they are in a relationship with someone.

He sounds exhausting, I bet your heart sinks when he starts his "manoeuvres" into what sounds like a bloody marathon!

My first ex H was like this and twenty years later I still feel stressed when I think of him and his whining and his "rules" for it, getting dressed up etc. I am sure it has impacted on the physical side of my relationships ever since. Funnily enough his second marriage has just ended because "she couldn't keep up" hmm.

Feel free to show him my post so be can understand how unattractive this is and how his behaviour can only ever be putting you off.

bestsonever Mon 31-Dec-12 10:43:14

So somehow he has to understand that while he clearly has difficulty adapting, women equally can't just flick a switch from being maternal all day and evening long, to sex-godess at bedtime. Especially, if left to look after the children 95% of the time! He needs to help more with that, and making time alone if you have family who can help makes a difference to.

CogitOCrapNotMoreSprouts Mon 31-Dec-12 10:45:28

Links to questionnaires.... ?? hmm What does he think this is a court of law where, if he provides enough supporting evidence, expert testimony and harangues the witness for long enough, he will win the day? "Cosmo says you're not shagging me enough so there's your proof so shag me!".... FFS.

When my exH started playing this game the next thing that happened was porn use.... 'See what you made me do!!!' he said. Finally, he set up with someone new because I was 'frigid'. hmm FWIW Subsequent lovers have been struggling to keep up with me. (TMI grin ) That's when I realised that there was nothing whatsoever wrong with my libido, it was that I didn't want to shag the whining bastard that was HIM. Maybe it's the same for you?

bestsonever Mon 31-Dec-12 10:55:33

One thing that does help a Dad seem more attractive is when they are seen to be showing genuine affection for the child/ren and investing time in nurturing. If it seems that they are not that interested and hardly bond, it's a total turn off to any mum, because that's when respect dies and grudges are formed,

ItsALongWayToPickAWilly Mon 31-Dec-12 10:59:02

Well it's been a relief to read your replies!
He has a massive sex drive, he could do it all frigging day given the choice. Whereas I am very particular, I don't like it in the morning as soon as we wake up, I tend not to want it the day after we've had it as I'm fully satisfied, I don't like putting my hand in his boxers to hold his cock as I just feel awkward. I know I am far to fussy and lazy, he doesn't see how greedy and pressurising (is that a word?) he is. He has been very influenced from porn, he can not see that though as he thinks his view is normal.

I think we're just to different. I'm never going to be able to live up to what he wants unless I put my needs second all the time. I wish he could just chill out about it and see how it goes. I honestly think I'd be so much better at it if there wasn't this expectation of me all the time.

Showing him this thread wouldn't make a difference. He thinks mumsnet is full of man hating women.

To be fair to him he has tried to curb his views and need for sex over the years, he can't help the way he thinks. His dad is very sexist and controlling, his mum was rather subservient while she was with his dad. It's built in to him, now matter how hard he tries to change his view of women he will always have it built in deep down that women are there to do as men say.

CogitOCrapNotMoreSprouts Mon 31-Dec-12 10:59:17

If he did start showing affection for the children and more of his nurturing side it would simply become another string to his 'why you must shag me' bow. Another argument in his campaign of browbeating... "since I look after the children more that entitles me to sex three times a week"

TweedSlacks Mon 31-Dec-12 11:01:00

Good post best
a lightbulb came on above my head

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