Alternative Lifestyles

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 3–21 | Cite as

Sexually Open Marriage

Three perspectives
  • Mary Ann Watson


In this article the author describes sexually open marriage in the lives of 71 individuals. These persons make up three groups—persons in open relationships, persons divorced or separated after an open relationship and secondary partners of persons in open relationships—and are described as they experience their open relationships and then, two years later, as they evaluate the changes in their open sexual relationships. Similarities and differences among these three groups are discussed. In addition, this article looks at the ground rules that are established, jealousy issues and their management, and it discusses the role of equity and equality in sexually open relationships.


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© Sage Publications, Inc 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Ann Watson
    • 1
  1. 1.Metropolitan State CollegeUSA

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