Think about it - we judge relationships all the time. Your best friend starts dating someone new. There's this awkward period where all the friends are assessing that new person - trying to determine if this person will be good to your friend. A relationship ends. What's the first thing that is usually said? "They weren't good for you." We care about relationships and we care about the people in them. Many of us have had relationships where we just can't get enough of that person. What makes this feeling last? What makes it end? There are a lot of reasons that can answer these questions...
Lately, a few things have happened that have got me thinking a lot about relationships and monogamy - specifically regarding queer relationships.
- A conversation among queer friends at a birthday party
- Watching "The Science of Sex Appeal" on Netflix
- Struggling to actually want to watch "The Kids Are Alright"
- Talking a lot with my partner about our own relationship
2. This movie piqued my interest because I like documentaries, and I like the Discovery Channel (minus the fact they gave Sarah Palin her own show), and I am curious about sex and it's appeal. Well, I should have known that this would be a disappointment. The entire film focused strictly on heterosexual couples and had a very strong evolutionary focus (clarification - I do believe in evolution!), but had nothing to say regarding queer couples or what attracts one woman to another, etc. Silly me for thinking it actually would. It was still interesting, and I may have learned something - mostly that heterosexually inclined women are more attracted to 'masculine' smelling men when they are ovulating, but are really turned off and even down right disgusted by the scent of a 'masculine' man. Men want to have sex with many women - and will even think an 'ugly' woman is doable if they can smell an ovulating vagina. Women are more picky when it comes to what attracts them to a man. Oh, and love and monogamy can be scientifically calculated through MRI's and such.
3. I haven't seen this movie - and I'm not sure if I ever will. But everyone who has seen it has said that it was really good (despite the femme mom cheats on her butch partner when she sleeps with the sperm donor for the couple's two children). Why can't their be a movie where two people (regardless of sexuality - but ESPECIALLY if it is a queer relationship!) doing what it takes to make it work for the long haul and not succumbing to lust or boredom? Don't get me wrong - I don't think everyone that enters a long term, committed relationship ends up with a happily ever after scenario. Lovers get sick, they die, they cheat on you, they end the relationship for other reasons. Not everyone really gets a happy ending. BUT - there are some relationships that last the test of time and actually work and the couple does have a happy ending...or happier.
4. My current relationship is the most stable, secure, honest, happy, (insert every positive adjective here) relationship I have ever been in. This isn't because my previous relationships were necessarily bad because of bad people or anything. Rather, I think that I am just a different person because of those relationships and have a better understanding of who I am and of what I'm looking for in a relationship. I am not interested in a non-monogamous relationship. I dabbled in that sort of thing briefly and it was probably one of the worst things I could have ever done - for me and my relationship. I don't like hurting or hurting people I care about, and everyone was hurt by this feeble attempt to be 'progressive'. Being non-monogamous can make you lose trust in your partner. It can make you feel insecure. It made me feel both of those things and at the end of the day, it made me question not just my relationship or my partner, but who I was as a person.
Could non-monogamy work for other people? Maybe...but I'm not convinced. I don't think people in non-monogamous relationships are truly happy. I don't think that people in monogamous relationships are necessarily truly happy either. A relationship is a good one when there is equality and mutual respect between the two (or more) people.
I think the real question is: Can you create equality and harmony in the relationships you enter into? What do you think?