Marriage Lie: Sex is not that important

August 25, 2012

in Links to good stuff, Marriage Killer, Series, Sexuality, Survey Says ..., The "D" word

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You won’t find very many folks who say sex is not important in marriage, but plenty act as if it is not important. Maybe the difference between words and actions suggests most of them know sex is more important than their actions say they think it is.

A study, which I discussed in Sex – important to husbands and wives, found above average sexual satisfaction was the number one predictor of being very happy in marriage, and high sexual satisfaction was the number two predictor of not being prone to separation or divorce. These were true for both men and women. That means good sex results in a happier marriage and greatly reduces the chance of divorce. It is not a cure all, but it is significant and powerful, nothing that can take its place. If you have an otherwise “perfect marriage” and a poor sex life you are worse off than if you have a fair marriage and fair sex life. If sex is a major problem in your marriage, and you care about your marriage, working on sex is the only sane choice. (And yes, not having much sex makes it a major problem.)

I could say a lot about this (I have already said a great deal over the years), but I want those who have chosen not to deal with sex to understand it really is a big deal, and ignoring it won’t make it go away. Forget the excuses, the reasons, the anger, the blame, and realise if it is not fixed your marriage will not be as happy as it could be, and you are putting yourself at an increased risk of divorce. Given that, there is no good reason for allowing it to continue. Sexual refusal hurts the one who is told no, and when refusal happens often it sounds like “I don’t care about you, I don’t really love you“. Regardless of the reason, if refusal goes on too long, thisis what it communicates.

By the way: The results are in on the masturbation in marriage survey. Much of it lines up nicely with what I’ve said above. Odds are you are masturbating, and believe it or not, odds are she is too, at least occasionally. The frequency and reasons given are real eye openers.

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7 comments
Jane
Jane

A close male friend once told me prior to my marriage that for women, a lot of the relationship has to be right for the sex to be enjoyable, but for men, if they are enjoying enough sex with their spouse, everything is okay. My dh and I have a great sexual relationship--but my friend was right, nothing changes in the rest of the relationship because he's happy with the sex life. Not happy...

Ron
Ron

I can relate to that article. I definitely fit in the "my drive was higher and she said no a lot". So, I didn't want to bother her and just took care of it myself a lot. A few years ago, I read a book that said a mate should at least ask for sex when they wanted it and if their partner said no, then they could masturbate if they felt like that needed it that bad. At least when you ask each time, your partner knows how much you want sex and desire them, if you don't ask, they don't know. So, I told my wife how much I had wanted her over the years and didn't always ask and from that day on, I never masturbate unless I ask for sex first. She still says no sometimes, too tired etc, but, I know we have a better relationship, have more sex than ever before and I don't masturbate nearly as much. Things are a lot better! We were a 3 times a month couple,now it is probably 2 or 3 times a week.

Ol' Will
Ol' Will

Thank you, Paul. This is exactly what I was trying to say in my recent comment on the "Top Reasons for Divorce" post. Of course you say it more succinctly and you have a study to back up what you say. Thank you.

John
John

DUH!! You don't need to tell this to the men. Somebody needs to tell it to the women - preferably BEFORE they get married. And tell it to my wife. Treating sex as "optional" is NOT ACCEPTABLE.

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