What are the sexual steps you take while dating? November 26, 4: So while every guy, girl, and experience is different, could someone share what they might consider standard in their experience? I'd be curious to know what peoples' typical natural progressions are for a person they're dating, not a hook up in terms of the steps, not necessarily timing. If a girl you've been dating invites you up after the date, what would you expect? Or what if she randomly invites you over for a movie one night? When I say "expect" I don't mean that, once X happens you demand to receive Y, but to the extent that there's a lot of nonverbal communication happening, what are you guessing she's trying to indicate by extending those invitations 2.
This time, I wasn't looking for "chemistry" but just a good, solid guy who seemed into me. And I had him! So why didn't I want to kiss him yet?
Did I even need to want to kiss him yet? Given what I know about modern dating so far, there seems to be a rather rigid timeline that people follow. And woe if you aren't hitting those milestones when you should be. It's worse than your kid not talking until he's From what I gather it seems to go something like this:.
End of date three: Guy mauls you in your lobby or on your front step whilst you protest, "No, no, I'm a good girl!
You really had to pin him down because the got busy and "wasn't getting" your messages. Okay, so for some lucky types, dates might end with talk of the future or, at the very least, taking your respective online dating profiles down. The problem is when you're WAY off these milestone markers OMG, it's date four and we've only kissed for like two seconds!
Could he be out with someone who is really into him instead of me? But there comes that time when you just don't know. Does the lack of a spark just mean that you need more time than other people to feel something fluttery in your stomach? Or does it mean that the sexual chemistry is just not there, never going to be there, and you shouldn't torture yourself trying to make it happen?
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Do we put too much pressure on ourselves to feel fireworks too soon? And if you do feel fireworks, what does that mean? Fireworks right away doesn't mean you know the person. You could feel fireworks with a dude who turns out to be a serial killer. Subtlety is awesome, but often confusing and not for me! I'm more of a "whisper in your ear exactly what dirty things I want to do" kind of girl. It is awesome that you are asking about what different things mean, but meanings vary from person to person, so if I were you I'd work on making your boundaries clear before you get into ambigious territory and saying no whenever you feel uncomfortable.
If you're already comfortable with this, ignore my advice! There is no magical set of rules. Either I like someone enough to be intimate and have sex or I don't: Why make out with somebody you know wants to bone and then leave them hanging?
It's not fair to them, it wastes my time, and the only thing you get out of it is unnecessary drama. Or if you're really lucky, date rape and stalkers. Movie nights are for real friends, not hey-let-me-get-you-alone-in-the-dark "friends".
Hell, I stopped going on coffee dates with people I'm not interested in when it's clear they're only asking because they want more later. The sooner you're upfront about your intentions, the better off everyone will be.
If you don't want to go "all the way" ugh , either make that clear with your actions -- keep all your clothes on -- or your words: Depends what's already been done in the course of dating. I think that early in dating, I would interpret a request for "a quiet night in" like this as a desire for a step up in intimacy- from square one to kissing, from kissing to full-on feely-up makeouts, or from full-on makeouts to intercourse.
I think you can be direct but in a playful way. So if you invite someone in after a date or over for a movie date, but then turn around and say in a vampy-finger pointed way "But don't get the wrong idea! If not, it will just come off as strange.
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I've had someone say back "don't think you are" and then I immediately wanted them more. If you want to enjoy some clothes off time without "sex" you can also say after some making out something like ok this is awkward , "I'm not interested in taking it too far tonight. Can you handle it? I'm usually way more saucier but you get the idea.
Sometimes it can just be as simple as "I like you but there isn't going to be sex for awhile until I get to know you better. And if he isn't he'll disappear and he isn't the right guy for you. If the person physically moves it forward, you decline, and he tries again, then immediately end the night. With me its all about comfort levels I've been on first dates that ended up in the bedroom, and I've dated guys for months without more than a few goodnight kisses. Things happened once I felt comfortable enough to want them to happen.
Of course, for me, a lot depends on how well I know a person. Sleeping together after the first date isn't going to happen with some guy who I met online, but is likely to happen with someone I've been friendly acquaintances with for a few months.
So I don't really have a timeline, it mostly depends on when I feel I can trust them, and when I feel comfortable taking things into the realm of physical.The 5 Stages of Relationships
In your case, I would be straightforward about being new to the dating scene.. If you want to "take it slow" let them know what that means to you needing time to get comfortable, a certain number of dates before you think you're ready, or "I'll tell you when I'm ready to move forward" Keep in mind, this makes you responsible for making the first move when you're sure its what you want to do.
I come from a sex-positive background with a ton of sexual assault support workers and sex educators as friends, so I am particularly sensitive to signs of disinterest and boundaries being reached. I am completely ok with "no" meaning stop right now. I don't think this is the norm for straight men. As far as bases go: I don't even know what those are. I tend to find myself in situations where we have some kind of sexual activity manual, oral, penetration; any of these counts or none at all well kissing yes but that's less sexual , there's no halfway point.
There's no "ok let's just take our tops off and nothing else", if that's what you were asking. Expect is the wrong word Makeout time, assuming signals about this were given prior. Anything more than that is a bonus. This discussion should happen before any clothes are removed. I don't think this through that much. There's nonverbal body language like the way her head tilts when our faces are close to each other, how her breathing changes, etc.
Anything more than kissing usually gets a "is this ok? Generally if the clothes come off, that's a signal to touch what has been shown. If she pushes my hands away, I check her expression and try to figure out if she's fighting for fun this usually means she's smirking or if she's upset.
If the expression is hard to read, I ask. If you don't want to use those parts sexually, either discuss it or leave those clothes on. Again, I am incredibly atypical compared to the usual straight man. It's ok if these boundaries then change but at least give your partner a starting point.
Be honest and straightforward. Generally, everyone just muddles through this.
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Its amazing the species reproduces. My advice is be aware--everyone and every pairing is different. A mindful approach, focusing on the situation, rather than a checklist is great.
Answering for myself, definitely not. Consent and trust are sexy to play around with, but not on the first date. But from talking with friends of both genders, I think it is pretty clear that a lot of people don't see it that way at all. People sometimes put up fake resistance expecting it to be violated, and people someones expect that resistance is fake and can be ignored.
Personally I think that is a crappy way to interact and a recipe for disaster, but the reality is that you can't take it as a given that the guy you are making out with will react the way you expect or hope if you want to put the brakes on suddenly. If a girl invites me up, I'd hope that we were going to have sex, and would think of it as a reasonable possibility, but if it was just drinks and a bit of making out I certainly wouldn't complain.
I don't think there's anything wrong with being clear about your intentions. I've had girls say anything from the fact that they like taking things slow to just outright saying that they're not going to sleep with me that night, and in none of those situations did I ever consider it a negative thing.
Putting them on the same page as you in as clear a way as possible is a good thing. I tend to wait for the signs either to be incredibly clear and obvious, however if I ever feel a slight bit of resistance when taking it to another level i.
As previously stated, if she's indicated that, I know where the line is and I don't cross it. I've had a girl stop me at one point, but then guide my hand to do the same thing later on that same night when things have progressed further. This is not something you can, or should, plan like you were following recipe instructions. It varies, depending on you, the other person, the moment, the mood and many other unforeseeable and often barely-tangible factors.
The bottom line is relax and go with the flow. If you feel hesitant and in need of boundaries or more time, behave accordingly. If you feel mad for it and it's reciprocated, dive in. I mean, why not? Now, that said, boundaries on both sides have to be respected, without exception. An expression of reluctance or resistance should always be taken at face value. Besides, do you really want to push sex on someone who may not be sufficiently into it, or you?
I would hope not. If you respect all wishes, whether sincere or not, your partner will know exactly where they stand with you. This would never be acceptable. This would be assault. If she pushed me away, I would treat that in the most direct, face-value way and back off, probably with an apology.
She's saying no, she doesn't want that. This sort of thing shouldn't even be a source of doubt. If you invite me up to your apartment and start taking off your clothes and then decline any sexual activity, I would find that misleading.
And no, that absolutely does not entitle me to try and refuse your resistance -- It does make me pretty inclined to ignore your phone call the next day because I don't want to be dating someone with the sexual maturity of a year-old.
I am a year-old man, I do not want to do the same things I did in high school. I am not really that excited about touching your boobs as an end in itself. Actually, I'm married, so it's fairly moot for me, but if I wasn't, I'd want to date someone that treats sex in a bit more adult manner.
My wife and I did not have sex on the first date, but we did have sex the first time we started undressing around each other. Thank you, this has all been very helpful. For the record, in terms of my question 4, I've experienced several variations. One was with a guy who seemed to very clearly respect that I didn't want to go too far. He constantly checked in and I found that comforting. On the other hand he eventually stripped to boxers and invited me to take my jeans off a couple times.
I still feel like he was a really stand up guy, but now in hindsight wonder if he was actually trying to get further than I had thought. Another time what with was a guy who I told very explicitly that we weren't going to have sex. He verbally acknowledged and said he thought it was too soon as well.
However soon after he took my bra off and then later tried to get my underwear off more than once despite a very hard shove at his arm. At the time I felt he was definitely aggressive but I didn't have enough of a frame of reference to really know. I don't think I felt violated, and if I have to be honest it made me feel very desired. I wondered if that level of slight aggressiveness was the norm. The last guy was an acquaintance I brought home after a party. He unzipped my dress, I zipped it back up.
He later tried to go up my dress and push my legs apart. After a few rounds of resistance on this same action I started telling him to stop. It took a good 10 seconds or so for him to finally stop and get up. This time I knew right away that it wasn't right. That said, I didn't want to make a scene so it took a while to get him out of my apartment.
It sounds like generally people think that at least the second two incidents violate a standard code of conduct. But if it's really that egregious then it's happening to me repeatedly so I feel like I need to take some responsibility for it. I'm trying to understand what I did that may have led him to think I was giving the green light.
Again, this has all been very helpful. It's completely inappropriate to "push through" if someone's resisting. There are guys out there who will push through, whether verbally or physically, or who will act all hard done by if things get all het up and then you put the brakes on.
There's also guys out there who will move things on faster than you're comfortable with, until you're stuck in a situation you didn't mean to be in and you're somehow feeling guilty about the idea of saying "no thanks". It doesn't take someone malicious, just someone clueless or bad at reading signals and used to people who move quickly.
So, if you're not really really confident with being assertive and clear with people, I think it's wise to try not to be alone in a private place with a guy unless either you're happy that you'd have sex with him, or you've discussed explicitly what you're up for and you trust him to stick to that.
Either way, if you find yourself feeling pressured to do something you don't want, exit stage left as fast as possible. Break up the situation immediately and move back to somewhere that's not private or you're not alone. The important distinction here is that while ignoring or pushing through resistance is not ok, as plenty of people here have explained, it is also super common and sometimes even desired or expected. I don't think it is at all safe to assume there is any universal consensus on this or that people's reactions and behaviors can be easily predicted.
And there is endless room for nuance and miscommunication. Does pushing someone's hand away mean "not tonight," or "not this moment, but please try again in a few minutes"? I don't think you are going to find general rules or clarity, or any easy way to avoid negotiating things anew each time.
I expect that being-invited-up means she wants to move from conversation to more physical things. What that means depends how far we got physically outside. I try not to assume much. I've been slowed or stopped while kissing, various stages of undress, various stages of sex, etc.
It's called "listening to feedback". Sex should feel good.