How To Prevent These Marital MiseriesWhen I look back and review the many posts here, it seems clear that we are missing something in the planning stages of a relationship. What can we do right from the beginnings, before we marry and promise ourselves to each other, to prevent such lonely miseries?
Maybe our pastors really need to emphasize the sexual obligations we have to each other; not just monogamy but actually loving, cherishing and sexually giving the other person the careful lovemaking that will keep her/him happily monogamous. Maybe we must define monogamy and remove the mistaken assumption that monogamy must equate to celibacy when one's partner unilaterally decides to deny sexual relations. This is heinously cruel.
Why not discuss beforehand what you need if, after you promise to forsake all others and spare and save your affection for your spouse, you are rejected by your spouse. What can your future spouse offer if, once married, despite his/her promises of love, your spouse refuses you, your physical attentions, then what?
Cheating seems like a two way street when it follows a sexless marriage. How can any person insist upon monogamy while expecting celibacy. They replace the terms of their promise; even though they swore to love fully, be each other's source for all sexual bliss and joy and satisfaction they are not and will not. The rejected spouse is cheated by the partner who refuses her/him in the bedroom. This refusal constitutes a breach of contract, a breaking of a promise, a cheating or callous disregard of one's original pledge to be the one who will supply and nourish the other's physical, intimate, sexual needs.
So perhaps we must educate other engaged newly bonding couples and help them draft a coupling plan that will address what they will need or agree to should one or the other be unable, unwilling, unenthusiastic about conjugal matters. Why not write down and discuss the host of what if's and collaborate the best course of action. If the two have a plan in place BEFORE the wedding, before the engagement, before moving in together, then both have more equal footing and bargaining power so they might go into the union honestly and with an agreed upon plan.
Some issues to include:
Should ___________become ill and the illness affects the sexual desire, physical capacity and the like then we will agree to the following plan__________
Should ______________become interested in someone else he/she will address this honestly with his/her partner as knowledge, while painful, empowers the partner to make decisions and and the two to fairly work this out with one another equitably.
____________ has a sex drive that requires conjugal visits ____________times a week. _______. Should this drive increase to/decrease to _______________ then each person will make the following changes __________________in order to mutually meet each other's sexual needs.
I just believe we must address our sexual and relational issues openly if we are to move past these sad severed sexless marriages.