Dear Abby: I am a woman in my late 40s and I hate sex. I always have and always will. I’m disabled, and it has always been torture. I never got any positive benefits out of it. My problem is I get hit on constantly.
I tried marriage once, more for financial reasons than anything else, but I couldn’t wait to get out. I’m single now, own my own home, and the men in this town (married and single) all seem to think I’m fair game. They’re convinced that I’m in need of satisfaction because I don’t date or have a steady man in my life. I have told them repeatedly that it’s not going to happen, but every once in a while one pops up on my doorstep or approaches me in town, only to be told AGAIN to leave me alone.
Please don’t tell me to see a therapist. The last one I went to tried to tell me I was gay. No! I’m simply happy being single and sex-free. I go where I want and don’t have to answer to anyone. Short of running these idiots off with a shotgun, how do I get it through their thick skulls that I’m not available?
– Sexless By Choice
Dear Sexless: Although we live in a sex-obsessed society, not everyone – male or female – is a sexual creature. Your therapist should not have tried to label you as gay. You appear to be asexual, which you describe as happily sex-free. The next time you are hit on by one of these men – who, by the way, probably think that by doing so they are “helping” – tell him you are happy with your life just the way it is, and it isn’t necessary to offer help where none is needed. Period.
Don’t debate with parents
Dear Abby: I really like this girl, but my parents absolutely cannot stand her. They hate that she has a tattoo and a lip ring, but her appearance has had no effect on her professional life, as she is on the road to success in her field.
I am not writing to ask whether I should stay with her, because I intend to. She’s an amazing person, a hard worker, a trustworthy partner and, most of all, she’s my best friend. How can I diffuse potentially “combustible” situations with my parents, who always try to put her down no matter how often I plead my case?
– Joe in Rhode Island
Dear Joe: Whether your parents approve or not, tattoos seem to have become a rite of passage for many people of your generation, and so have lip rings, eyebrow rings and multiple ear piercings. If you are over 21 and living independent of your parents, then you have the right to choose the women you become involved with.
From your letter, I’d say your values are mature. In time, your parents may recognize the fine qualities you see in this young woman. If they don’t, they may wind up estranging a son. Right now, getting into a debate about her will be a losing proposition and I’m advising you against it.