WE JUST DID a live taping of the Savage Lovecast at Seattle's Neptune Theatre. Audience members submitted more questions—anonymously, on index cards—than we could possibly answer during the Q&A segment of the show. So I'm answering some of the questions we didn't get to in this week's column. Here we go:
MY BOYFRIEND seems to love the dog more than me. What gives?
APPARENTLY the dog does.
MY DICK gets dry and kinda bumpy. Lately, there have been more bumps. Why?
YOU MIGHT want to ask someone who reads braille to run their fingers over your cock—you know, just to rule out the possibility that Helen Keller is trying to communicate with you from the great beyond. You might also want to see a doctor—it could be HPV (sexually transmitted) or molluscum contagiosum (sometimes sexually transmitted), both of which require treatment, or it could simply be "pearly penile papules," which are harmless and do not require treatment.
WOULD YOU let a grateful, mostly straightish guy give you a handjob for all the good work you've done in the world? And would you let a straightish woman watch?
YES and no.
IS IT IMMORAL to fuck an ex-professor who's married and has three kids if his wife hasn't fucked him since March?
YES (if he's lying) and no (if he's not).
WHAT IS THE proper etiquette at most fetish/sex clubs? Can you go and simply observe and not participate?
SOME FETISH/SEX CLUBS allow people to observe on the theory that today's nervous newbie observer is tomorrow's confident active player. Other fetish/sex clubs welcome only active players because they don't want to be overrun by voyeurs, gawkers, or tourists. Most clubs have contact info on their websites, so your best course of action is to email the place you want to attend and ask them.
IN THE PAST, I've had boyfriends who were horrible gift-givers (Christmas, anniversary, birthday). Is the thought and time a guy puts into gift-giving an indicator of a good mate?
I'M A LOUSY gift-giver but a decent mate—at least that's what my husband tells me—so I may not be the best person to answer this question. But you've had multiple boyfriends who were lousy gift-givers—so this may be a question you can answer for yourself. Set aside the gift-giving issues/lapses/horrors and ask yourself if your boyfriends are decent mates otherwise.
I HAVE NOT come from a blowjob since I was a 17-year-old boy. Do I give up on my quest to orgasm in someone's mouth or do I continue to subject poor women to failure?
MIX BLOWJOBS and handjobs together—jerk your cock to the point-of-inevitability place—and you'll not fail.
MY GAY HUSBAND knew what he was getting when he got into our relationship: a total bottom. Now he wants to find a top to play with, but he also knew that I was not "open to open." That was the price of admission. Can you tell him to stop annoying me?
THE PRICE of admission cuts both ways. The price of admission he had to pay to be with you: no other partners for him, no getting topped again, ever. But if he's not willing to keep paying that price, then you may have to decide whether you're willing to pay his price: He gets to play with another top—always safely, once in a great while, maybe with you—or he walks.
I'M A 25-year-old female. I started feeling attracted to girls in college and lost all attraction to men for three years. A year ago, I started feeling attracted to men again and lost all interest in women. What is going on?
I PROVIDE counseling to a client who accesses the S&M community fairly frequently. She has shared with me that she often attends a dungeon in order for someone to inflict pain on her—not because she enjoys it, but because she's hoping they'll go far enough to put her life in jeopardy. She does not use the safe words provided to her. What are the ethics of this?
UNLESS THE KINKSTERS at the dungeon she attends are engaged in extremely risky forms of edge play—breath control, asphyxiation, fire play, gun play—her life is not in danger. (Suicide-by-cop is a thing, suicide-by-tit-clamp is not. So here's hoping she's bullshitting you.) But if she somehow managed to find the one public dungeon on earth where tops rely on bottoms to use their safe words to prevent their own deaths during edge play: What your client is doing is unethical and unfair. A top's consent matters in a BDSM scene, too—and the people she's playing with consented to top her, not off her. Tell her to knock it off.
I'M A 40-year-old vegetarian guy living in a small college town and looking for an LTR. Sadly, most women my age eat meat. How do vegetarians and meat eaters compromise in LTRs?
THE MEAT EATER agrees to keep a meat-free home; the vegetarian agrees to keep a Morrissey-free home.
I HAVE A GLASS dildo that I love, but I worry it might break if I go at it too rough. Is this possible? I don't want to show up in the ER with glass in my vagina.
GLASS DILDOS—quality ones—are safer than many other kinds of dildos (nonporous surfaces, no icky chemicals), and one would have to be dropped from a great height onto a very hard surface to actually shatter. So unless you have a diaphragm made of marble and you're relying on velocity to insert your glass dildo—your partner drops it from the top of a building, you catch it with your pussy—you're in no danger.
Thanks to everyone who came to the live taping of the Savage Lovecast—including Adult Baby Jesus and the Human Menorah—and a very special thanks to the iTunes editorial team for naming the Savage Lovecast one of the iTunes Best of 2014, along with Serial, WTF, and TED Radio Hour. Such amazing company! You can find the Lovecast at savagelovecast.com.