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What are the rules?

(67 Posts)
muchtooshy Thu 30-Jan-14 18:33:49

About how long it is between meeting someone and it getting physical?

I am kinda inexperienced so I have no clue and I don't know what men expect!

Custardo Thu 30-Jan-14 18:34:33

what rules say I! do what you like, as long as two consenting adults are involved

Diagonally Thu 30-Jan-14 18:51:31

I'd reframe that as what would you like, and what do you expect?

Do you want to date someone who takes things slowly, and wants to get to know you well over a few weeks first, or might you want to get down to it on the first date if you click? Or maybe you want a couple of icebreaker dates to assess compatibility, and then if all going well you'd want something physical to happen quite soon?

None of these is right or wrong, it's just you need to be sure of your own wants, expectations and boundaries before you date.

Then you can reject people who don't want to take the same approach as you.

muchtooshy Thu 30-Jan-14 18:53:52

I have met someone but he is a bit older and more experienced and I don't know what the typical wait is - like number of dates or time scale or whatever.

So a few weeks would be taking it slow?

Twinklestein Thu 30-Jan-14 19:00:23

There are no rules. And you can't run your love life around what men 'expect'.

Proceed at your own pace and get physical when it feels right.

GinSoakedBitchyPony Thu 30-Jan-14 19:01:03

There are no rules. It doesn't matter what he 'expects'.
All that matters is that you wait until you're ready.

Hedgehead Thu 30-Jan-14 19:03:32

I agree there are no rules, but I waited about a month with my exP and my DH

It doesn't matter, honestly.

The only rule is that you don't go faster than you're comfortable with. If you want to do it tomorrow, do it tomorrow. If you want to wait a year then wait a year. It's entirely up to you and him.

Do not be pressurised into anything you are not comfortable with . If you wait weeks or months ,it's ok. If he is not happy with that, LTB.

handfulofcottonbuds Thu 30-Jan-14 19:09:59

Have you had your date yet? I haven't caught up with your thread.

No rules, just when you feel ready.

Diagonally Thu 30-Jan-14 19:11:22

When you say "waiting", do you mean you are actively using each date, conversation and e-mail to discover more about him and decide if you think he's right for you? If so, that's fine. You can take as long as you feel comfortable with smile

muchtooshy Thu 30-Jan-14 19:16:57

Date was last night. I am just inexperienced so if he said slow I would have no kinda idea of what he meant by that. I don't think he would pressurise me though.

handfulofcottonbuds Thu 30-Jan-14 19:19:05

How did it go? Sounds a success if you're asking your question.

Please remember, it is up to you and when you both feel comfortable and ready.

magoria Thu 30-Jan-14 19:20:07

The only rule is when you are ready.

If your date makes you feel pressured or you have to do stuff you are not ready for then your date is not respecting you, your boundaries or your decision.

If they do that ditch them and find one who does.

muchtooshy Thu 30-Jan-14 19:22:50

I think it went well. I kinda wanted him to kiss me but he didn't cos I think he figured that I do not have experience with men.

Then ask him if you want to. He might mean taking each stage as it comes and enjoying it for what it is.

There really is no rule book so just do whatever you feel is right. Unless he's said something specific which is worrying you?

NearTheWindmill Thu 30-Jan-14 19:23:46

How old are you?

Never be pressurised - it is the right time when it is right for you and if he thinks otherwise then he is not the right man for you.

muchtooshy Thu 30-Jan-14 19:28:32

26 so I shouldn't be this crap with men!! lol

My post was xposted - I meant ask him what slow means (or anything else) if he says something and you think "How long is a piece of string?!" I didn't mean ask him to kiss you. You could always kiss him! wink

handfulofcottonbuds Thu 30-Jan-14 19:35:47

Try not to focus on whether you are inexperienced with men or not. Just do what feels right.

Did the flirting tips help? I bet you smiled lots!

Glad it went well for you

Handful is right. In fact everyone is inexperienced when they first start seeing someone new. You are inexperienced with him, and he is inexperienced with you. Being good in bed is nothing to do with learned experience or skill, it's about being willing to listen, communicate, learn, share, explore with another person. Clean slate every time. He has to learn just like you do. Enjoy it smile

neiljames77 Thu 30-Jan-14 19:41:03

Oh, I know who it is now. smile

TawdryTatou Thu 30-Jan-14 19:44:12

I waited six months with stbxh.

And four and a half years with DP!

Worth the wait though. I guess what I'm trying to say is, wait until you're ready. If he likes you, he'll hang around smile

Lweji Thu 30-Jan-14 21:35:25

Did you feel inexperienced near him? Did he give you the I'm more experienced so you should follow my lead?
"I kinda wanted him to kiss me but he didn't cos I think he figured that I do not have experience with men."
hmm
I'm not sure I like the sound of him, TBH.

Why on earth not Lweji? I think a lot of men would be wary about kissing on a first date if they weren't getting very clear signals from their date.

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