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Q: I know its really bad to fake orgasms, but I’ve never had one. I know faking it isn’t going to help my partner learn to give me one, but the problem is I have already been faking for a while. How do I stop? I dont want to TELL her I’ve been faking, but I also don’t think I can just stop faking it, or she will be confused why I’ve stopped orgasming (she thinks) all of a sudden. What do I do?!
I’m glad you know how really bad and useless this fakery has been, and I commend you for that. There’s a lot of unnecessary pressure, born entirely within the confines of heterosexuality, to have an orgasm, so I understand why you would’ve faked it to begin with. But you reeeally shouldn’t have! But you already knew that.
Sidenote: let’s not ever say ‘achieve orgasm’ again, yeah? You achieve goals. Orgasms aren’t goals, they’re just things that can and may happen, like hiccups or muscle cramps.
Lying about how something — anything — feels to you is just not a good idea. Sex is based on some sort of really raw honesty. You’re being honest enough to admit that you want to feel things with this person. You’re being honest enough to presumably take off lots of clothes and let someone touch/see/taste things that not everyone can, so that’s special in a way that’s just super honest, really. If you’re going to do all that, why lie at the end? But you already knew that!
Because I only speak effectively via metaphor, let’s see if we can get down to the bottom of things by equating orgasms to a person’s desire to eat potato soup with animal crackers. Imagine this letter from a concerned queer girl not unlike yourself. This is not a real letter. I made it up this morning.
So I think I like potato soup, just not with animal crackers. They’re not the worst thing in the world — it doesn’t hurt to eat them and I don’t feel sick afterward — they’re just not something I super enjoy. But one day when my girlfriend was making potato soup, she asked if I’d like animal crackers with mine. Not wanting to hurt her feelings, or maybe just wanting to get the meal over faster, or perhaps feeling like maybe everyone likes animal crackers with their potato soup and therefore so should I, I told my girlfriend yes, to please put the animal crackers directly into the soup. SHE LOOKED SO HAPPY AND PLEASED WITH HERSELF because making me happy makes her happy because she loooves me. Only I wasn’t actually happy. Like I said, the animal crackers didn’t kill me, but it wasn’t really what I wanted.
Now, every time we have potato soup, which is frequently, she goes straight for the animal crackers. A couple of times she mixed things up and put candy corn in there, and I eventually told her that I really didn’t like the candy corn because UGH it was not good, but I didn’t have the heart to tell her about the animal crackers.
Recently I’ve just had it. I mean, I really want to like potato soup — I’m bombarded daily with imagery and stories about how fucking great it is — but I just don’t get it. There’s not a magical pill I can take that will make me instantly LOVE potato soup, with or without animal crackers, so I feel like I should try a lot of new things until I figure out what I like best. Maybe I’d like half-potato half-artichoke soup. Maybe I want to mostly eat sandwiches and then, right at the end, have some soup. Maybe I want to eat soup upside down suspended from the ceiling wearing nipple clamps, with animal crackers. Who knows really! I could just not like potato soup at all, which would also be totally ok!
But really, now that I’ve been pretending to enjoy the animal cracker version, I’m afraid of hurting my girlfriend’s feelings. She’s probably really invested in how much I like her soup, and here I’ve been, lying about it for months! I’m worried about her feelings! I’m worried about my feelings!
See? It’d be reasonably easy for this imaginary girl to sit her imaginary girlfriend down and tell her the truth. I mean, it’s sex you’re talking about, so it’s a little different, but what it all comes down to is ego and honesty. People give sex based on cues and outright conversations with their partners and they depend on them to be honest. Like, if you were hitting her in the head with a wiffle bat and she didn’t like it, you’d want her to say something, right? That was maybe better than the potato soup thing.
You’re not giving your girlfriend enough credit. You think that her ego can’t handle the truth that you haven’t had an orgasm. That’s a terrible assumption to make! Chances are good that your girlfriend will feel a little upset at first — you have been actively misleading her, so that’s usually something people like to examine for a second — but because she’s otherwise invested in your happiness and in supporting you, she’ll probably get over it and want to know what she can do to get you off for real.
Sex is not just about orgasms! Reproduction is about (male) orgasms, but sexytime sex is about SEXXX. It’s about doing what your body already wants to do — already knows how to do — with someone you trust in some weirdly primal way. Sex isn’t the taxi that takes you to the promised land — sex is the party. The only goal you should have during sex is to not fall asleep or hit your head too hard.
If you want to explore the possibility of having an actual orgasm, spend some time trying things out on your own. There are as many masturbation techniques as there are… Smurfs? I don’t know — there are a lot of masturbation techniques. Read what some other people do (NSFW). This could involve lots of practice and things that don’t work, but try not to get frustrated. It’s just not worth it.
Also, according to a really dull, heteronormative article I almost brought myself to finish reading on abc.com, 10-15% of women probably don’t have orgasms at all. There’s maybe a better statistic/study out there, but I’m just a girl eating Reese’s pieces on a bar stool, so this’ll do. Anyway please remember that not being able to have an orgasm doesn’t make you a broken doll or a pointless sex partner. SEX IS THE PARTY. You are the party. Party party!
The point here is reality and honesty, I think. Maybe one day you’ll have an orgasm and maybe you won’t, but at the very least you should get there honestly.
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Laneia = Genius
(I only speak effectively through equations)
KNOW ANY GOOD RECIPES FOR POTATO SOUP?? I’D REALLY LIKE SOME POTATO SOUP NOW.
COOK 1 LB OF BACON IN A BIG ASS DUTCH OVEN UNTIL IT’S DONE. RESERVING 1/4 C OF GREASE, REMOVE BACON AND GIVE A PIECE OF IT TO YOUR GIRLFRIEND. IF YOU NEED A FIFTEEN TO TWENTY MINUTE BREAK IN THE RECIPE THIS IS THE TIME TO TAKE IT. PLEASE NOTE: YOU PREPARE FOOD ON THOSE COUNTERS.
SAUTEE TWO CHOPPED STALKS OF CELERY AND A FINELY DICED ONION IN THE BACON GREASE UNTIL THE ONION IS CLEAR. STIR IN 8-10 CUBED POTATOES, TELL YOUR GIRLFRIEND TO STOP DISTRACTING YOU WHILE YOU SAUTEE THOSE SUCKERS FOR FOUR MINUTES, THEN ADD ENOUGH CHICKEN STOCK TO COVER,
TURN DOWN THE HEAT ON YOUR STOVE AND “TURN UP THE HEAT ON YOUR STOVE.”
WHEN YOU’VE OVERCOOKED THE POTATOES, SWEAR BRIEFLY AND THEN MAKE A ROUX WITH 2 TBSP BUTTER AND 1/4C FLOUR IN A SEPARATE PAN. WAIT FOR YOUR GIRLFRIEND TO APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE A ROUX.
ADD A CUP OF HEAVY CREAM. RESERVE REMAINING CREAM FOR OTHER THINGS. COMBINE CREAM MIXTURE WITH SOUP; PUREE HALF OF SOUP MIXTURE, RETURN TO PAN, GARNISH WITH TARRAGON, FRESH CILANTRO, CHOPPED BACON, AND SUMAC IF YOU HAVE IT.
CONSUME – NIPPLE CLAMPS OPTIONAL BUT ENCOURAGED IF YOU’RE INTO IT.
this is perfect.
Have I told you lately that I love you?
Not often enough, I’m sure. This is the best ever.
This was beautiful. No for real, maybe I’m just feeling particularly emotional these days what with the world falling apart and all that, but like, I am tearing up. THE POTATO SOUP ANALOGY. Geez, Laneia. It’s not even 10am, I shouldn’t be crying yet!
Also now I want to shun the scrambled eggs I just made and eat some potato soup. Again, this should not be happening before 10am…
Now I don’t know if I’m hungry or horny.
this is America, Bren. no need to choose.
then stay out of my freezer.
I’m not sure if that was an intentional Friends reference, but to me, everything is a friends reference.
LOVE THIS. Talking in analogies is the most fun.
Get a copy of Betty Dodson’s book “Sex for One – The Joy of Selfloving” to learn how to have orgasms alone.
Once you’re able to bring yourself to orgasm, invite your partner(s) to watch you masturbate or spend some time masturbating together. Relax and just enjoy yourselves. (An orgasm just might sneak up on you.)
After that, when you’re having sex with your partner(s), maybe you’ll be able to relax enough to let go with them — or at least feel comfortable enough to bring yourself to orgasm in front of them.
P.S. Sex without orgasms still feels good.
I want some potato soup…..
I don’t even understand how one can fake an orgasm. Do people who do it have that much control over, um, internal muscles and other stuff down there?
One word: Kegels.
Eh, I’ve never faked with a girl, but with a guy it’s pretty easy. Just wiggle around and make gaspy noises. He probably doesn’t know enough to notice you’re not shuddering in that specific way.
All I can think about now is that episode of Seinfeld where Elaine admits she faked all her orgasms with Jerry and then they have to have sex to save the friendship.
No soup for you!!
“Maybe I want to eat soup upside down suspended from the ceiling wearing nipple clamps, with animal crackers.”
i keep wondering wtf animal crackers is a metaphor for
Orgasm, I think, although years of bullshitting my way through English class bids me to to offer up ‘death’ and ‘her relationship with her father’ as alternatives.
in the context of ‘potato soup’ this is so funny
I cannot stop laughing. This is a good thing.
yeah, no. it’s either about a double penetration dildo or some people are just really picky with their soup.
Wow: artichoke potato soup sounds amazing.
I totally read that line as “I’m just a girl eating Riese’s….”
That’s a sign that it’s time for me to go to bed.
Thank god I’m not the only one. Although I completed that “…” with something about potato soup.
I don’t have potato soup, but I do have corn chowder. I’m going to eat some now. Thanks for the laughs, as usual!
I really want some potato soup right now…euphemistically and literally.
Once upon a time on NSFW Sunday (http://www.autostraddle.com/nsfw-sunday-67589/, to be exact) a very helpful commenter called Randi linked to the following articles, saying “I thought I’d never have an orgasm. I had actually given up, sex felt good and that was enough for me. But then I read these articles by Betty Dodson; to say the least, it changed my life”.
Girl who has not yet orgasmed, I advise you have a look. Sort of changed my life too, this did. (Thanks Randi! And NSFW Sunday!) Obviously everyone is different, but I totally felt better (in MANY ways over time) after reading.
thanks susie! that’s an excellent link-back.
Gee, reverse problem. I wish I had the acting skills to fake orgasms. It would make things a lot easier sometimes. I give you props — I always thought it was a little tricky with lesbians. I can definitely tell when a woman is orgasming and I think I’d be able to tell if she was faking. (Hmm… should I poll my exes?)
Anyway, if you’ve never had an orgasm, ever a) that sucks b) start masturbating and figure out what gets you off. Then integrate that into the bedroom and guide your ladyfriend into doing what works. Whether you tell her or not is something that depends on the kind of relationship you have and is really up to you. If you’ve only never had an orgasm through sex, not sure what to tell you, but I think that’s pretty normal or at least common.
Damn it, now I’m craving potato soup and it’s still too hot out for soup weather.
this is brilliant
You could also call me, I’ve been known to give a few girls their first orgasm
(puts a dollar in the douchebag jar)
I’ve never tried potato soup….I feel like I’m missing out on something :(
Potatosoup is the best. Especially when you a) are broke b) have tons of random leftover vegetables that you can’t think of how to use properly. If you use a blender, it’s the creamiest (vegan too, if you askew chicken stock and bacon) thing ever.