Moral Compass different. Can the marriage be saved?
We came to a compromise that he wouldn't download or search for porn (the obvious XXX porn websites etc) but he thinks anything else that may have or be about nudity is ok. My friend thinks he shouldn't even be searching or looking for things with explicit nudity in them or are of a sexual nature. For my husband, he thinks any nudity is ok to look at but is happy to draw the line at actual pornographic websites but still wants to be part of social media groups or watch TV shows or movies that have nudity in them, as he says he enjoys it. He thinks a person should be allowed to see anything and it not affect their marriage and he has no issues with what she sees or does, as long as they are faithful physically and emotionally. He believes I am just a jealous, insecure and conservative woman who wants to control everything he sees. He thinks it's ok to be turned on visually, as long as you don't cheat or neglect your wife sexually. He tells me he loves me and only me.
Sex quantity isn't a problem as we have sex regularly. We have separated over this whole issue but are still seeing a counselor to see if it can be saved. I am a Christian, whereas he is not. While we both are reasonable people and respect each others beliefs we have a mismatched moral compass here. With 4 kids and 30 years of marriage, is there any way to save this marriage?
Can the marriage be saved?
Probably not, unless one or both of you accept a compromise. Your husband has agreed to stop watching porn but wants to watch TV Shows etc that may contain nudity. It sounds like he is meeting you half way or have I misread the circumstances?
Usually in these “porn addiction “ cases, the marriage is suffering in other areas but your situation is unusual in that everything else seems to be fine.
You are obviously taking this very seriously for you to separate after thirty years of marriage. Ultimately, it seems that you are being forced to choose between your religious convictions and your marriage. Do you love your husband? I’m assuming your children are adults and not living at home. Is your husband satisfied with the separation? Is he or you prepared to lose the marriage on this issue?
If the answer to the final question is YES, I don’t have any suggestions I can make except to offer you my best wishes for you both and hope the counsellor can throw some positive light your way.
I’m sorry to hear that this is bringing you so much misery...Like you I don’t love porn in a relationship either, I classify it as a form of cheating, and find it disrespectful to your partner to look at other naked women with desire. You mentioned that you have been with your partner for over 30 years? Has this always been an issue in your relationship? Or has it just gotten to the point where enough is enough? I only ask because I’m wondering if he hid it from you for most of those years, suggesting that he may have some awareness that it’s not as ok as he is now making out.
For me, I think that a fundamental part of any relationship is listening to the other person and not doing anything that would make them uncomfortable or hurt. And this clearly hurts you..it’s not really his place to deny your feelings on that. However the murkiness comes in with sexual desires as that’s not a particularly easy thing to suppress either. Perhaps a sex therapist or relationship counsellor could assist here? Alternatively, maybe you can come to some agreement where he views photos of you in these instances? I do think he needs to start listening to you on this. However, I also assume that he may not find it so easy to give up or may be unwilling to. I suspect that it can become a sort of addiction or habit for some men.