Swinging Advice – Eliminating Jealousy & Pleasing Your Partner

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Q. I am the jealous one, when it comes to my husband being with another woman. My husband is completely fine with wanting me to be with another man. I have finally come to grasps with this and I am ready to try this. I however want to be able to please my husband in every way possible in the future. How do I get over the jealousy issues so that I may one day be able to allow my husband with another woman. I know it’s a self-esteem, fear of losing him issue, but just the thought of him even playing with toys with another female, touching, or anything else, brings me to a boil, and it doesn’t seem very fair for me to get all the pleasure and for him to get nothing. I want it to be fair. Please help with these crazy jealous feelings! & I want to try this lifestyle, but I want to make sure I am ready, and I know I’m not completely right now, but I want to fix this… please help! Thanks!

Mary

A. Hi Mary,

Your problem is a common one, where one party in a couple is completely okay with the whole “swinging thing” and the other WANTS to be, but isn’t.

I may be over-reading, but my concerns stem from some of your language, particularly “brings me to a boil.” That sounds pretty serious. Were you just being colorful, or does the thought of him doing anything with another woman REALLY make you intensely jealous? To me, that level of intensity on an emotion means that it will be very hard to overcome. (Not impossible, of course, just very difficult.)

Your husband may also be fine with un-evenness in the open relationship now, letting you be with another man, enjoying the cuckolding fetish perhaps. He may never need anything more than this. Your letter doesn’t specify if being with another woman is something that he indeed wants.

The bottom line is there’s a large disparity between your willingness to dabble in the lifestyle, and because of that I would suggest you’re not quite ready for it. I’d recommend starting with a lot of roleplaying, specifically roleplaying with situations that you’re slightly uncomfortable with. Have your husband call you and tell you about an imaginary date with another woman, and how amazing it was, and how that sex made him realize how awesome sex with you is.

You need to be very careful with jealousy, and how large a role it CAN play in your lives. It’s the kind of thing that can quickly go nuclear in very unexpected fashions.

All the above said. It’s very possible that your husband would be perfectly fine with the situation of you being with other men, and him not being with other women. It’s also possible that when you find yourself in the right situation, you will also be completely fine with him with another woman.

But tread very lightly, it’s all dangerous ground! Good luck.

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Cooper S. Beckett is a relationship coach specializing in non-monogamy, author of  My Life on the Swingset: Adventures in Swinging & Polyamory & A Life Less Monogamous, and the co-founder of Life on the Swingset & host of its swinging & polyamory podcast. He speaks and teaches classes on pegging, swinging, polyamory, play parties, and non-monogamy. He is a graphic & web designer, photographer, and voice over artist, has been a guest expert on Dan Savage’s Savage Lovecast, & is the announcer of Tristan Taormino's radio show Sex Out Loud. He is currently working on his next novel: Approaching The Swingularity.