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Do Open Relationships Work?

Have You Seen an Open Relationship Work?

Polygamy's been having a moment for years and polyamory, its liberal sister (not wife) may be next. But open relationships are a perennially enticing option for in-love commitment phobes.

Margaret Cho knows open relationships can work, and she talked to New York magazine about her 11-year-strong open marriage.

"We’ve been together since 1999, although we’ve always had an open relationship. We’ve never had a monogamous relationship. It’s very comfortable for me, and it feels like something that I need. I just need the idea of the freedom and I need the ability to be myself and do what I want. Conventional marriage to me is scary and I feel like we have more solidity."

Open relationships always sound good in theory (better than bored), but have you ever seen one last for any substantial period of time?

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lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
Only when the married people are no longer having sex with each other. Then, they sort of agree to ignore the "activities" of each other. The partnership continues as a roommate/financial arrangement and they each get sex outside the marriage.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
I have never met a person in an open relationship, but now that you mentioned, my mom once told me about one of her college friend who did her thesis on that topic,and she found out that they actually have a greater chance of working than a monogamous relationship. I never believed that, but apparently it does work for some people.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
I only know of one heterosexual relationship where this is apparently working and that is the partnership of Oscar winner Mo'nique and her man. I know of a few and heard of several homosexual relationships where this works as well but then the dynamic there is they're both men, lol.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Absolutely, if you do it for the right reasons and if there's lots of communication.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Yes. A lot of people get super judgy about them for some reason, but I've seen them work before. Every couple is different, so what works for one might not work for another.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I know a couple that has an open relationship, and they've been together for about five years and open for about four. They have ground rules about physical stuff, and they don't seem to date all that often. They're also big time hippies. I'd be way to jealous, but different strokes for different folks.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I just think at SOME point one person is going to want more than the other.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
One of my professors has been in an open relationship with her girlfriend for 23 years. It works for them.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 6 years
yupp! two people in my office are married to each other :)
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