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These were not people I would befriend in any other circumstances nor would want friends and anybody that cared anything about me to ever meet. But using sex or the promise of it to determine a date’s “success” or whether this is someone that would make a great partner or friend isn’t the best use of anyone’s time.When I challenged myself at 31 to get to know someone without a clue as to what he looked like and did not allow or encourage sexual nonsense to cloud my judgement, I produced some very different life altering results.My mother told me in a conversation once what she dreamed and or thought about when the subject of marriage came up : Nothing She told me that she put no thought into what type of marriage she could have or the purpose of being in a relationship. One person constantly took while another (usually the female) constantly gave.My grandmother believed and still practices the time honored tradition of unrelenting self sacrifice and over concern for people far too old to need it. I took this attitude into my adult life and allowed it to determine my dating patterns.Or…for , join as a Bronze Member and support our mission.Please note: If you are already a writer/contributor at The Good Men Project, log in here before registering.When you are a gay man in your twenties, dating can be an all-around horrible experience.
If our role models and what is presented as possible is limited and tainted how can we expect to build anything of lasting value and worth?Even when pop culture attempts to create gay male relationships there is rarely love-based discussions and grappling with choices that determine the fate of all involved parties.There is plenty of sex and upset but the complexity of what men being with men looks like often goes unseen and unexamined.But I've learned that those romantic conventions don't work when you are trying to date a queer person.The dynamic of two men being together IS DIFFERENT.Here's what they had to say: "Growing up, I loved romantic comedies that depicted the happy endings of straight couples.So when I started dating, I viewed what I wanted from those examples.Like many gay men, I decided if the person was relationship material based on sexual chemistry or whether he was “good” and I was satisfied.Having a great roll in the hay tells you very little about the person.This one scene sums up the reality of most gay male coupling: we understand the mechanics of sex and yet are all thumbs when it comes to psychological and emotional commitment and understanding.As a group who still remains largely defined by what we engage in sexually, it is difficult to resist the siren call of the mainstream and our subculture that says we don’t require tools for building and maintaining relationships and our relationships lack complexity and therefore should not be taken seriously.