Let her handle it
Let me start with a disclaimer – I think intercourse is great, and I think God intended married folks to do that often. I also think it’s a problem when any other sex act starts to get in the way of regular intercourse.
That said, today’s topic is the lowly hand job. I say lowly because for most guy’s it’s at the bottom of the list when it comes to sex with their bride. I want to argue that for some guys, guys who are not getting their needs met, hand jobs are the next best thing and a very realistic alternative. It can also be a short term fix while she or the two of you deal with issues that keep you from having the sex you really want.
A few thoughts:
- Intercourse is costly for most women. It takes more physical energy than you would think “just lying there” would. If she wears anything to bed (that’s another post) she has to undress, then redress. She has the mess to deal with, and for most women intercourse means a trip to the bathroom afterwards.
- Beyond the physical, for many women intercourse is deeply costly emotionally and/or mentally. No, it shouldn’t be, but it is – pretending it’s not won’t change it, and ignoring that fact just makes you seem insensitive.
- For many guys oral sex is the second choice (and for a few it’s the first choice, but that’s also is another post). For some women oral is easier than intercourse, for many (most?) it’s even more difficult mentally and/or emotionally. Again, if this is her reality, saying it shouldn’t be her reality isn’t helpful and is, frankly, rude.
- For most women, manual sex on hubby is the easiest possibility. Many who resist are just unsure of how to do it, and that is easily fixed with some instruction or a demonstration.
- It’s release, and that’s a good thing.
- It involves her, and that’s also a good thing.
- It will arouse her. She may not be aware of it, but the sight and action will arouse her body, and to some degree her mind. That too is a good thing!
- It need not be boring. If she’s willing to put a bit of effort into it, she can learn to make it very, very good.
- If she does this for you, she will be less concerned that your into porn, or tempted to cheat. You also give her a chance to feel better (or less bad) about sex, as she is doing something for you.
- If you have a problem with sexual temptation, having her give you something, anything, is a help.
Q. When should her doing some hand jobs be an option?
A. I’d say it’s a good choice any time she is unable or unwilling to have intercourse as regularly as you would like.
Q. Is there a downside?
A. It’s possible she will take this as an out and not deal with her sexual issues. I think you can deal with that in most cases by being clear that it’s great she will do this for you, but it’s not your first choice.
Q. How do I suggest this?
A. This will vary from couple to couple. If she’s done it in the past, you might suggest it when she had declined to have intercourse. If this would be something new, suggest it at a non-sexual time, or bring it up after sex. Whenever you bring it up, I would suggest you show it as a win/win; less cost to her, some help to you. Letting her know you realise sex is sometimes difficult for her is a good thing, and it should make her more understanding of your needs.
Finally, my bride’s tip for today is a gentle but firm discussion of why men have a problem when sex is infrequent. The tip does not mention manual sex, but for some of you manual is a halfway meeting place – possibly the only option she can accept at the moment.