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Ask Amy: A woman wants partner’s permission to roam

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I am a woman in a sexless relationship, which is also lacking in affection. We’ve been together off and on (mostly on) for 25 years.

Our relationship is just sharing a home which he owns, and I pay half of the expenses.

We can have a decent home this way, as housing is so expensive.

We are both recently retired.

I have spent the last 11 years trying to get him to be intimate again, and he will not. He says it’s his ED and COPD. He has literally no desire to give or receive any affection, except for an occasional hug and a peck on the cheek.

I’ve given up and have a lot of anger over it.


Well, I met a guy in Vegas in 2009 and had the best sex ever. We have remained in touch.

He’s on the East Coast and I’m in the Southwest.

The man I live with has also never wanted to get married and, now, neither do I.

I like being my own boss.


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