1/20/2012 4:05 PM
Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich has gotten his fair share of press over the years for being unfaithful, but this week it’s not his infidelities that the media is latching onto. It’s his ex-wife’s claims that Newt sought an open relationship with her.
Is this a ridiculous request for someone to make to their partner? Would you ever be ok with knowing your partner was having sex with other people?
An open relationship allows partners to openly sleep with other people. This thought pretty much just skeeves me out. I’m not sure I comprehend how someone can emotionally detach themselves enough to maintain their esteem and confidence. Knowing someone was dissatisfied enough with their sex life that they have to go elsewhere for relief has to be devastating for the person who didn’t make the request.
Someone may go along with it to save the relationship, but I have a very difficult time believing that two people could be 100 percent happy together in an open relationship. Marriage is supposed to be to display your affection for your partner; a statement of your commitment to each other for the rest of your lives. But, instead of keeping their vows, more and more people are making agreements like this one. We saw it with Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore and now with Newt Gingrich.
Obviously, I would never be comfortable, confident or happy in a relationship like this, but I would love to hear the other side of the argument. Have you been in an open relationship? How did it come to that? Did it last? Share your opinion and stories in the comment section below!
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