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– By Alison Bonaguro
34% of women would rather watch TV than get laid on February 14. Here’s why—and what to do about it
It’s a universal rite of passage when we all inevitably discover that a large quantity of food and booze is actually the cruellest cock blocker in relationships everywhere. Who wants to screw after housing a bread basket, a bottle of wine, and a box of truffles? Not a single woman I know, that’s who. And you’re not immune, either—don’t forget about good ol’ whiskey dick.
And yet, we all insist on going out to dinner on “romantic” holidays like Valentine’s Day and anniversaries.
This contradiction inspired some genius advice from nationally syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage: Have sex first. As in, flip the script, and make great sex the foreplay to your romantic dinner.
“If you want to make sure you get f***ed on Valentine’s Day, f*** first, then go out to dinner,” Savage explains on his blog on TheStranger.com. “Not only will the sex be out of the way, but it’s easier to get a reservation at 9 or 10 o’clock, and then when you go home you won’t be going home to performance anxiety or disappointment if nothing happens.”
Yes, he says you should “get sex out of the way.” Like doing your income taxes before you go on holiday.
Is that how we should think about sex—as something to cross off our nightly to-do list—especially on one of the most allegedly romantic days of the year?
Maybe. Because here are some sad stats:
One recent survey finds that nearly 30 percent of 18 to 34 year olds are not getting laid on February 14.
And when women are surveyed, the results are not promising for guys. As in, 41 percent of women in a relationship actually dread Valentine’s Day more than any other holiday, and 34 percent of them say they’d rather just watch TV than have sex.
My guess is they’ve just been doing it wrong, and screwing on a full stomach.
If and when you do heed Savage’s advice, chances are you’ll never go back to after-dinner sex again.