For the past year I’ve been dealing with sexual harassment. I work alone with my boss, supporting him with his work. There are no other employees. In general, the harassment has been a lot of unwanted flirtation, unwanted physical comments/flattery and repeated requests to meet outside of work. Very rarely, it has been unwanted physical contact. The harassment has been mild, the kind I would tolerate from a coworker, but that is uncomfortable coming from someone who outranks you.
Every open relationship needs a set of guidelines. These could be rules that you’ll both abide by for the remainder of your relationship or they could be flexible guiding principles. Relationship guidelines are just another strategy we can use to keep jealousy at bay and keep our partners needs in mind.
There are lots of types of open relationships out there. Some folks like to have sex with other people, but only at the same time. Some are only okay with their partners being open to the same gender. Some are okay with polyamory while others are only open to strictly sexual relationships. Some are only half-open. There are many ways to have an open relationship, but rather than delve into that can of worms today, I’m going to tell you about my open relationship.
The Theoretical Setup
In theory my husband and I are open to partners of any gender and potentially any sexual orientation except gay. We are open to both sexual and romantic partners, as long as we remain each other’s top priority. Ideally, a lot of us would be great friends and enjoy hanging out with any of the other partners.