Content note: This post mentions emotional, physical, and sexual violence. There is also some text beneath the jump that may not be safe for work.
For whatever reason, I’m often the go-to person among my friends for advice with sexuality and relationships. I don’t mind; I view it as an opportunity to spread the word about the benefits of open communication between romantic and sexual partners to all of my friends. One sticking point, though, that makes my friends hesitate to communicate more openly is the fear of rejection.
Take for example my close friend Evan, who told me about a bad breakup he had.
“Sexually, the relationship was very dissatisfying for me,” he said. Continue reading