Happy Husbands Come From Wives Who Put Out

Posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2011

369263 small 163x246 Happy Husbands Come From Wives Who Put Out photoWhat?!

I didn't just write that in the headline, did I?

Do happy husbands come from wives who put out?

"Whoa, Nellie." I can feel the glares, especially from some of you wives reading this. But please don't board the "I'm so offended" train just yet.

I do have a point.  I always have a point when it comes to writing about sex.  That's my thing, you know.

Do happy husbands come from wives who put out?

It may be a brilliant headline with clever play on words.  But even I will admit that I offer it up tongue in cheek. It may catch your attention (and possibly even the initial agreement of some sex-starved husbands), but make no mistake, such a statement is just packaging to something much more intricate.

Marriage is complex.

If life were a zoo, the marriage "habitat" would be large and bewildering.  It would consume nearly all of the zoo's resources and have dozens of "zookeepers" milling around, doling out boatloads of advice on how to best run the exhibit.

Those who actually live within it would indeed feel lost at times. Maybe even annoyed and discouraged with the terrain.

I know full well, as do many of you, that what makes for a "happy husband" or a "happy wife"  can't be reduced to simply having sex.

Anyone who is passionate about helping couples in their intimacy, including me, knows that when it comes right down to it, nurtured intimacy takes effort.

A lot of effort.

Every day I hear from husbands and wives navigating with their own individual sense of what "effort" even means.  And usually when there is discord, we are quick to notice the lack of effort on our spouse's part.

Do happy husbands come from wives who put out?

I know husbands who are hungry for more sex.  But if asked, nearly all would admit they don't just want the availability of their wife's body, but the full attention of her heart and soul at the same time.

Obligatory sex -- especially on a regular basis -- is not quite the real deal, no matter the lengths to which we go to convince ourselves otherwise.

There is a bit of irony in it all -- how a husband can end up feeling diminished after having sex with his wife who communicated (verbally or non-verbally) her disdain for such activity.  She did it.  But she didn't really show up, if you know what I mean.

Even more ironic in such an encounter is that simultaneously she also may be feeling cheapened. She may assume all he really wants her for is her body, not her heart and mind.

When such a pattern replicates itself on a regular basis in a marriage, we are left with two people who go through the motions of sex, but both end up feeling worse than they did before the clothes were coming off.

To be fair, I also hear from wives who are longing for more sex from a physical standpoint. They want to feel the body of their husband, who unfortunately is reluctant or outright unavailable sexually. (I know... for some of you husbands reading this, you find it unthinkable that there are actually husbands out there who don't want to have sex, but trust me, there are.)

More often than not, such wives who are longing for the physical touch would be quick to point out that their deeper desire is for the nakedness of their husband's emotions as well. They don't just want him for his body.

See what  I mean.  Complex.

Before you assume I'm trying to over-complicate sexual intimacy in marriage, that's not my heart's motive at all. It's just that my radar is quick to discern careless attempts to reduce all sexual struggles down to a frequency issue.

"If we were just having more sex, then sex wouldn't be such an issue in our marriage."

Really?

Quantity is a poor substitute for quality.  Quantity plays a role, but it is a supporting role, not the leading role.

Do happy husbands come from wives who put out?

In my humble opinion, happy husbands -- and happy wives -- come from marriage where the hard work of nurtured intimacy (sexual and otherwise) is a foundational tenet. Not because we all want more hard work in our lives, but because hard work leads to profound richness.

When there is a sexual void and/or betrayal within a marriage -- when it is a point of contention and heartache, regardless of the circumstances -- it becomes a noticeable thorn and fracture within what is supposed to be the most sacred of human relationships.

On the other hand, when there is sexual oneness within a marriage -- when a couple is paying close attention to their intimacy  -- it becomes a noticeable salve and bonding agent that even the Enemy himself cannot breach.

Some people may try to say that "sex doesn't matter" or "is no big deal," but everything within us tells us otherwise -- at least if we grasp marriage in the way God designed it.  Sex does matter. There is reward in raw vulnerability that draws us closer, even though such vulnerability carries with it huge emotional risk.

Do happy husbands come from wives who put out?

If any part of that statement is true, I guarantee it's not simply because of frequency.

Copyright 2011, Julie Sibert. Intimacy in Marriage Blog.

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15 Responses to
“Happy Husbands Come From Wives Who Put Out”

  • J (Hot, Holy & Humorous) says: October 13th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I would answer a wholehearted YES to your question, but I might reword it as "Happy husbands come from wives who put (themselves) out (there into the sexual act, fully)." Fine, it's not as catchy. But putting out is more than the delivery of fleshy goods; it's about putting yourself into the intimate act of marriage, being not merely available but vulnerable, giving yourself fully to your spouse - including sexually. By the way, plenty of wives would be much happier with a husband who puts out as well - as in, putting himself fully into the act through romance, words, affection, and tenderness in sexuality. Love this post, Julie!

  • Kate @One Flesh Marriage says: October 13th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    AWESOME!!!! So well said Julie! You have an amazing way of putting into words, what is on the heart of so many of our readers out there! Simply, amazing post! :)

  • JulieSibert says: October 13th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you Mrs. Hot Holy Humorous and Kate for your comments! I appreciate your willingness to stop by and comment.

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  • Bob says: October 14th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    A powerful lesson I've learned recently is that sexual intimacy is only one facet of the larger area of marital intimacy. It can be really easy for husbands to get caught up in thinking that physical sexual intimacy is all that's needed from a marital intimacy standpoint because, for us, sex plays a MAJOR role in how intimate we feel about our marriage and toward our spouse. I know I fell into the trap of thinking that if we were having sex things must be peachy on my wife's side of the marriage too. Over the course of many years the Lord was finally able to penetrate my thick skull and show me how much larger (and mutually satisfying) marital intimacy is. Sexual intimacy inside of great marital intimacy is simply the best sex ever.

    Husbands must stop and make sure their wives are getting what they need from us. It's not the same thing we need from them and it doesn't come naturally for us to think about those things. People tend to do for others what they want done for them. It takes effort to discover how someone wants to be treated, loved, approached, and generally learn how that other person wants to receive things and WHAT they want to receive.

    I and my wife are standing at the door of a "take-two" moment in our marriage and have only taken a step or two through it so far. Lots of discussions and mostly me learning what I've been leaving out of the intimacy equation all these years, but, with God's help I know we are on the same page and ready to flip through the pages together...each making sure we are giving what the other wants and needs as we go...before flipping to the next page.

    No spouse left behind! :)

  • Amber says: October 14th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I wholeheartedly agree with both sides of your points! Our intimate life had years of desert images, going months without. We were both contributing to a horrible problem of miscommunication. On one hand, we would have sex, but it was, for 17 years, on the level of "quickie", dh not knowing where to put his hands and body, and feeling like he just needed to "get going" (I believe that he thought the act of intercourse was all it took for me, we're sifting through this right now to ensure proper information!). On my end, I wasn't in any mood for it, didn't get much emotional intimacy during the day (my dh just did realize what I needed, and I did not inform him until recently!), so I was ready for it to be quick so I could just go to (or back to!) sleep.

    Communication of skills is key! I like the zoo analogy. It's confusing, and here, my dh did not know what to do and had no road map! And I, assuming that "all guys know what to do automatically, thought he just didn't care if I was satisfied or not! What a sad way to go through 17 years of marriage!

    We are on track now, I wish we had those years back, but all we can do not is make up for lost time!

    Thank you for your efforts and dedication on these subjects!

  • JulieSibert says: October 14th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Thank you so much Bob and Amber... I really appreciate both of your comments. Such encouragement to hear from readers like you!!

  • arguy says: October 18th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Being a husband of 25 years, I know I am the happiest when the wife and I are doing great sexually. I am sure it is a little of both mental and physcial needs being met. But when she is just not in the mood etc. for days on end, I get pretty unhappy. "Obligatory sex — especially on a regular basis — is not quite the real deal", we had that kind of sex for several years actually and I was getting pretty tired of it. Things are better now though.

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  • Evan says: January 10th, 2012 at 12:30 am

    That is absolutely the truth. And your explanation, that it takes more than physically being there, is absolutely true, too! But don't let that diminish the title, because if a wife is not putting out at all, there certainly can't be any quality. There has to be SOMETHING, in order for there to be quality.

  • Simone says: March 30th, 2012 at 2:27 am

    I have read a few of your posts and they line up with exactly what my husband has told me about so many sexual issues. Thank you for these posts, they seem to be right on spot for the majority of men.

  • Cape Cod Paulie says: October 14th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Absolute rubbish. Look, the #1 need husbands require from their wives is regular sex and intimacy. This need is consistent throughout marraige until the very late stages of life ... where the husband's #1 need shifts to his wife being his care-taker till his death.

    Wives #1 needs change over the course of marraige. From sex/intamcy (pre-children) to provider (during family life) to whatever....

    The point is wives get complacent. They get lazy. They become selfish. They want thier husbands to do a bunch of things for them and use sex as a weapon or negotiating tool.

    Foreign women see this and are amazed that American women portray themselves as victims of marraige. Incredible.

    And, women wonder why men go outside the marraige for sex. Dah!

    When a man is being cheated out of the very basic tenant of marraige (sex), who is cheating whomn?

  • D says: October 15th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    As a husband of nearly 40 years may I say that if my wife does not have an orgasm then I have one merely because my wife asks me to. I get nothing more than physical release from it. Too often we talk about "having sex". It only works when couples actually "make love" which is far more. This involves both being intent on meeting the other's need. The husband must arouse his wife to orgasm, he can then enjoy his own orgasm in the full knowledge that his wife has been satisfied. Recently we made love and she had the most intense orgasm of her life, my response was equally intense. I was walking on air all the next day. God intends for the sexual union of husband and wife to be the most intimate and rewarding experience for both people. There is no feeling to compare with it.

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