Growing up and into bisexuality, there were so many of us who were just fine to be able to screw each other’s brains out and/or to suck loads of cum out of each other’s balls. From friend to really good friend, it was fun, had meaning as it often spoke to how good the friendship was and, well, you had… feelings for the guy or guys but would fall way short of being an admission of love and even shorter of declaring that you were in a relationship and like so many of us were trying to establish with girls and exactly what we were told to do.
We would learn about gay dudes who were looking for a boyfriend and the kind of guy who liked to do all that kissing and cuddling and hand-holding stuff that we had to do with girls and whether we actually wanted to do these things or not but we also learned that if we did, that increased our chances of being able to get her naked and have sex with her. Sometimes. Girls are so fickle. It wasn’t unusual for us to have our favorite guy or guys to have sex with as well as to just hang out and get into other kinds of trouble. Having things in common like sports, playing board games, stuff like that were good things to have with a guy that, if sex wasn’t already in play, could lend itself to sex happening. Sometimes. Maybe if he wasn’t too scared.
We learned the differences between a boy who was a friend and a boyfriend and just as we learned about a girl who was a friend and a girlfriend. While it was often possible to have sex with a boy-friend – and the hyphen here indicates the difference from a boyfriend, it wouldn’t be until I got a lot older before I’d finally realize that friendship is a form of a relationship – just not a romantic one but it could turn into one under certain conditions and circumstances. Guys you were really close with would often say that they “love you like a brother” and I would think that putting it this way was a lot more… comfortable since, yes, you guessed it, guys aren’t supposed to feel love for each other unless they were gay and I would often be… tickled to see how many ways we can slice and dice love to, I guess, better fit the way we felt about someone from family to friends to actually being in a relationship with someone.
Let’s see… how many times have I had sex with a guy and have heard him blurt out that he loves me? Wait, what? You what? I mean, sure, I like you and all that, but love’s a pretty strong word and I would find myself reciting something a lot of girls would tell me when I’d blurt out how I felt about them before, during, or after sex: “No, you don’t – you just really like the way we had sex feels to you!” Yeah, talk about getting your heart crushed but, well, girls. You tell a girl that you love her and you’d better be ready to prove it without a shadow of a doubt and you weren’t getting a peek at her pussy until you did. Unless she didn’t believe a word you said but she was horny and you’re available and she does kinda/sorta like you. Maybe. You just never really knew with girls but there was one constant given:
Boys do not fall in love with each other and they don’t become boyfriends or boyfriend and “girlfriend” and depending on how gay things were with a guy and, no, the sexuality of the participants do not ever define their sexuality but let’s face it: You see two guys being all cozy with each other, you know that this is a known homosexual behavior and “that means” both guys are gay. The “bromance” isn’t something new, either, and I knew guys who were like an old married couple with each other and you’d see them together and you just knew they were having sex… and they probably weren’t. Some guys, including yours truly, would and could get razzed for having a boyfriend or being a guy’s boyfriend and all because of the closeness of the friendship and not unlike how people thought that me and my first cousin were brothers because if you saw one of us, the other was close-by and we have the same last name.
But even in such a close friendship, we might not have “been in love” with each other but if we were having sex, far out, man! Which just made us like each other even more, of course, but fell way short of declarations of real love and romantic relationships… but how you really felt about each other could be a totally different thing that is best left unsaid unless you want to get the gay label slapped on you. It wouldn’t be until I really did fall in love with a guy, and we were in a relationship that I realized and understood that there were guys I had as friends and… I loved them whether we were having sex or not. I also understood that love… doesn’t much care if you’re both guys or not and that biochemical process that takes place when we’re in love also doesn’t care about the sex of the person who activates it… but social norms and morality does care and as we all know.
Then the world learned that bisexuality is real. Then reactions all over the world were coming from people who were saying that they couldn’t be bisexual because they couldn’t be in a same-sex relationship and there was a long moment where a lot of people were saying that if you weren’t or couldn’t be in a same-sex relationship, then there’s no way you can really be bisexual. Even today, there’s still that push to equate bisexuality with romantic, relational intent and I’ll admit that it took me a few to recognize the push to shove bisexuality into the heteronormative way of things that we all are supposed to adhere to including no sex before marriage or, at the least, being in a very committed relationship. I gave myself the “duh slap” because what I was hearing went right along with something I had read years ago in that the only allowable sex is relationship sex… and just as the bible says even if in a rather “backhanded” and verbally confusing kind of way.
A Friend With Benefits is a relationship – it’s just one that lacks the responsibilities of a real relationship but usually has all of the perks, aka, sex. Other terms were, for guys, a flavor of buddy: Suck, fuck, jerk-off or all of the above. We don’t have to be “boyfriends” and like gays dudes are, can, and want to be… but there’s no qualms about the two of us getting our dicks out and using them on each other and in whatever ways we want to and if no one is the wiser about this part, that works. And, I would opine at times, there’s that… underlying part of our social conditioning that kinda/sorta says that if you really like someone, it’s kinda/sorta okay to have sex with them or, as I was specifically told, “Do not ever have sex with someone you don’t love or otherwise care for.” It is to note that neither of my parents specifically mentioned girls as this main and only focus but it was strongly pounded into my head that boys only had sex with girls – but don’t have sex with girls.
Which made having sex with boys… interesting and more so if you cared about a guy and I think it was really left up to me to decide and define what “caring” meant and the illogic that said that I could have sex with a girl that I cared about… but I couldn’t have sex with a guy that I cared about and, well, as we used to say, “Bump that!” We… understood that we didn’t have to be like gay dudes and be boyfriends like they are in order to have sex with each other: We just had to want to do it and if we were friends, good friends or really good friends, that just worked.
We were… conditioned to ignore our feelings toward other guys. If you let it slip that you had feelings for a guy, some reinforcement of the rules was in order and you didn’t dare say that you really liked a guy because that was often enough for rumors of your gayness to sprout up and that was a problem since I also learned that people were more likely to believe the lie of such a rumor that the truth that I wasn’t a homosexual… but I wasn’t about to tell them that I was a bisexual. So there was that very social reason to not really admit to a guy how you really felt about him but, yeah, I do remember the first time I was having sex with a good friend, and he blurted out that he thought he was in and love with me and I told him to stop playing because it was impossible that he was in love with me. I know that I’ve said it to a guy during sex, too, but, nah, that can’t be for real – it’s just loving the good sex we’re having, right?
And, again, finding out that he probably was in love with me after all and having a bad moment thinking about him and how I had probably hurt his feelings but, then again, professing love for someone during sex is a no-no and that’s about the time I was learning about the power sex has and how it can unlock those very amorous feelings and how we try to keep those feelings on lockdown and especially when they’re being felt or expressed to or by another guy and his sexuality really doesn’t have anything to with it. You feel what you feel. It remains true that just because you have these feelings for someone doesn’t mean that you have to now be in a relationship, but it is… inferred and even implied as is what makes the sex you were having outside of a relationship… not so sinful and like the fornication that’s been going on. But even if you felt that way about a guy, the “best” way to express them was to tell him that… you love him like a brother.
I always felt weird saying that to a guy because I couldn’t stand my one and only brother and he didn’t like me all that much, either. But it’s the only “allowable” way to express your feelings for another guy but it doesn’t mean that you’re going to have sex… but it could. And then the caveat that, “We’re not going to be boyfriend and girlfriend, okay?” and once that was agreed upon, it’s time to have sex with each other for the first time as a “couple” that you’re really not all that much and… it can get messy. Guys would be good with having sex with you as long as thing didn’t start “getting serious” or otherwise look or feel romantic or like a relationship and that included busting your boy’s ass for not being available for sex when you wanted or expected him to be and getting pissy about who else he was fucking when he wasn’t fucking you and, yeah, let’s not take things that far and more so when it was bad enough having to go through this with women and even if we were keeping our “hands” to ourselves.
One just did not want to deal with relationship drama with a guy because I know that I heard a lot of horror stories about effeminate gay men having all kinds of fits because some guy broke their heart, got them into bed and lied about their feelings for them and, whew, shit, I thought women could throw fits behind this crap until I saw a gay guy lose it and went off on the guy who broke his heart or whatever he did to make sure that a real relationship didn’t happen and, again, not really having a clue about the power of sex and it being a master key to our emotions.
The truth is that you do not need to fall in love or be in a same-sex relationship in order to validate your bisexuality. You don’t need these two things to have sex in the same-sex way of things, you know, if you don’t mind all that much. Yet, I can go on Twitter and see so many “confessionals” from bisexual men and women who rejoice in their freedom to love and be in a relationship with anyone and regard of sex or gender identity and I’ve often found myself rhetorically asking, “What’s love got to do with it and more so when we all eventually learn that love and sex aren’t the same things?” I mean, sure – the definition of bisexuality I learned kinda implies it – the physical and emotional affinity for both sexes. I had had to look up the word “affinity” because it, too, was a new word and, okay, it means liking and to whatever degree.
Under the tenants of boys being boys, you could have that physical thing for other guys – but “not really” – but it was just unthinkable to have the emotional thing for a guy and like those gay dudes we were hearing about. And it never connected with any of us that just because we were told not to have those feelings for a boy obviously didn’t mean that it was possible because, duh, gay dudes. Not all gay dudes were interested in a relationship but even back then, we believed perception over truth. It was “scary” to have sex with a gay dude because he would want you to be his boy- or girlfriend. Oh, hell, no! But, um, okay, we can get all personal with each other but we’re not doing the relationship thing.
The difference between liking a guy and liking a guy like that. Or not. Even guys who are up to their eyeballs having sex with guys often don’t want to talk about… feelings. FWB is okay as long as it doesn’t get that serious but you can’t be his FWB until you’re going to be into him and he’s into you and in ways that does not include or involve having sex. Dating, as I had once had it explained to me is… an interview for a relationship, with or without sex and depending on whether or not you’ve bought into the “no sex on the first date” thing that has been around since forever. It’s… okay to have sex on the third, fourth, or fifth date because by this time, you’ll know if you’re compatible with each other… and this doesn’t have anything to do with being sexually compatible but it’s part of the deal we go through with women when we (a) just want to screw them silly and/or (b) we really do want to be in a relationship with them and if they’ll have us… and now, you gotta do the same thing with some bi guysl and even if they “really” can’t be in a relationship but, sure, FWB works and while the earlier version of this didn’t include any real exclusivity, what it means to be someone’s FWB seems to be changing into, well, a real relationship with all the perks and responsibilities therein.
I had learned – and way before I got to be a teenager – that you don’t have to “be in love with a guy” or even be in a serious relationship with him in order to have sex. You just had to like him enough to want to and, hopefully, he felt the same way. If we liked each other enough and agreed to have sex with each other for the first time, fantastic and if the sex was good and satisfying, sure – let’s do it again and the sooner, the better and so will doing it as many times as we can get away it be. We’re friends and really good friends or, again, enough for us to be okay with having sex with each other but other than talking about how much we like each other – and that includes just being around each other – it’s okay to say that you love hanging out with him and even okay to say that you love him like a brother (and usually if you’re not having sex – yet) but to look in your male friend’s eyes and declare your love for him? Oh, fuck no! Impossible! You can get away with telling him that you love having sex with him as long as it didn’t imply or infer that the two of you should be boyfriends and the romantic kind.
We have held true that the only morally allowed sex is relationship sex. Except, even today, there are men who can and will have all the mad crazy sex with you… as long as things don’t turn serious and that means relationship serious. Being an FWB, suck, fuck, and/or jerk buddy is… far enough and I’ll say for most guys but we all know that getting into a relationship so that you can have sex is nice… but not required unless you have issues with the sin of fornication… but friendship is a relationship, too. Hmm. Being in a same-sex relationship can be nice – but it does not validate things other than you’re able to be in a same-sex relationship and in a world that still believes this is a sin.
And if you’re reading this and thinking, “Yeah, but…” I can’t say that I blame you but that all depends on what you believe about these things. I’m just the bisexual guy who’s telling you about other bisexuals guys who are looking for a relationship with another guy so that they can have sex and, in a way, validate their bisexuality and my position that you don’t need to be in a loving relationship with a guy to validate your bisexuality – you should have done that already once you accepted that, holy shit – I’m bisexual! Or I think I am. The… less complicated form of validation that I think all of us do go through is… that first time having sex with a guy – but that’s just “proof” that you can do that stuff you’ve been thinking about and then thinking about it based upon your feelings and if you have them, you just validated them and having that first sexual experience… seals the deal or proves that you couldn’t have the sex and some guys have gotten into a “relationship” with another guy and discovered that the sex ain’t working for them and they become disillusioned because they were sure that it would.
Which is something I find odd since, um, don’t we experience such things with women? My protege was having a fit because his FWB (not the current guy) was behaving like they were exclusive boyfriends and he couldn’t understand why and got to riffing about it and all I said was, “Well, you already know why since you’ve been with women before so, yeah, you should recognize the behavior.” And he really didn’t… because only gay dudes behave like this, right? I had to explain to him that there’s nothing he can do about how the guy (1) felt and (2) perceived the sexual relationship to be and (3) yes, having sex with someone more than two or three times can be seen as a sexual relationship and I did remind him that the two of them had been having sex every other day and for a lot of days.
It’s okay to be relationship-minded in this. Guys who are get… out of sorts because there are a gazillion guys who want to have sex with you, have it more than once or twice, but aren’t of a mind to take on the role of FWB because it’s a relationship that can have emotional overtones so let’s just keep it at having sex and avoid all that emotion-driven drama that relationships bring to the table. The overall tone today seems to be that casual sex is to be avoided; no sex on the first date; there has to be some being into that’s not just sexual. I have told guys who have said these things that if what they’re saying sounds familiar to them and many have said that it doesn’t and like I did with my protege, I’ve told them, “But you’ve been involved with women, right?”
And some say, “That’s different!” and, nope, it isn’t because guys are on the hunt for other guys and just like we’d be on the hunt for a woman – and getting subjected to a lot of the same things women subject us to and I thought it was just me who was seeing this until I found out that I wasn’t. I thought I was wrong about what I was seeing – and I know that I could be wrong but, nope, not wrong and now it seems to be a requirement where the acceptance of bisexuality in men and women are concerned and as I’ve said before, I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing for bisexuality to be handled like heterosexuality has always been mandated and, one day, having a good laugh to realize that homosexuals go about these things under the same damned rules.
We hold true that love, sex, and relationships are mutually inclusive… and they aren’t. One can beget the other but if you “just want to get laid,” you don’t need them to get laid – you just have to want to get laid and like the other person enough to want to have sex with them and it is not really a sexuality thing since this is what we been doing all along. Happily committing the sin of fornication and doing it in the preferred relationship way… but in this, guys aren’t all that different from how some women can be in that, sure, we can fuck but let’s not get too serious about shit, okay?
You don’t need to be in a relationship to prove your bisexuality. Trust your feelings. If you can, have the sex, try it “on for size” and learn if it works for you. If emotions are involved, fine – you’re really just as human as the rest of us are and if nothing else, it’s how you feel but, again, that underlying implication that says if you have feelings for someone that isn’t just lust, a relationship is mandated. And the heartbreak, disappointment and other shit that happens when a relationship doesn’t happen and “as expected.”
A guy asked me if I thought that he should look for a romantic relationship with a guy and I said, “I think you should handle your business in the way you want to handle it – just don’t get all down in the mouth when you find out that there are guys seriously willing to have sex with you… but the moment you hit them with the emotional/relationship thing? They’ll vanish like they never existed.”
Another guy asked me how I could just sleep with a guy, and I said, “Um, because I can and I’m not even thinking about anything more serious than us making each other cum…” and I added that last part because I knew why he was asking. Indeed, a lot of guys get totally freaked out over some guy coming over to them and propositioning them for sex and I’ve asked, “I understand how you feel about this but, um, how do you think a lot of guys get the dick they want? They’re not sitting around waiting for a Mr. Right – a Mr. Right Now works and especially with no strings attached.”
I’m sure I unnerved him by saying that, but the truth does tend to do that, huh? I learned that you just gotta like the guy enough to want to have sex with him and whatever happens after that, we can talk about or not. My relationship with my very gay boyfriend was amazing but we both admitted that if all we did was have sex after the first time we did, that would have worked… because it’s supposed to work; our relationship was.. gravy.
Fun stuff, huh?