An open relationship , also known as non-exclusive relationship , is an intimate relationship that is consensually non-monogamous. This term may sometimes refer to polyamory , but it is often used to signify a primary emotional and intimate relationship between two partners who agree to have sexual relationships with other people. The nature of the openness in the relationship, including what outside sexual contact is permissible, varies widely. Open relationships include any type of romantic relationship dating, marriage, etc. To a large degree, open relationships are a generalization of the concept of a relationship beyond monogamous relationships.
8 Questions People Ask Me When They Find Out I’m in an Open Relationship
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You may remember, a year ago, I wrote about being the girlfriend to a man in an open marriage. I dived in head first into a man and a lifestyle I knew nothing about. Did I drown? This year taught me so much. I learned that open relating, first and foremost, does not mean multiple partners. It means honest relating. I am a stronger, more aware person than I was before entering into this relationship.
I'm pretty sure monogamy was never for me. In fourth grade, I got in trouble with my boyfriend because he found out I had another boyfriend. Throughout high school and college, some of my relationships overlapped, and some were purely dishonest. But society told me I had to be with one person at a time, with the goal of choosing one person forever. I would often fall into a cycle of trying to make that work but eventually letting temptation get the best of me, and failing both parties of the relationship ; especially my partner.
I never planned to date a guy in an open relationship. Besides, everyone I knew growing up was monogamous. My parents. My grandparents.