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Aunt Pythia’s advice: the sex edition

August 23, 2014

Holy crap it’s already been an eventful morning and it’s not even 10am. Aunt Pythia blew a bike tire on the George Washington Bridge and had to walk back across and find the 1 train near 181st street, which was hidden from view. Seriously, it was.

Now, if Aunt Pythia ever asked for advice herself, she would know to carry a spare tire and tools to change a flat. But does Aunt Pythia ever ask for or take advice? I think not. Shame on you, Aunt Pythia, shame on you.

In spite of that obvious flaw, Aunt Pythia is super excited to finally be warming up the advice bus engine. Vroom vroom! Put the pedal to the medal, Auntie P!

As it happens, all the questions are about sex today, and yes that was by design, things this awesomesauce don’t “just happen”. Aunt Pythia makes them happen, please keep this in mind.

After this most ridiculous and sexy ride, please don’t forget to:

please think of something to ask Aunt Pythia at the bottom of the page!

I am almost out of questions!!!

By the way, if you don’t know what the hell Aunt Pythia is talking about, go here for past advice columns and here for an explanation of the name Pythia.


Dearest Aunt Pythia,

I’ve been dating this guy for a couple of months, and we always have a lot of fun when we go out on dates together. We see each other at least once or twice a week, but we’ve only been intimate 4 times. Those 4 times have been great, and I don’t mind moving slowly, but a few nights ago something happened that made me question some things:

After a nice dinner-and-a-movie date, I invited him up for a drink (knowing it was a weekend and he would probably be sleeping over). We watched some Hulu, had a drink or two, and then both declared that we were tired and should move to the bedroom. I slipped into the bathroom to put on something a little more “comfortable” (read: I took my pants off), and when I came back into the room, he was in bed wearing boxers and a t-shirt. I got in bed with him, expecting things to heat up, but instead he FELL ASLEEP! That’s right: he had a smart, funny, beautiful and PANTS-LESS girl lying next to him in bed, and he made no attempts to initiate contact. He slept on one side, I slept on the other, with absolutely zero touching. When we woke up the next morning, he acted like his sweet old self and just said he “passed out” because he was “so tired.”

What’s the deal!? Was he really THAT tired? Is he gay? Is he homeless and needed a bed to crash on!? Or maybe worst of all: is he already so comfortable in this “relationship” that he no longer feels the need to be intimate every time we have a sleep over?

I like this guy a lot, but I also like when guys touch me a lot. Have you ever been through this? Any advice?

Lonely on the bathroom side of the bed

Dear Lonely,

First of all, it’s important to know if this is a one-time, “special occasion” thing or a regular occurrence. If, say, he had competed in a triathlon that day, for example, then it would actually make sense for him to be too tired. On that night.

On the other hand, if he does this regularly – and judging by the numbers you gave me, whereby he has seen you about 20 times but you guys have only gotten down 4 times, there does seem to be some regularity to his reluctance – I’m gonna have to conclude that yes, he’s gay.

Haha, no, just kidding. What it really means is that he’s less sexual than you are. Or that he’s not that into you, although since you are smart, funny, beautiful, and pants-less, it’s hard to really imagine that. There are just so many ways I start imagining that and then the imagining just doesn’t move in that direction at all. Nope, it doesn’t.

Here’s a fun theory, that I’ll just throw out there because “not as sexual as you” is so depressing and final: he’s really into kinky sex but hasn’t gotten the nerve up to tell you. Although, to tell you the truth, I’m not seeing evidence for that. Usually people really into kinky sex are agitated and nervous, and hoping you notice their leather bracelets and suchnot, and they typically don’t accidentally fall asleep. Poop.

So, here’s an idea. When you’re next with him and you want to get sexy, take off your shirt and start rubbing your boobs on him. See if that works. After all, why are you waiting for him to initiate? That’s old fashioned and silly. And that also answers the other question you asked near the end of your letter! Why wait passively when you can make it happen? So yeah, go ahead and make the first move, and see if that works.

And if it doesn’t, then you know with a clear conscience that you’ve given it a valiant effort, and he’s just Not Very Sexual. In which case I suggest you run straight for OK Cupid. Or Tinder. Or my slutty friends’ favorite, HowAboutWe.

Good luck!

Aunt Pythia


Dear Aunt Pythia,

I’ve recently encountered a few men who refuse to wear condoms. One actually said to me: “I’d rather never have sex again than have sex with a condom.” (Spoiler alert: I didn’t have sex with him). I’ve even had guys try to bully me into going bareback by saying things like “Come on, are we in high school?”

What’s the deal? Unless we are in a monogamous situation in which both parties have been tested AND I am regularly taking birth control (or we are ready to have children), there is no way we’re having condomless sex. Aunt Pythia, do you have any go-to sassy remarks I can whip out when confronted with this aversion to safe sex?

Not Obliging Boys Acting Bullyish In Ejaculating Situations


HOLY CRAP I LOVE YOUR SIGN-OFF!!!! It’s perfect. I am ordering a plaque with that on it from zazzle.com.

I am also very in love with you for not taking that bullying crap. YOU ARE AWESOME.

And yes, I do have advice. Sex is not defined as vaginal intercourse. Tell him you guys can have sex without vaginal intercourse, and that it’s fine with you because it might even increase the probability of your overall enjoyment (read: more attention to your clitoris). And if he is super interested in vaginal intercourse, he will have to wear a condom. Because that’s how grownups who do not want to monogamous or have children have vaginal intercourse. But again, since there are lots of other ways to enjoy each others’ bodies, it’s all good.

Key phrase: “only middle schoolers define sex so narrowly as vaginal intercourse! Hahaha, can you IMAGINE!?!” Conversation over.

UPDATE: use condoms during oral sex as well to avoid oral HPV or gonorrhea!

Aunt Pythia


Aunt Pythia,

Thanks for all the love. I owe you many hugs. Share with me your take on an approach for the mid-life male discussing the warm-and-fuzzy male experience of age-related sexual dysfunction with a new female partner.

To maximize my affectionate partner’s satisfaction level, I’m fine with my future use of vitamin V (or Cialis or whatever’s been approved), but maybe the relationship honesty/trust thing is also served with a moment of “this stuff happens too.” My last girlfriend, a very loving, lovely, talented woman (also a clinical pharmacist) did not seem able to process the facts of male life-cycle physiology, instead framing the issue as “you’ve lost interest in me,” which cranked up the performance pressure.

Maybe that didn’t help the sex=fun equation & it definitely didn’t help the relationship. I think a plan to focus on showing more interest in multiple ways in the future is called for. But maybe it’s a good moment for some Auntie insight.

Mid-Life Laughs Every Minute

Dear Mid-Life Laughs,

First of all, here’s some more love and hugs.

Next, let’s talk about sex. Here’s the thing about Vitamin V: I’m so glad it exists. It’s another tool in the sex toolbox, sitting there right next to KY Jelly and the feather duster.

Every post needs at least one picture.

Every post needs at least one picture.

Is there a female version of Vitamin V? Not sure, and maybe I could go on a rant about that, but not today. Instead, I want to spend today appreciating just how much fun we can all have if we are understanding and forgiving and loving and sexy.

I think the new lady will – or should – understand the difference between the will and the reality of such things, especially if your words are consistently positive regarding the former, and especially if you go ahead and prepare yourself with a complete toolbox, including the above pictured feather duster. In other words, make it about her pleasure. Who can resist that? Answer: nobody.

Good luck!

Auntie P


Hi lovely Auntie P,

This is really good, so I thought I’d share.

Someone recently shared with me their list of “books that changed my life”. The first one I’m reading is called “Passionate Marriage” and has indeed the potential to be life-changing. It is a synthesis of sex therapy and marital counseling supposed to help one enhance their sex life. That sounds theoretical but I suggest you pick it up if you haven’t already.

Since I’m actually supposed to ask a question and cannot merely plug my latest page-turner, here are two, totally unrelated.

  1. Does Auntie P have a list of books that changed her life and can she, in her transfinite wisdom, share that list with her readers?
  2. What would you say constitutes “great sex”?

By the way, I loved your bit about everyone having crushes on one another. The world is such a beautiful place. You’re doing your part. I love you for that.

Getting Reads On Wishlist

Dear GROW,

I love you too! And thanks for the book suggestion, I will definitely check that out. After all, who doesn’t want an enhanced sex life? Answer: nobody.

As for the questions, let me think about it after I look up the word “transfinite”…

OK I’m back, and still somewhat confused, but I’ll let it pass.

  1. Here’s the thing, I can’t remember any book I’ve ever read. For some reason I have an excellent memory for ideas but not people, and remembering where I first heard an idea is nearly impossible for me. I know that’s crazy but it’s true. If I had to say which book affected me the most, I’d have to say The Brothers Karamazov, when I was 15, but I only remember how much I loved the book, not anything about the actual content. Well, I do remember the brothers names and their general characters, but not much more. In general, though, I like books that make me think differently and challenge my assumptions. And I don’t like books with scenes in which people are mean to children.
  2. This one is easy. Great sex is when both people feel great about it. It is characterized by generosity, empathy, and fun. Not so different, really, from a great dinner or a great bike ride with someone.

Hey, readers, what are your answers to these questions?


Aunt Pythia


Please submit your well-specified, fun-loving, cleverly-abbreviated question to Aunt Pythia!

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  1. cat
    August 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I think its interesting how several of the posts deal with the underlying issue of what constitutes ‘sex’ and ‘intimacy’.

    But it also shows a much darker side of intimacy since it seems both men and women internalizes their partners decision to not have sexual contact as about themselves rather their partner’s needs.

    You should believe your partner finds you sexually attractive even if they don’t feel like having sex at the exact same time that you want to have sex because you find them sexually attractive even if you don’t feel like having sex every time they want to have sex.

    You also deserve to satisfied, so you shouldn’t be with someone you are already having negative feelings about.

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  2. August 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Well, at first I was bitterly disappointed that you didn’t start off with one of your picture-perfect photos of some to-be-drooled-over baked goods… but then, hey, the feather duster compensated for it!
    Anyway, as far as a life-changing read (…and this will sound horribly boring), in high school we had to take a short course in ‘general semantics’ based on S.I. Hayakawa’s “Language In Thought and Action” — the book absolutely opened my eyes to how we are all manipulated by words and language throughout our lives (my fascination with language and psycholinguistics carried right through grad school and beyond).


  3. Min
    August 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    @ Lonely

    It is unlikely that Mr. Sleepyhead’s falling asleep had anything to do with you. At the same time, it seems that neither of you is highly sexed. You don’t mind moving slowly and, apparently, neither does he.

    As for his falling asleep, there could be physical reasons. He could have just been exhausted, he could have a metabolic disorder, who knows? Or it may have to do with his diurnal rhythm. Moi, I am an extreme early bird. When I was in college I usually went to bed at 9:00 p.m. Sex at midnight? Not at my best. Sex at 6:00 a.m.? Great! I have never dated anybody with my kind of diurnal rhythm. We have had to adjust. A girlfriend who is an extreme night owl? Forget it. A date with dinner, movie, drinks, Hulu, and then sex? No, thanks. Sex before dinner? Color me continental.

    Maybe you don’t feel as assertive as Aunt Pythia suggests. But you have been dating for a while, now. Instead of saying, would you like to come up for a drink, say something like, come up and take me to bed. Maybe he is not assertive, either, and would appreciate that. 🙂


    • August 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      I thought of this. But then I think she would have mentioned that he was randy in the morning if he had been.


      • Min
        August 24, 2014 at 7:35 pm

        Diurnal rhythm mismatches are not all that uncommon. I vaguely recall an old English ballad that ended something like this:

        Oh, doctor, help us in our plight.
        Give Strephan spirits in the night,
        Or Chloe in the morning.



  4. JimH
    August 25, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Books that changed my life:
    “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” in my early teens taught me courage to live by my own beliefs.
    “Stranger in a Strange Land” in my late teens opened my eyes to a lot of the conservative point of view and also a lot of societal problems. It gave me a much more open view of sex, too, at just the right time.
    “How to Win Friends and Influence People”: while often considered a “business book,” Dale Carnegie brought together a tremendous amount of solid relationship advice in one definitive opus eighty years ago, but many, many people still don’t grasp the basics. Yes, the latter parts are more business-related, but I believe everyone would benefit from at least perusing it. Most of the advice works in many kinds of relationships.
    “Which Comes First: Cardio or Weights” and “The First Twenty Minutes” laid to rest much of the modern confusion and mythology about physical fitness. “The Lore of Running” is also fantastic, but too thick and deep for all but the most dedicated.

    I totally agree that great sex is characterized by generosity, empathy and fun. I couldn’t have said it better myself. You have to communicate with your partner, though, to get what you want. Waiting for them to read your mind will nearly always end in frustration. Empathy starts with understanding.

    I could live without television, cell phones and even the Internet, but not without lots of books and sex!


  5. September 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    As for the first question, it should be noted that some guys actually prefer a more passive role *shocking*


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