Most Helpful Guy
An open relationship was a term swingers used for years to describe what their relationships were its basicly y ou can fuk who you want but still be together its not easy and if you didn't start that what next tto near impossible to just suddenly watch your mate out with someone else but to actually have like a 3 sum I found it very hot to watch my girlfriend getting eating out by another dude but were close I probably would of suck him at least but didn't want people to hear about it but we fantasied above out it b4 we did it and mmmm omg it was hot in kinda mix emoition but it was probably good to face that fear all I know is I'd love it again rt now
Most Helpful Girl
An open relationship is a non-exclusive/non-monogamous relationship.
There are many different types of open relationships. For example:
- Friends with benefits - you're friends who have sex with each other (note: friends with benefits can choose to be monogamous, but often they aren't)
- polyamorous relationships - people who are in multiple romantic and/or sexual relationships. Poly relationships can take many different forms. Sometimes people have a "primary" partner, sometimes they don't. Also, not all poly relationships are "open", but many are. The difference between poly relationships and many other forms of open relationships is that it's not just about sex---you're free to love other people too.
- swingers - two people who are in a relationship, but also engage in sex with other people (could be group sex, partner swaps, etc.).
All of these types of relationships can vary depending on the people involved. For example, in terms of what's allowed/what's not allowed. Or, for example, some couples have a "don't ask, don't tell" policy, whereas others are completely open and honest with each other.
Some myths about open relationships:
1. People in open relationships don't actually love each other or aren't committed to each other, or are necessarily "casual". - This is wrong. Many open relationships look exactly like a serious monogamous relationship in every way, except that they're free to have sex with other people. Some people include "monogamy" as part of their definition of "commitment", but I would argue that you can be serious about and dedicated to another person even if you aren't monogamous.
2. Open relationships are cheating. - Cheating is breaking the rules that you and your partner have set for your relationship. What people/couples consider to be cheating varies from person to person, or couple to couple. If a couple agrees that having sex with other people isn't cheating, then they aren't cheating because they aren't breaking any rules.