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I am a queer lady in my 20s. My boyfriend and I recently discovered that we are both into BDSM. Here's what's stressing me out: I tend to gravitate toward stories that include age play (underage girls with older men). I think pedophilia is wrong and disgusting, yet I get off on the stories. I can't stop feeling like I'm a huge pervert. Also, what is a good way to introduce the idea of age play to my boyfriend without sounding perverted? Is age play perverted?

Feeling Like A Pervert

You're already doing BDSM, so it's a little late to start concerning yourself with what is and isn't perverted. I'm not saying that BDSM is perverted — it isn't, in my opinion — but the kind of people who obsess about the supposed perversity of other people's sex lives regard BDSM as hella perverted, as the kids were only too recently saying.

All you need to concern yourself with is consent — obtaining consent before anything goes down, maintaining consent once things get going. So, FLAP, if you and your partner are consenting adults, then you're free to do whatever the hell you want in the sack — and that includes pretending that one of you isn't a consenting adult. Adults can safely and ethically explore through fantasy and role-play things that we wouldn't or couldn't do in reality.

As for telling the boyfriend about it without sounding perverted: Sorry, can't help you there. It's going to sound perverted and sick and wrong because the scenario you want to explore is all kinds of sick and wrong. Just own it when you tell him about it: "I know this is crazy and fucked-up, but these stories really turn me on."

My roommate and best friend is a good-looking, professional young man with a conservative sensibility and traditional values. Recently, one of his married co-workers has been pursuing him to have an affair. I've met her, and she's a very cool girl. She is currently in the process of legally separating from her husband (her only sexual partner), who over the last year or so has completely cut her off sexually.

My roommate is a good guy and wants no part of a sexual relationship with her while she's married. Even if she does separate, he is worried about being a rebound and simply not wanting to deal with the emotional baggage that comes with being her first sexual experience outside of her current husband. I've told him to wait until she's separated, but then to go for it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? He's my best friend, and I don't want to see him hurt. I also know that she's a cool person who will be scooped up by some lucky guy if he doesn't do the right things now.

Dude In Seattle

Let me see if I follow you: If this woman were unmarried and unattached, your friend with the "traditional values" wouldn't have any problem fucking her? Point of order: When did premarital sex become a "traditional value"?

Frankly, DIS, I don't care if your buddy fucks this woman or not. I'm just curious how we got to the point where anything goes — premarital sex, oral and anal sodomy, multiple marriages — for heterosexuals, and nothing is a violation of "traditional values" so long as the fornicators are straight. How did we get to the point where an unmarried straight man with shit on his dick and three different women's pubes in his mouth can claim to have a "conservative sensibility and traditional values"?

As for your friend, I've known a few guys who went on and on about how attracted they were to some woman and how much they wanted to fuck her in all of her orifices and eat her pussy until she came so hard she basically turned inside out but just couldn't bring themselves to have hot, premarital, heterosexual sex because some technicality or other violated their traditional values. All of those guys eventually came out of the closet. Just sayin'.

Could you wax philosophical about a column from a few weeks ago? I want to know what makes Sexually Frustrated Fetishist's preference to involve feet in sex morally preferable to his partner's preference not to do so? More generally, what's the reason for your tendency to side with the person who wants to do X, even to the point of encouraging infidelity, over the person who doesn't want to do X, when the more intuitive answer might be "Gee, maybe you guys just aren't sexually compatible"?

Skeptical Erotic Compromises

I don't always side with the kinksters, SEC. I've come down squarely on the side of the person who doesn't want to do "X" — I've backed women who didn't want to cuckold their husbands, and guys who didn't want to have same-sex contact during a threesome — on many occasions. But I do encourage people to be good, giving and game (GGG), which only requires us, as I've explained again and again, to consider our partner's reasonable sexual requests. I've never suggested that any and all sexual requests must be fulfilled.

I'll wax now: The odds that any of us will wind up with a partner whose sexual interests align perfectly with our own are zero. Since no two people are a perfect fit sexually, partners must craft a mutually satisfying sexual repertoire that doesn't leave either person feeling resentful or used. Each of us has a right to put our needs out there and a concurrent responsibility to meet our partner's needs if at all possible. And each of us should pull the plug when the sexual disconnect is too great.

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