OPEN MARRIAGE by Nena & George O'Neill


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The O'Neills will jolt you to attention with their opener -- ""the only people, indeed, for whom the old-fashioned marriage seems to hold a real mystique are homosexuals"" -- but then they settle down to rearranging some of the ideas which have been around in one book or magazine after another to assure that your marriage keeps ""growing,"" ""expanding,"" and ""enhancing"" -- words which occur more frequently than they should. All within eight guidelines which include ""Living for now"" (marriage offers no real longterm security); communication (it might mean fighting, cf. Marcus Bach) or ""flexibility in roles"" (housework can be sensuous if you'll think of it that way -- ""sudsing the dishes, smoothing the sheets, sloshing big sponges and water over the car"";)open companionship (an addition to your relationship, not an escape) and trust (fidelity is a closed marriage construct); etc., etc. Do you take this. . . to be any better than it sounds?

Pub Date: Jan. 14th, 1971
ISBN: 087131438X
Publisher: Evans