What is an open relationship? Here, according to Wikipedia, which will do for now, is the definition of an open relationship.
An open relationship is an interpersonal relationship in which the parties want to be together but agree to a form of a non-monogamous relationship. This means that they agree that a romantic or intimate relationship with another person is accepted, permitted, or tolerated. Generally, an open relationship is when the parties involved have two or more romantic or sexual relationships occurring at the same time either as a short-term relationship, such as dating, or long-term relationship, such as marriage. The concept of an open relationship has been recognized since the 1970s.
I am seeing a trend on these dating sites, mostly OKC., in open relationships. Or should I point out, that those engaging in open relationships, are finding me. No, I don’t have a sign on my profile advertising for those men in open relationships. Sometimes I do feel like I have a magnet on my forehead, that attracts married men, and/or those in open relationships. I should look further as to why this happens.
I am not sure that would work for me. In fact, I think I know that would not work for me. To each his own. I don’t judge or care if anyone wants to live that way. I didn’t do it in the 70’s, and see no need for it now. I have dated 2 guys at once, and I find it stressful. And, I think I am too much of a jealous person, to think it is ok for my guy to be with one or more women , when he is not with me.
I spoke with a guy on OKC, who lives in another state, yet informed me that he travels to my area often . We started chatting and during the course of the conversation I asked if he had been married before. Mental note: read someone’s full profile before you strike up a conversation.
His response, “ Going on 25 years next month!”
Mine: take a quick look at his profile and say DUH
Sure enough, in big bold letters, it says, OPEN RELATIONSHIP.
Do I leave the conversation? Nope, need to understand this personal choice of his.
I said ,”well I just noticed you do have open relationship written down.”
“I sure do,” he replies to me. “We have always had an open relationship. We both take lovers and have had many over the years. Happily married but never monogamous.”
“And that works for you?” apparently the naive part of me replies.
“It does. We are both very happy.”
“Good for you,” I tell him. And I mean it. If this works and you both like it, why not?
Here is one outlook on whether or not open relationships can work.
Different outlooks. monogamy or non-monogamous relationships is the big question. Jealousy and double standards come into play. Is it ok for someone to have a lover, but when his or her spouse decides the same, then does trouble begin? If you both agree, like my friend here, then go with what works. Though I can’t imagine, at times, that difficulties could potentially pop up. Are they never jealous? Do they never have a conflict, if one spouse has a lover and the other is in a slump? Or your spouse’s lover is really hot and you may feel intimidated?
Does it improve their sexual relationship with each other or hinder it? Inquiring minds want to know, but I don’t think I will find out first hand.
This article in the Huffington Post explains why this could work for some. I spoke with a guy , again on OKC, who said he was polyamorous, and of course I had to look it up. I asked him why he chose this, and pretty much said he was terribly hurt in his previous relationship. His ex cheated on him and lied. So this way, he explained, was a no hurt type of relationship. No muss no fuss. Then move on. Sounds like the hurt talking if you ask me. Being non- monogamous doesn’t shield you from hurt, necessarily. But, I said to him, if it works for you, great. Not sure he has tried it yet from what I gathered in our online chatting.
Yet, it is pretty much, an open relationship in a much cooler word form.