Monday, March 16, 2009

Being An ‘Ethical Slut’ Is Rewarding

EUGENE, Ore. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Being a slut in an open relationship can be rewarding.

Just ask Janet W. Hardy, co-author of The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide To Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures (Celestial Arts), out this April.

According to Hardy – who swore off monogamy 22 years ago – having multiple partners leads to a happy, enriched life.

She believes monogamous marriage is outdated, and says open relationships help people find everything they’re looking for in life, whether it’s sex, love, or friendship.

Hardy says an “ethical slut” believes relationships and sex with anyone is good, no matter what form that comes in.

This means that love triangles, “quads” – two swinging couples – and circles of friends with benefits are all legit.

However, there’s an ethical side to “sluthood.”

Hardy says polyamory only works if people are honest with each other, don’t intend to hurt anyone, and learn to control their jealousy.

She’s seen many open relationships fail because a third party has intentions of stealing someone’s lover all for themselves, which Hardy calls, “unethical slutting.”

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