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The Experiment

In this experiment, I will be tracking the results of going an entire years without pursuing or engaging in sex, sexual activity or any type of romantic relationship.

START DATE: July 29, 2013 - 12:00am
END DATE: July 28, 2014 - 11:59pm

Please note, this is not any of the following:
- re-virginization
- a vow of chastity (for the sake of being chaste)
- a vow of abstinence (I have every intention of having sex again as soon as this year is up)
- born-again religious undertaking
- lack of options

I am doing this as a conscious choice to reset my perspective on sex and relationships.  Think of it as "relationship detox" - or "life detox" to be more precise.  After a few very rocky years, I've finally got life back on track and I'm able to reflect and deal with feelings and emotions that I haven't had the time or energy to focus on in the past.  In this year, I'm hoping to redirect the energy previously used in seeking a romantic partner to self-development and personal growth... we'll see how that goes.

During this year, I will not engage in any type of sexual activity.  My rule of thumb is that if you wouldn't do it with a family member (in the more traditional sense - I know some families have flexible rules about these things) or a close platonic friend (again, traditionally).

What does that mean?
- snuggles
- hugs
- cuddling

But no:
- caressing of private parts
- kissing
- sexual activity (as should be implied by the name of this blog)

Yes, I've been told that this will likely lead to some very frustrated men; but that is assuming it will happen with men that are interested in dating me.  I have every intention of being upfront and straightforward with any person who would normally be a potential sexual partner.  We don't need to put ourselves in a situation where we cuddle or snuggle.  I do understand how that can be frustrating, but if they choose to, they go in knowing that is the extent of what will happen.

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