Have you ever wondered how people make open relationships work? Maybe you’re skeptical about whether they really do work. Perhaps you or your partner would like to explore the topic, but you’re not sure how to begin to really think or talk about it.
Based on in-depth interviews with over a hundred women and men, this book explores the real life challenges and benefits of all styles of open relationships. Here you will find check lists to help you determine what is important to you in your intimate relationships and guidelines for beginning to discuss and negotiate varying degrees of open-ness with your partner. You’ll also find descriptions of lots of common open relationship structures, and receive ample permission to assess your own individual situation and make your own rules to fit your needs and those of your partner(s).
Opening Up also contains sections on dealing with jealousy, negotiating boundaries, dealing with common challenges and problems, making adjustments as relationships change, parenting, finding community, time management, safer sex and sexual health, and legal and practical issues. This book is an excellent resource; readable, nuanced, thoughtful, and packed with information about every aspect of open relationships. 346 pages. 2008