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Pauline a retired mother-of-two who lives in Florida but grew up in New York, was married three times before having a passionate affair with a married man (stock image has no relation to Pauline)
A 98-year-old woman with a saucy sexual history has opened up about her experiences with sex and marriage; telling intimate tales of love and giving candid relationship advice.
Pauline, a retired mother-of-two who lives in Florida but grew up in New York, was married three times before having a passionate affair with a married man she simply calls her 'lover'.
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Her first husband whom she married in 1923 when she was just 17 years old is the father of her children. But the marriage didn't last long.
'The first time was right after I graduated from prep school. . . He wasn’t for me but I married him anyway. I didn’t know any better,' she said. 'I had my kids with him, so it was worth it.'
After their divorce, she was introduced to a man from Chattanooga, Tennessee, whom she married in 1941. 'He was the cheapest son of a b**** that ever lived. So I divorced him, too,' Pauline admitted, before adding: 'His ding-dong was very small. So he went for an operation and they made it bigger.'
Bill Simmons was her third and final husband, whom she married in 1959.
'He was quite a man, I’m telling you. He was terrific. Very bright. And he was mad about me. We had a wonderful time,' she recalled. 'But he died, and I haven’t been married since.'
Pauline explained that their marriage worked so well because they were 'sexually compatible'. He's had his orgasm. he's got to make sure she's had hers too
'That’s very important,' she said. 'If anyone tells you different, they’re nuts. And he was extravagant; he liked living the way I did. We used to dance, which I love to do. We used to drink, have a few cocktails.'
After her third marriage, Pauline did acquire a lover, however - the married father of her sister-in-law.
'[His wife] knew,' she admitted. 'But she couldn’t do anything about it. She was a nice lady, but she wasn’t a pretty lady. And she wasn’t an exciting lady. But they stayed married until he died. I’m sure he had many women in his life besides me.'
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Although she hoped that he would leave his wife for her, Pauline says she knew she could never marry him because her entire family would be dragged into the mess.
'My father, he used to say to me: “Are you happy?” And I’d say: “Yeah.” And he’d say: “Good, stay that way—it’s better than being unhappy.”'
Full of advice for young couples, Pauline says the secret to a happy marriage is a give-and-take during sex - but if the desire is gone, she advises divorce.
'First of all, a man mustn’t be selfish,' she explained. 'He’s had his orgasm, he’s got to make sure she’s had hers, too. That whole wham, bam, thank you, ma’am—that’s no good.
'But it’s very hard to spice things up after ten years. If you haven’t got that feeling, and he hasn’t got that feeling, get a divorce. It’s the only way. You’re better off alone. Because when you live with someone that doesn’t make you happy, it’s miserable. It’s worse than being alone.'
She also insists spouses must be on the same page to keep love alive.
'You have to have a lot in common to stay married,' she said. 'If he wants to go dancing and you don’t want to go, well, that’s okay occasionally, but don’t do it every night because you can be sure that he’ll find someone else to dance with.
'Even drinking. Some men like to go to a bar and have a few drinks. So they meet people at the bar. And before you know it, they’re involved a little bit. That’s the way it is. You need to do things together.'
And that includes golf - and bridge - in the later years.
'You have to give all of yourself to make the other person happy. But you have to make it so that you each want to give that much. Otherwise it’s no good. A woman, if her husband’s a golfer, she should learn to play golf. Otherwise, he’s on the golf course all the time.
'He should learn how to play [bridge] too. . . That’s part of living together—teaching each other things.'