I'm not sure if my problem is super unique, or if this is just one of those things nobody every really talks about, so Dear W&M seemed like the way to go!
I've been with my man for 6 years, married for about a year and a half. A short time before our first wedding anniversary, he came out to me as bisexual.
He'd never said it out loud before, and it was much harder for him to say it than it was for me to hear. I'm totally fine with it and constantly try to make him feel more comfortable with being open about it - I'm looking at gay porn and buying dildos and lube - I'm going all out. I want him to know I'm down. I want him forever, this isn't going to scare me away. It's actually kind of hot.
Sometimes it's been hard for me, keeping this huge secret, processing it on my own, trying to find the best way to react on a daily basis. Sometimes he is positively giddy that I've been so accepting, and it turns him on to look at porn together (that's something we'd never done before). He's told me all the secrets he's been keeping for years and years, and is constantly telling me how relieved he is to be so honest with me and gushes about how unbelievable it feels to be so open. That makes me happy, I feel closer to him than ever.
Sometimes, however, he is consumed with shame and guilt and wishes it would all go away. The more I encourage him to accept it and stop hating himself for it, the more curious he gets about it and then he feels guilty for wanting to be with a man because he is married to me. I don't mind fantasies at all, and I feel bad for him that he can't fully explore this side of himself. I'd probably be down for a threesome (I've actually done a M/F/F threesome before), but it's highly unlikely we'll meet another bisexual man anytime soon, let alone become close enough to him for my guy to feel comfortable sharing his secret. That just doesn't seem like a reality.
I'm 1,000,000% sure he's not going to meet a guy and cheat on me, which is what all the online message boards say (for the record, those are completely unhelpful). He knew me for 6 years before he came out, so I'm pretty sure he never plans to tell anyone else ever. How do I deal with the joy/shame rollercoaster? Do I stop encouraging him so he can continue his quest to suppress that side of himself? Should I keep helping him explore this side of himself (as much as a woman can) and remind him he can't just "turn it off"? All I want is to be supportive, but I'm not sure how when sometimes he appreciates that and sometimes he doesn't.
Thanks for the help!
Wife Wearing a Strap-On
* * *Dear Wife Wearing a Strap-On,
First of all, how fucking awesome are you?!? Think of how many guys out there who wish they could share their fantasies with their partner, let alone act on them!
There is a fine line between fantasizing about something and actually realizing it. I'm wondering if he has ever been with a man before? Perhaps role playing and fantasizing about it will satisfy the urge. But if not, it sounds like you're down for making it happen, too.
Fuck the message boards. I think others in this situation might cheat because they don't have open supportive partners like you. This is something you both can explore together. As for the M/M/F threesome, just keep that option on the table. Maybe someday the stars will align and you'll meet someone who you both think is hot and want to bang (a win/win)!
But seriously, look on the fucking bright side, you will never have a boring sex life! Instead of approaching this as a heavy issue you both have to tackle, treat it was a fun thing (because it can be)! As for the joy/shame rollercoaster, just be along for the ride, play, have fun, and soon enough the joy will outweigh the shame when he realizes this has only enhanced your relationship, sex life, and there's nothing to feel guilty about.
You're doing everything right. Let him set his own pace, continue to help him explore, but don't push issue or bust out the dildos every time you have sex. This is only one aspect of him and his sexuality.
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