Have you been with someone for a long time, but are still afraid to fart in front of them?
If you’re comfortable enough to fart in front of your boyfriend, there’s truly nothing you can’t do in front of him.
Every relationship comes with its fair share of milestones. There’s the first date, the first kiss, the first time having sex- all of which may or may not occur on the same night depending on how fast you tend to move.
However, all of those miles pale in comparison to the one that defines a relationship like nothing else: the first time you fart in front of your partner. It might not seem like much, but there’s nothing that takes things to the next level like audibly passing gas in front of the person you’re dating.
It might be stupid, but farting is one of those perfectly natural things in life that many people go out of their way to conceal at all costs. Doing it in front of your partner implies you’ve reached an unparalleled level of trust. However, that’s not the only reason it can result in a long-lasting relationship…
The average person farts more than 10 times a day, so if you’re in a relationship, there’s a pretty good chance you or your partner is going to be a victim at some point. Multiple experts have weighed in on the topic, and almost all of them have come to the same conclusion: farting in front of your partner is a sign of a healthy relationship.
Clinical therapist Dr. Robert Huizenga chimed in on the topic, saying “Farting in front of your significant other means you feel free to move beyond your roles. You may even find yourselves discussing family roles and expectations that you bring to each other.” That seems like a bit of a jump, but hey, he’s the expert.
Huizenga continued, saying “You feel free to be ‘human’ with each other. No secrets. You can test the boundaries and even be playful about it.” He pointed to the scene from “Good Will Hunting” when Robin Williams’ character jokes about his wife’s farts as a sign of the healthiness of their relationship.
Emily Yoffe, who writes an advice column called Dear Prudence, possesses a similar viewpoint. A reader wrote in to ask for her advice after the man she was dating- who was lactose intolerant- farted while they were driving. She said that his inability to hold in a fart showed that he didn’t care about her, as she said she would go out of her way to hold it in for him. Yoffe quickly put her in her place.
“You have so come to the wrong place for endorsement of your philosophy. I am of the school that he was showing you he was comfortable enough with you to let one rip,” she wrote. “It’s good he apologized, but it’s too bad you didn’t laugh hysterically and say, ‘Nice one!’” Talk about a missed opportunity. It turns out a shocking number of people feel a similar way.
One survey said that 29 percent of people had farted in front of their partner by the time they’d been dating for six months. 25 percent said that they’d waited until between then and their first anniversary to let one rip, and a shocking nine percent of people went a full year before they did. However, seven percent of people say they will never fart in front of their partner. We wish them the best of luck.
Farting is as natural as laughing, crying, or eating. Why hold it in?