Opening up - book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Always Aroused Girl

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Opening up

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Open Up a Relationship--The Right Way

Tristan Taormino's newest book provides concrete advice for those looking to try out non-monogamy or those already in an open relationship.
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Pros:
In-depth description of all sorts of non-monogamous relationships.
Cons:
Lots of focus on BDSM, which may not apply to all non-monogamous folks.
Rating by reviewer:
5
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Prolific sexpert Tristan Taormino's most recent offering focuses on relationships which are open to others. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to involve new people in your previously monogamous coupling, this guide is required reading before you start.

After years spent interviewing people in open relationships and observing them in the wild, as it were (at various social and play events), Taormino collected her observations into Opening Up: A Guide for Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships.

Taormino begins by laying out the different possible types of non-monogamous relationships. From swinging to polyamory and everything in between, Taormino provides names and descriptions of the approaches folks have taken to this kind of relationship. I really appreciated this section because it shows that there are almost as many approaches to non-monogamy as there are non-monogamous people. One size does not fit all in open relationships, and those hesitant to take the first steps might find assurance in the fact that there are so many different ways to experience open relationships.

Later, Taormino discusses myths that have grown up around open relationships. She offers advice on how to tell (or not tell) friends and family members of your decision to practice non-monogamy. And she addresses the very important legal ramifications of such matters as property ownership and raising children in an open relationship.

Taormino never suggests that open relationships|Tristan Taormino's Opening up are for all people or even most people. On the contrary: She points out many characteristics that would make the move to non-monogamy disastrous for a couple. A relationship that features extreme jealousy, lack of time, or serious pre-existing issues will not do well if it's opened. Taormino suggests that these couples take the time to fix their issues first before diving into an open relationship.

I've passed my copy of Opening Up: A Guide for Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships around my circle of pervy friends with great results. If I could mandate that it be read by everyone considering non-monogamy, I most certainly would.
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Comments
  • ThePornLibrarian
    ThePornLibrarian  
    I loved this book! I'm not considering non-monogamy, but I learned so much from it anyways. Great review.
  • Cock Wrangler
    Cock Wrangler  
    I'm interested in this book. How does it compare to The Ethical Slut (I'm guessing you've read that)?
  • alwaysarousedgirl
    Actually I haven't! *bad bad sex-blogger!*
  • Cock Wrangler
    Cock Wrangler  
    tsk tsk. That is odd.
  • Dragon
    Dragon  
    How is this book organized? I'm interested in the different sections and what type of material is covered. Is it more of a essay or dialogue? Does she give personal examples? Is this well written or rambling. Thanks AAG!
  • bodymodboy
    bodymodboy  
    Loved this book, glad you're interested in it. I love your fantasy kits and your reviews, too. It's inspiring! Smile
  • Dragon
    Dragon  
    Hi Bodymodboy,
    I'm glad you liked the book. You may have me mixed up with someone else though. Although I've thought about it enough, I've never put together any fantasy kits.
  • Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
    Viktor Vysheslav Malkin  
    Not my cup of tea, but nice review Smile
  • Lady Neshamah
    Lady Neshamah  
    thanks for the review
  • Kissy
    Kissy  
    Thanks for the review.
  • spiced
    spiced  
    Too bad I missed this one...maybe I can find it used. Thanks for a great review.
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