Post # 1
I’ve heard people say a lot that you shouldn’t talk about your past relationships or sexual experiences with your partner.
I understand that you shouldn’t do this right away, and it shouldn’t be in graphic detail without reason, and definitely that it shouldn’t be with the intention of hurting or shaming your partner, but besides those obvious reaons, why is this the case?
I’m genuinely of the opinion that if you’re at a committed stage, your partner should be able to accept all of you, including your previous relationships and sexy time experiences.
Is there a reason I’m missing? I’m honestly interested to hear opinions!
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2013 - Garden
I honestly have no idea, IMO there shouldn’t be “rules” for relationships. Everyone is different and you should just do what works for your relationship. Darling Husband and I have been open and honest about everything since day 1. We’ve been together for 4.5 years so I don’t think it’s an issue. If we want to share something, we do.
Post # 3
Yeah I don’t get it either, ultimately I think partners should be open and honest with each other about everything, including their past. Not very early in the relationship but once it has become more serious, committed or intimate. But it all depends on the relationship and the individuals involved and what they agree is best for their relationship.
Post # 4
Jacqui90: Daffadowndilly: Right? I’m about communication being key and doing what works best for your relationship (which for me is always just flat out honesty, take it or leave it)
I’ve seen it in real life and on the boards, though, where someone says something about their past relationships to their partner, who promptly flips out and leaves them or threatens to, and bystanders are just like “oooh! This is why you treat it like the One Ring and ‘keep it secret, keep it safe’!”
Post # 6
My Fiance knows all about my past and I know what I wanted to ask of his. Never understood that whole “not talking about it” thing. I think it’s just jealousy in most cases.
Post # 7
I am all for getting to know a SO with all that shaped and formed him into the person he is today. The facts of a past relationship, including why it ended, whether they lived together, what she did, how they met, whether they travelled etc. OK, fine. But to go into really intimate or graphic detail is unnecessary and potentially hurtful. I don’t know why anyone with any tact or common sense would find it necessary to do that.
Post # 8
Fi and i know pretty much everything in each others pasts, lots of it shameful and things we regret. We have talked about all the nitty gritties and luckily arent jelous of each others eventful pasts, but i think that has more to do with the fact that we have similar backgrounds and life paths and can see where the other one os coming from. I think people on the bee try to say that if hearing things about the past may hurt you, then dont ask, because you have no right to get mad if it was before your time.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF
Honestly, I don’t like thinking about my Fiance in romantic situations with anyone but me so it’s a topic that we just avoid. Right or wrong, I always end up with my feelings hurt or feeling jealous. I can’t help it, he knows I can’t help it, so to avoid any misunderstandings, we jokingly refer to each other as one another’s “firsts” and leave it at that. I simply see no reason to share the sordid details of our past experiences with one another. I can accept that things have happened, sure, and I don’t think any less of my Fiance for anything that he’s done but that doesn’t mean I want to actively know about anything that doesn’t involve me.
Post # 10
Mattyfeets: In my opinion it’s okay to describe things and events that were good/bad whatever. Or things that someone did that you’d love your SO to try. I do believe it’s innapropriate to ask or bring up the exact number of your past relations. I wouldn’t ask and it’s a deal breaker if he does. Your past is just that, your past. It got you to where and who you are now, doesn’t need to be hashed out in every ugly detail. If my partner asked if I had done whatever activity before then that’s fair game, I’m not going to lie. But if they judge me or feel the need to rehash every detail, again deal breaker.
Post # 11
Mattyfeets: We’ve discussed our serious relationships of the past. I lived with an ex and he did too, so we know about that and the general details. We also have discussed other prior relationships as they’ve come up in relation to whatever conversation we are having. We know eachother’s numbers, but other than that we don’t discuss our sex lives prior to us meeting, at least not in specific terms. He has a much more extensive past than me (I was in one very long term relationship for the majority of my adult life so far) and I don’t need to know about everything he’s done with other girls.
I don’t think there is any problem with honesty if both partners are ok with it, but I don’t think there is any need to go into excruciating detail. Fiance and I have kind of let it happen organically, as previous experiences and relationships have come up in conversation. We didn’t sit down and discuss it specifically. If someone finds out something about your past and judges you for it and can’t handle it, like in previous posts on this board, then they are probably not meant for you.
Post # 12
Mattyfeets: I have been with my Fiance for 4 years now and we pretty much know every detail about eachother’s pasts relationships. That being said, I am sure there are things he has not told me for whatever reason, and vice versa. Not because we are hiding them, but because it would be pointless to tell the other person and might make them jealous or feed insecurities. (Like, if he thought “Sarah” were better in bed, he would never actually tell me that). But, I know exactly why he broke up with who and how that relationship went. I know exactly how many girls he’s been with and done what, who he thought was the most attractive, who he thinks is bat shit crazy and why. Most of it just comes up in conversation, not that I probe. He knows the same details about mine.
Through these conversations, which mostly happened early on, we know better about what eachother wants and needs, and what doomed our past relationships. Some details actually make me feel MORE secure because I know that all his/my past relationships failed for reasons ours obviously hasn’t.
I think it depends on the people, though. Some people are extremely insecure and would FREAK if they thought their SO still thought one of their ex’s were pretty, etc. In some relationships, some unharmful secrets are just best kept for yourself.
Post # 13
I’ll give a real life example. A Boyfriend or Best Friend and Girlfriend went out for a day at the beach. Boyfriend or Best Friend says, wow,this place holds a lot of memories for me! Ex and I used to do it here all the time.
The need to share every unfiltered thought that went through his brain was one of many reasons they broke up.
Post # 14
weddingmaven: I will say, I have been in that situation. I call it “repeats”. Early on, my Fiance used to tell me things like that (although not quite that blunt) and learned I got extremely jealous. I used to refuse to do things he and his ex’s had already done. Sometimes he didn’t have to tell me, because I already knew (we were friends first) or because I could just tell. Now we both joke about something being a repeat, but I am so secure in our relationship (which has matured over 4 years…) knowing that their’s failed, mine didn’t.
But I can see how at the beginning that would have drove me away if he didn’t learn to know when it was appropriate and when it wasn’t.
Post # 15
As many of you have already learned, this is one (apparently serious) part of relationships where I just don’t have an intuitive sense of the boundaries. Obviously my utter lack of any kind of experience in relationships in comparison to the typical person (which I’m not) contributes to the way I am. I’ve always felt that an established couple who has a secure relationship, where they feel more connected to each other than to anyone else, would naturally share all the nitty gritties with each other over the course of their being together. I can see where it would be unnecessary in the beginning of a relationship, but it seems like it would be inevitable to eventually share about those things when you truly feel intimate with the person.
I was always surprised that my husband was surprised that I didn’t become jealous when he happened to bring up his past relationships or experiences. I was interested to know all about him and appreciated his sharing–and by “sharing” I’m not talking about comparing your SO to previous ones or talking about how great someone was in bed or something else insensitive. I’d obviously sometimes feel some carnal sense of jealousy when he told me some stuff, but that’s natural and the point isn’t to feel jealous but to learn about the person.
But most people seem to think sharing details is a matter of propriety and not intimacy. I personally don’t get it, but in my future relationships I just won’t go there.