alt.sex.column: I deserve a buzz

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Dear Andrea:

How is it humanly possible that I, a 42 year old man, talented, accomplished, tall, and fit, cannot get laid to save his life? I have gone out on literally hundreds of dates, but nothing ever seems to go my way. I try not to act desperate, but women seem to smell it on me or something.

I have spent 12 years in therapy, tried whatever advice is thrown my way, but nothing seems to work. WTF?

Love,

42-Year-Old Etc.

Dear Etc:

Yikes. OK, you have legitimately got a problem. But do try to remember that while it may seem reasonable to feel that the universe owes you a boinking, any individual female owes you nothing of the kind. Forget this at your peril.

I won't tell you that there is someone out there for you, although there may be. I will tell you, though, that it appears that the problem is not them, it's you. Really, I am sorry. But a record like yours, well, I suppose it is technically possible that you are suffering the world's most protracted streak of bad luck, scoring-wise, but it is simply not very likely.

I wonder what it is about all those dates that is "not going your way." You do know you have to actually do something, right? Just waiting for things to go your way is a good way to end up a 42-year-old virgin.

Still, 42 is way old to still be a virgin, so I suggest quitting that. Seriously. Hire a pro or run a Craig's List ad, looking not for luv and certainly not for anything as apocryphal as a soul-mate, but for some floozy who thinks the idea of contributing to the delinquency of a major sounds like hot dirty fun. In other words, just do it. Getting past the virginity element will dispel the stink of desperation (along with the fear of having to make an embarrassing confession), which ought to take some of the pressure off the next date.

Also, since I cannot see you or smell you or hear you laugh, you need some data I cannot provide. Do you know any women? Do you have female friends? Could you ask them if you seem, well, doable? Like if she weren't married or not into men or whatever, could she imagine hooking up with you? If not, why not, and is there anything you can do about it?

At this point I'm assuming that you are stuck in a cycle of defeat and despair and that your dates can, in fact, smell it on you. But on the off chance that there is something else, some mannerism or failure of personal hygiene at work here, you really need to find out more about how people are perceiving you. You may not believe me, but it isn't too late. Get yourself a nice, expensive escort and at least get some practice. She may even have some pointers — if there's anyone who knows a helluva lot about what makes a man sexually unappealing, it will be her.

Love,

Andrea

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