Open relationships are almost always associated with the term taboo and has a “he who shall not be named” stigma attached to it. The truth is, it is more common than most would know; it is so common that it actually has a real name, CNM (or consensually non-monogamous). With the latest violation of privacy that occurred (the Ashley Madison hack) people are either wondering how something like this can work or they are on the complete opposite end, and are wondering how people can allow this to work. The idea of an open relationship is something that has crossed the minds of most couples; just because you are now married or committed to someone does not mean your attraction to others goes out the door (if anything it generally becomes more lustful). People always want what they can’t have and a committed relationship on the whole means that they can no longer sleep with who they want, hangout with certain people (i.e. their exes), or say inappropriate things to someone who is not their partner. A lot of things get taken away; an open relationship is seen to those involved as something that still allows you to express your sexuality, experiment with others and still have that home and comfort to lie with at night. To chalk it up, being in an open relationship does not always have to be negative; here is a list of facts that polyamorous lovers want you to know about open relationships.
12 Less Likely To Get An STI
11 They Produce Better Relationships
10 They Follow A Strict Set Of Rules
9 They Are Not Freaks
8 Supposedly More Common In Gay Relationships
7 They Have Secret Clubs
6 They Take Their Relationship Very Serious
5 A Lot Of Celebrities Are In Open Relationships
4 It Can Get Boring
3 Why Be Loved By One When You Can Be Loved By Many
2 It’s Actually Called Consensually Non-Monogamous
1 It Is Not As Taboo As It Seems
Open relationships are not as taboo as most of society believes them to be. More and more people are realizing the benefits of being able to share their bodies and their sexuality with multiple people. So who do we blame this on? Is it the media as always? Or is it the way that society now perceives life? Is this even something that actually needs an explanation? Being fluid within your relationships is now the new norm and it does not seem to shock many when they confess to being in a poly-relationship, or casually sleeping with people on the side.
Sources: alternet.org, womenshealthmag.com, shape.com
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