Cheating, if Your Marriage Is Good but Your Sex Life Isn’t?

Friend: Well, certainly that would be the honest thing to do- but even asking the question reveals a lot more than people want to.  If your partner is not interested in an open marriage, you could be spelling the end right there.

V:  When there’s trouble in a marriage, it sometimes feels easier to ignore it.

F: Yes, and if you’re happy with your home life but sex is boring, cheating is definitely like having your cake and eating it too- but the cost of that cake can be a lot of guilt and dark feelings.

V:  Polyamorous relationships are frequently short, and that’s part of what people use to judge that they don’t work or aren’t worthwhile, what are your thoughts on that?

F: Well, almost all relationships end, so I don’t think that can be used as the success standard.  One thing I’ve seen is that a lot of people open up their marriages as a last ditch attempt to stay married, and those marriages end, but they were probably going to end anyway.

V: Right, and I don’t see divorce as a failure.

F: If the relationship has become unhappy, divorce is a success!  But part of the judgements on poly relationships is because it’s not heteronormative behavior- we’ve seen one pattern in our parents and grandparents, and so we think that’s the only way to have relationships.

V: And you learn things from divorce, about how you could do better, or about what you want in a relationship.

F: Yes, ending relationships is always painful, not just married relationships.  Not getting married does not help you avoid that pain.

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Cheating, if Your Marriage Is Good but Your Sex Life Isn’t?

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- Virginia Jones started doing comedy in Portland, OR, where she was working as a bike-riding vegan cliche. She runs a popular blog about comedy, feminism, art and music at She is a regular contributor to Patioh, Patino, a podcast about dating and relationships. She likes tap dancing, singing, and telling jokes. She probably should have been in vaudeville but was born several years too late.