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With men, the experience is about sex: I can fill my romantic intimacy and sexual desires in the relationship. Paradoxically, the fight for gay liberation may be a contributing factor. In a different era, a man like Jesse—someone interested in relationships with women in addition to occasional sex with men—would not have been seen as particularly out of the ordinary. Contrary to our modern framework that fuses sexual orientation with sexual behavior, a century ago queerness was far more about gender presentation than sexual behavior.
But as queer people began to advocate for acceptance, the framework began to shift. Homosexual encounters were no longer seen as merely a behavior, but a full-on identity, an inborn sexual orientation more about love than gender expression, sexual preference, or perversion. But to assume that every man who will have sex with, but not date, other men is simply repressed or unwilling to think deeply about his identity is to ignore the complex inner life of many of these men.
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But why do we insist that people like Jay must be battling internal demons, rather than just accepting that they may have reached the boundaries of their own identities? This distinction can be a useful way to explain why, say, you might want to hold hands and share a life with someone even as the idea of rubbing your bits together holds less appeal. Or explain the attitudes of people for whom sexual and romantic attractions are both present, but manifest in different ways. And while heteroromantic bisexuals are more common, and much more discussed, there are people at the other end of the spectrum: The path of marrying a high school sweetheart was well-worn among members of his group, especially by older men.
In both Sydney and Boston, the average age of men who come to group meetings has been falling. With more awareness, younger men are often quicker to come to terms with their sexuality. A claim to bisexuality is common among married men in the early stages of grappling with their sexuality.
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But both Jim and Steven say that men who end up identifying as bisexual in the long-term are in the minority — most husbands in their groups eventually come to realise they are predominantly attracted to men. How is it possible for them to fall in love with a woman but still be attracted to men?
I gay or am I bi, what am I? For men who have already married women, that self-acceptance is often tangled shame, betrayal, guilt and dread. A world of gay cruising opened up to him, he realised there were others like him, and that they were everywhere. Over the next year he had several sexual encounters with other men.
He loathed himself for it. He became distracted. It was in one of those fights that he finally ripped off the band-aid and told her. His wife discovered her high school sweetheart was gay. He was her husband, the father of her children. For men, it can be the climax of a long period of turmoil.
Indeed, she never did. The pair kept their family together stayed under the same roof for ten years.
Women often find themselves grappling with shock, betrayal, isolation, shame, and anger. Mid-life has surely hit with a vengeance! Well, actually it's finally brought this to a point where I can no longer bury my head in the sand. Becoming a parent has been a topic I've mulled over for the last few years, and whilst it would be an amazing experience to become a parent, it's not a must for me.
This question of where I sit on the sexuality spectrum has caused much confusion and paralysis over the years. I've had up to 5 years at a time where I've not dated or had sex with anyone as I had just shut that part of myself down. It was easier that way.
I have decided now that it's time to move on this, ready or not. When will one ever be ready for anything? I hadn't thought of seeing a sex therapist actually.
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I had seen a counsellor and a psychologist when I was younger which helped me sort through some other matters but couldn't really help me navigate this one. I will definitely look into that.
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Cancel The title field is required! Hi there, I've always identified as gay but, at 28 I had the first idea that that might not have been the case. I can't keep ignoring the issue and can not be with Men anymore, it just doesn't feel right. The last piece of the puzzle is working out this sexuality conundrum. Thanks, Grant. Hey Grant, You dude are about to get a whole lot of advice, Here is mine, At 40 I couldn't give a rats about your past,gay whatever!!!!!!!!
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Do the things you love in life, I don't think you need to decide on what ice cream you want. You will meet someone, you will know. Hi Grant, welcome Im a 61yo hetrosexual male but even I can identify with your problem. Read your post, interesting. Chances are that one of these people will be what what you have been looking for. Not really advice I realise. It is just what came to my mind when I read your post. Regardless, I hope things work out for you. Just Sara Champion Alumni.
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Warm thoughts; Sez x. Hi Sez, Thank you for your words of advice and understanding. Thank you again. Hi Dory, Thanks, you're right. Hi Tony, Thanks mate, I appreciate it. It's a journey, that's for sure!