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smarttexan August 2nd, 2015 2:27pm

Interesting topic from breakfast with a group of folks I've known a long time: can a successful committed relationship be "open?"

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08/04/15 7:12 am

Yes, but I think it's about the kind of people in the relationship. I don't think I could be in one, neither could my SO, but there are couples out there with very liberal sex lives who've been lovingly married for years.

08/02/15 10:40 pm

I don't believe so but it might work for some folks. Personally I don't see the point, I don't consider it a "real" relationship.

catpillow Florida West Coast
08/02/15 3:01 pm

Not my relationship, but it works for some people.

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
08/02/15 1:50 pm

Yes but only if both parties participate in the "open". Otherwise it would get messy.

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
08/02/15 11:08 am

Absolutely, as long as both parties agree to the arrangement, set clear ground rules, and are emotionally mature about it. I personally wouldn't want that kind of relationship but I know instances where it has worked for other couples.

ronderman North Carolina
08/02/15 11:02 am

I don't know of any that have been successful long term. Of course, I don't know of any (other than celebrities).

tdkseth Texas
08/02/15 10:32 am

I believe so I mean open just refers to sexually, right? Successful and committed includes romantically, so if there's still a strong mental/romantic connection with the two in the relationship along with sex then I absolutely think so.

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
08/02/15 8:43 am

Not if I'm involved. Too many complications.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
08/02/15 8:41 am

Absolutely... As demonstrated by the many that are and/or have been.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
08/02/15 10:20 am

Absolutely was going to be my word choice 😝

08/02/15 7:57 am

I believe it can.

RebelProud Bungholio
08/02/15 7:54 am

Wouldn't work for me, but I'm sure it could work for others.