What’s the Temperature of Your Sex Life?

Photo by Diane Arbus

It goes without saying that sex is an integral part of any healthy relationship. But after watching this week’s intimacy-themed episode of Tough Love Couples on VH1, I was completely blown away by how many people (on the show and beyond) are dissatisfied with the all-important sexual component of their partnerships. Some of the couples never have sex (one boyfriend described his sex life as “ice cold”), and one very unlucky woman has never experienced an orgasm—which is not surprising seeing as recent studies report that around 10% of women have never had one. The bottom line: when the sex isn’t working there’s definitely larger issues at hand.

The sex-related problems of these televised twosomes range from trust issues and infidelity to communication and the understanding of each other’s unique desires, but something that struck me as odd was the fact that the couple dubbed the “Dramaramas,” who notoriously fight dirty, were the pair with the most successful sex life. Funnily enough, my boyfriend and I thought that comical title would be most apt for our own love story. While we are both lovers, we are also fighters, but this seems more like a personality thing rather than a fatal flaw—if you ask anyone they’d describe both of us as opinionated hot heads.

"Tough Love Couples" cast members, courtesy of VH1

In some cases though, frequent verbal sparring might be covering up for something lacking in the bedroom—I am always telling people that if I’m not fucking, I’m fighting—or it’s an indication that perhaps the romance is over and it’s time to move on. But honestly, I am really convinced that a healthy dose of conflict helps to keep you interested. Love and hate are so closely linked, and when you get your tempers enflamed it’s hard not to get all fired up, if you know what I mean. They didn’t call it “hate sex” for nothing.

While fighting isn’t a solution by any means, it is a good gauge for seeing the dynamics of a relationship. It forces you to ask questions like, “is there enough fire here to maintain this?” and “what exactly is the glue that’s holding us together?” If there’s still love and attraction between a couple the conflict most likely stems from sexual tension—I know this from experience. And, in reality, if I find myself in a situation with someone where all we do is fight and everything about them annoys me (which seems like the case with the couples on the show) then it’s obvious that there’s nothing left but animosity between us.

I did find myself in this situation with my ex-boyfriend of three-years. It became apparent that I was using him as a placeholder until I could come up with a better plan, or find a better man. It got to the point where the thought of having sex with him would literally turn my stomach (why did he always smell like sweaty balls?), and we would maybe see each other once a week for an awkward dinner outing and a chaste goodbye kiss in his car. When I finally broke it off with him, he was so blindsided it was painful for me to watch, but ultimately I knew that neither of us were growing or moving forward and I, myself, was far from happy.

I guess what I am really trying to say is that I think everyone benefits from taking action. Whether this means taking positive action and making an effort to love and respect your partner in a way that will make you both happier, learning to communicate what you both want so you will spend more time satisfied in the sack than fighting it out verbally, or to stand up and address what you truly want and need and if your needs aren’t being met then leave, dammit! It’s like what a wise man once told me, it’s better to be alone and happy then with someone and miserable

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4 responses to “What’s the Temperature of Your Sex Life?

  1. I’ve never been a fan of ‘make-up’ sex. I dislike arguing, fighting and try like hell to avoid that with my spouse or lovers, as I need to reserve that energy to fight the fundies and lunatics of the world.
    Discussion and stating ones opinion, even strongly is fine, but I have never enjoyed those couples that ‘fight hard and love hard’ and refuse to be one. I just think we as adults have better ways of working out differences between ourselves and our S.O. 🙂

  2. Lady Aphrodite

    Oh, I completely agree. I would much prefer to be more of a lover, and less of a fighter. Geez, I’d probably be having way more sex. But until I find a way to cool down my Aries temper I am going to get my tensions out through verbal sword fights. Or maybe I should start a new system: Instead of fighting, just get naked and see what happens. I’ll let you know how it works out! 😉

  3. Hello venusinheels,

    Nice blog! The different inert things have different natural resistances to heat. Life needs its natural balance even when alone and that better than being in some relationship. Moreover, alone gives the opportunity to not be negative while seeking balance unlike being negative while in a relationship or while lonely which perhaps along with not having alternatives leads to problems.

    Thank You for sharing.

    Best,
    Shakti Saran

  4. Hello venusonheels,

    Thank You for sharing my thoughts on your blog. While I was writing it, I had thought of watching this just released movie Endhiran (The Robot) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1305797/ and that I just did that in the theater. I read that it has been released with Engligh subtitles and that I would recommend it given the context of your blog.

    Best,
    Shakti Saran

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