Monday, January 23, 2012

Open Relationships and Non-Conformity

About a week ago, one of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's ex-wives revealed that he had once asked for an open relationship while they were married.  After she refused, he divorced her and shacked up with the mistress with which he wanted her to share.  The public response was, predictably, not positive.

I was kind of apathetic about the whole ordeal.  Don't get me wrong, that a candidate bases a part of his platform on believing in the sanctity of (straight) marriage and then runs around on not one, but two women is the kind of slimeball hypocrisy that we can only expect from politicians and reality TV stars.  (And isn't that line blurring more and more every day.)  But the concept of an open-marriage in itself isn't all that shocking to me, nor should it be for many people.

Different strokes for different folks as they say.  Everything has something unique that they want and bring to a relationship (or anything else for that matter).  Not understanding that is what continually gets our society in trouble.  We've done a lot of horrible things based on the belief that someone or something is weird, abnormal, or inferior.  So when I see something harmless that doesn't conform with my worldview, I take a minute to try and understand it.  Open marriage?  Who cares.

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