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8 Alternative Relationships You Need to Understand ...

By Heather

In this day and age, denying alternative relationships is almost impossible! There are tons of different alternative relationships that might be completely different from yours, but are also interesting to understand. Below, I'm going to cover the top 8 alternative relationships that might never, ever work for you, but they do for other people. So girls, you ready to take a dive into some relationships that may never be your lifestyle, but might work for some people?

1 Swingers

Swingers (also referred to as swinging or partner swapping) is a completely non-monogamous behavior in which a married (or couple in a committed relationship) swaps partners to engage in sexual activity. Will this alternative relationship work for everyone? Of course not! But does it work for some people? It does! Believe it or not ladies, this actually started way back in the 16th century, so it is nothing new, but it's just difficult to understand sometimes right?

2 Being Polyamorous

Polyamorous relationships have actually come to light very recently, even though these alternative relationships have been around for a while, recently there has been more talk of being polyamorous. Do you know exactly what it is? Well, there are tons of different sub-relationships under the polyamorous heading, but it is basically all revolving around multiple partners all in one relationship. Again, while this alternative relationship might not work for you, it does work for other people!

3 Dominant/Submissive Couples

With 'Fifty Shades of Grey' coming to light recently, this type of relationship is becoming more known and greatly understood. Personally, I don't think that I could submit to my partner nor would I want her to do that to me, but this isn't my relationship. This type of relationship takes a lot of trust and a ton of patience, learning the ins and outs of what turns you on. It's a lifestyle ladies and while it might not be yours, it does work for other people!

4 Multiple Wives

This is huge nowadays, with shows like 'Sister Wives' and 'Big Love' out there. This is actually different than being polyamorous, this is actually where a man had multiple wives. Typically, this is found in the Mormon and Latter Day Saints faith and only a specific faith does practice this. While this might not work for me, because I am the jealous type, I can see it working for other people! This alternative relationship is very different isn't it?

5 Bisexuality

Some people are just bisexual, it is not something that they can control, they just happen to like both genders equally. This alternative relationship can lead to one of the relationships above, if they are looking for both genders at the same time, but that is up to all of the parties involved. Being bisexual is not for everyone, but it is definitely an alternative relationship that should be understood!

6 Cross Dressing

I lot of people believe that you have to be gay in order to dress up as a woman if you are a man. While sometimes, drag queens and cross-dressers are gay, a lot of the time they aren't, the men just like to feel what it's like to be in a woman’s clothes. This alternative relationship is something that you'll have to learn to understand if you are going to be in a relationship with a cross-dresser!

7 Transgender

People who are transgender can be misunderstood a lot of the time. Being transgender is actually a state of a person's gender identity. It's where a woman might not feel like she really is a woman, but rather she feels as if she is a man. If you are in a relationship with someone who is transgender, you just have to be aware of what they are going through and how you can help!

8 Gay

Finally, the last alternative relationship that we are going to discuss is being gay. That includes being a lesbian or a gay man. What is important in a relationship is love and while there may be some people who don't understand gay relationships, our relationships are very similar to traditional, we just like our own gender.

There you have it ladies! While these alternative relationships might not be for everyone, they are relationships that need to be understood. After all, alternative relationships are still filled with love, no matter what. So girls, what other alternative relationships do you want to hear about?

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