Opening Up: A Guide To Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships

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Cleis Press, May 1, 2008 - Self-Help - 346 pages
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Relationship expert and bestselling author Tristan Taormino offers a bold new strategy for creating loving, lasting relationships. Drawing on in-depth interviews with over a hundred women and men, Opening Up explores the real-life benefits and challenges of all styles of open relationships — from partnered non-monogamy to solo polyamory. With her refreshingly down-to-earth style and sharp wit, Taormino offers solutions for making an open relationship work, including tips on dealing with jealousy, negotiating boundaries, finding community, parenting and time management. Opening Up will change the way you think about intimacy.
 

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User Review  - atreic - LibraryThing

Practical and sympathetic book on a range of ways of doing non-monogamy. Easy to read, lots of anecdotes from real people. Possibly slightly too much focus on America and BDSM for some people's tastes. Read full review

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User Review  - senbei - LibraryThing

Despite being the first text I've read cover-to-cover on the subject of non-monogamy and polyamorous relationships, I nevertheless believe Opening Up to be one of the best. I have asked friends as ... Read full review

Contents

SECTION
1
CHAPTER 2 Myths about Nonmonogamy
13
CHAPTER 3 Is an Open Relationship for You?
19
CHAPTER 4 What Makes an Open Relationship Work?
33
SECTION
51
CHAPTER 6 Swinging
61
CHAPTER 7 Polyamory
71
CHAPTER 8 Solo Polyamory
87
CHAPTER 14 Common Challenges and Problems
183
When Something Changes
203
CHAPTER 16 Coming Out or Not Finding Community Creating
227
CHAPTER 17 Raising Children
249
CHAPTER 18 Safer Sex and Sexual Health
263
CHAPTER 19 Legal and Practical Issues
285
CHAPTER 20 The Future of Relationships
295
Notes
301

CHAPTER 9 Polyfidelity
95
CHAPTER 10 MonogamousNonmonogamous and MonoPoly
111
CHAPTER 11 Designing Your Open Relationship
121
CHAPTER 12 Jealousy and Other Intense Feelings
153
CHAPTER 13 Compersion
173

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Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, columnist, editor, and sex educator. She is the editor of the Best Lesbian Erotica series and Hot Lesbian Erotica, and she is the author of Tristan Taormino’s True Lust, Down and Dirty Sex Secrets, and The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. Tristan is a columnist for the Village Voice, Taboo, and Velvet Park, and her writing has also appeared in Vibe, Spectator, The Advocate, and more than 15 anthologies. Tristan has been featured in more than 200 publications, including the New York Times, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, Details, New York magazine, Men’s Health, and Playboy. She has also appeared on CNN, MTV, Oxygen, the Discovery Channel, The Howard Stern Show, Ricki Lake, Real Sex, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Scarborough Country, and over 50 radio shows. Tristan directed the adult videos The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women, Tristan Taormino's House of Ass, and Chemistry. She has been a popular speaker and teacher at polyamory conferences, workshops, and community groups for more than 15 years. Tristan lives in New York City. Visit Tristan at www.puckerup.com.

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