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I’m male, primarily hetero, and my wife and I are in our early 40s. We’ve been married for six years, have two great kids, a nice house, and life is good,
except… for a couple of decades I’ve wanted to have a threesome with two women. (In college I did several guy-guy-girl three-ways, and it was fun.) My wife has
never been interested in my fantasy, but before we married she agreed that she’d
explore it with me. In turn, I agreed to have kids, a notion I was leery of at
the time.

I’m sure you can see this coming: After we got married and had a child, my wife changed her mind about the threesome. Sometimes she denies she ever agreed
to it, other times she says she was “pressured” into it (I didn’t “pressure” her any more than she “pressured” me to have kids!), or that she didn’t...

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...it (I didn’t “pressure” her any more than she “pressured” me to have kids!), or that she didn’t think I was really serious. Her reasons change constantly, but the end result is that (a) she doesn’t want to do it, and (b) she doesn’t want me to go out and do it without her. I don’t want to cheat on her. I don’t want to coerce her into doing something she now claims she finds distasteful. I don’t want to divorce her over this. But I would like to realize my fantasy, and I’m severely bummed and feel cheated. We’ve seen a couple of counselors, each of whom instantly concluded, “Well, she changed her mind, you need to deal with it.” That seems unfair. Shouldn’t the possibility of her “opening up sexually” at least be discussed? Can you see a way out of this? WBS The way I see it, WBS, you have four options: You can cheat on your wife and have a threesome with two other women. You can coerce your wife into having a threesome that neither of you will enjoy. You can divorce your wife and have threesomes with other women. Or you can give in to your wife and never have a threesome. While all four options are unpleasant, they’re not equally unpleasant. What you have to do is figure out which is the least unpleasant option, and the answer seems obvious to me: You’re going to have to cheat on your wife. In fact, under the circumstances, it’s not only your absolute, gold-plated, carved-in-marble right to cheat on your wife–it’s your responsibility. The resentment you feel for your wife is growing, and if you don’t find a way to dispel it, eventually it will destroy your marriage. For no other reason than to save your marriage, you will have to cheat on your wife. Of course, if she finds out you cheated on her, your marriage may be destroyed, so do your best not to get caught. Sometimes even the best and most experienced cheaters get caught, so there’s something you need to say to your wife now that will enable your marriage to survive (should your wife find out you had a threesome without her at any point in the future). Provoke one last fight on the subject, and throw your best arguments at her: She promised; she owes you; she lied. You didn’t back out on kids, and she shouldn’t back out on this. Of course, the point of this fight is NOT to convince her to have a three-way under duress; trust me, a three-way in which one person is there under duress is no fun for anyone involved. But when the fight is winding down and you’re both weary and weepy, look as sad as you possibly can and give this speech: “Let’s never talk about this again, okay? I’m sorry this desire of mine has caused so much pain in our relationship. But I have to warn you that if under some insane set of circumstances two women ever threw themselves at me, well, I don’t know what I would do. I might not be able to resist. God, even saying that makes me feel awful.” Then kiss, make up, and go look for it. Take out a long-shot personal ad. If you travel on business, spend a lot of time in hotel bars. Or just hire a couple of escorts. If the wife finds out you had a three-way, tell her that two women threw themselves at you, and–just like you warned her–you weren’t able to resist. I am a 31-year-old straight woman in a monogamous, serious, two-year relationship. My boyfriend, 29, is the well-adjusted co-founder of a consulting firm. He’s very mature, loving, patient, and trustworthy. He often tells me that he’s going to marry me. We are not engaged. He also constantly talks about wanting to have a threesome with another woman. We were talking about his fantasy recently (the catalyst was a woman hitting on us at a bar, but things didn’t work out), when he asked me, “If I never propose, do you think you will eventually marry someone else?” I answered truthfully, yes. He then told me that’s how he feels about his fantasy of a threesome: If we never do it together, he will do it with someone else! I am actually quite into the idea, but I was shocked to learn that he intends to have a threesome whether or not it’s with me. I asked him why his fantasy has to become a reality when the majority of heterosexual men have this same fantasy and most never have it fulfilled, and most accept that it will probably never happen. He replied that men who deny themselves and grudgingly accept their lot in life are prime candidates for cheating on their wives. Should I be concerned about his fidelity? I have always trusted him, but now I’m having doubts. To make matters worse, he now says that he can’t get into the fantasy if he knows I’m doing it just for him. He wants me to initiate the three-way, and would love nothing more than for me to “admit” that I’m bi. We have agreed not to talk about this until we have cooled down a bit, and can talk about it calmly. We have had major issues before and have been able to work through all of them. I’d hate to see our relationship falter because of something like this. Bewildered in Manhattan Of course you should be concerned about his ability to remain faithful to you. My God, he told you that he’s going to have a threesome whether you’re in the room or not. That means he’ll either do it behind your back, or do it with his next girlfriend after you two break up. Look, he’s being very clear about what he wants out of a sexual relationship. If you’re unwilling to meet his needs, or if you think they’re creepy (and there is something creepy about him wanting you to “admit” you’re bi; if he wants to date a bi girl, why doesn’t he go find a bi girl?), perhaps you should dump this sensitive, loving guy. Of course, it does seem like a shame to dump him, especially if he’s as wonderful as you say and you’re genuinely into the idea of having a threesome. As I see it, all he’s guilty of is telling you just how important this fantasy is to him. letters@savagelove.net