Is sex a must in a relationship? Can a relationship last if there's no sex?


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  • I think there are many different ways a relationship can last even if sex is not involved. The relationship should be based on mutual love, respect, and commitment, not just sex.

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  • umm..
    There are plenty of relationships that exist without sex between the two individuals. Which are supposedly all happy and 'wholesome' (ie. relationships in which sex is saved for after marriage).
    BUT- I mean, what's the driving force behind relationships like that? What's the reward going to be when they make it to the pre-decided checkpoint they're working towards.

    Sex. Sex that's desired only with a virgin bride.

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    • Lmao you've got a pretty fucked up view of relationships if you think the only reason people are together is for the sex.

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    • @cipher42 lol you guys are all so comically delusional.

    • @soleil2666 no, he doesn't have sex with other women. Because romantic attraction is enough for him, because sex is not the be all end all of relationships.

  • It depends on the attitude the two have towards sex. If they are two asexuals, the lack of sex is for given and they probably are really glad they found the other. Also a pairing with one low sex drive and one asexual might work, if masturbation wasn't out of bounds. But with two people how have an average sex drive or higher, it usually turns out to be a problem, if there's no sex.

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  • I'm sure it would work for some people, but I personally couldn't have a relationship like that. Sex is really important to me, and if it was bad, or worse, completely absent, the relationship would fail sooner or later.

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  • There's plenty of relationships that exist [happily] with minimal sexual encounters. Seems to me that those that are most concerned about it are the newer generations. The older ones not so much. I actually think having sex all the time devalues the emotional connection and eventually will become boring for one or both parties.

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  • I guess it could last without sex, but why would you want it to.

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  • Sex isn't a must in all relationships, but it is important to some. The best thing is to find someone with a similar or compatiable outlook on sex and relationships as you.

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  • For a romantic relationship, I believe there needs to be intimacy. Whether or not that intimacy includes penetration, is between the couples. Whatever works for them.

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  • We had to go around 7 months without sex because of complications before and after the birth of our first baby, it was a very stressful time.

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  • Of course sex is important, but if you can't have sex they should not make you relationship any less important. All that matters is love.

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  • It can. It's very difficult, but I know couples where one person is ill, or has some kind of severe sexual hangup, or they're simply working opposite shifts and never sleep at the same time.

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  • For people with mild sex drives, little sex can work in a relationship. But for couples where one wants/needs a lot of sex or both do, it won't be long before things get frustrating.

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  • Yes, they can and do last. There are lots of people out there, and lots of different things that work. I've seen couples I found it hard to believe that it could work, but it did. There are couples who have no physical contact at all, and it still works.

    Some couples get together and marry strictly for companionship and company. That's especially true of elder couples who are widowed. It can work for anyone though.

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  • With rare exceptions, sexual intimacy is a must for men. Intercouse can be delayed insofar and hand and/or oral sex is substituted. A man's exclusivity, and longevity are validated hy her giving him an orgasm in some manner. Denying that encourages side relationships to fill the gap.

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  • In response to Kayla's argument: The reward is the knowledge that you have the grounds for a stable family, one children will instinctively know is a "right" arrangement, without having to distress themselves to make excuses for the adults' behavior. You'll gain numerous legal benefits to being your own unit too. And it's spiritually healthy. No more fighting with yourself over right or wrong if you and your spouse both want sex. Just go for it.

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  • No, it will not last. Even for those waiting till marriage the end understanding is there will be sex later. Sex matters and the nature of male/female communication is primarily sexual. Remove the sexual component and there is no relationship, in the context that we are speaking.

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  • Sex is not a must; sex is amazing for spicing up the bedroom and a relationship though. A relationship can last but, most likely not. Guys tend to have a demanding need for sex and if that need is not fulfilled, they will search for someone who will.

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  • Like anything else, if both partners are perfectly happy without sex, who are the rest of us to judge? The problem arises when one or both are not satisfied with the lack of a sex life.

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  • If two asexuals date each other then it's possible. Otherwise I don't know what kind of relationship that would be...

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  • yes its a must in a relationship, even tho there are far more important things in a relationship than just sex, but still, sex is a important part in a relationship

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  • I don't think so but most people think it is. Like they could never have a relationship without sex. It's disgusting

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