Open Relationship Resources

Open Relationship Resource List

This is a list of books, blogs, websites and podcasts that talk about educate those interested in the various types of open relationships. Since there are multiple ways of creating open relationships, I have divided this into 4 categories: general open relationship resources, swinger lifestyle, polyamory and designer relationships. There is some overlap, yet most will be related to that category. This is NOT a complete list of all the books, etc. on the topics, however it will give you a good starting point.

General Open Relationships:


No More Hiding: Permission to love your sexual self, Lipscomb, Rhoda, 2018

An innovative guide to help you navigate the world of alternative sexuality; focusing on BDSM, Kinks, fetishes and open relationships.

The Ethical Slut: A practical guide to polyamory, open relationships, and other adventures, 3rd ed., Easton, Dossie & Hardy, Janet, 2017

The classic guide to love, sex, and intimacy beyond the limits of conventional monogamy has been fully updated to reflect today’s modern attitudes and the latest information on nontraditional relationships. (this is good no matter what type of open relationship you are interested in trying.)

Facebook Group (private)

Monogamy 2 Open

This private group is free to join and is designed for those new to open relationships as well as a space for those who are experienced to get information, advice and guidance on the best ways to design and navigate the joys and struggles of being in an open relationship.

Swinging Lifestyle:


Swinging for Couples Vol. 1: Beginner’s Guide To The Swinging Lifestyle – 25 Things You Must Know Before Becoming A Swinger (Ultimate Swingers’ Guide) (Volume 1), Robinson, Natalie, 2015

Swinging 101: A couple’s lifestyle primer, Keith, Andre, 2015

This book is a primer for couples interested in exploring “The Lifestyle” known as swinging.


Offers a variety of articles about the Lifestyle and is a good source of information rather than a “hook-up” site.


Life on the Swingset, (Find it on iTunes)

One of the highest rated podcasts devoted to swinging.



More than two: A practical guide to ethical polyamory, by Veaux, Franklin and Rickert, Eve, 2014.

One of the more modern, well-written and researched guides to the wide world of polyamory. One to read if you are seriously considering polyamory.

Polyamory in the 21st Century: Love and intimacy with multiple partners, Anapol, Deborah, 2012

Polyamory in the 21st Century weaves together research and facts to provide an informed and impartial analysis of polyamory as a lifestyle and as a movement, and to place it in a psychosocial as well as an historical context.

Eight things I wish I’d known about Polyamory: Before I tried it and frakked it up, Minx, Cunning, 2014

Highlights some the of the classic relationship landmines that people often experience in poly relationships whether experienced or new to the lifestyle.

Websites is an educational and advocacy resource for polyamory and open relationships is a good site for those exploring and wanting more info on polyamory. They also have a blog with a lot of great information. is a website and weekly podcast (Polyamory weekly) by Cunning Minx. A down-to-earth approach covering poly issues with a dose of compassion and humor.

Designer Relationships:


Designer Relationships: A guide to happy monogamy, positive polyamory, and optimistic open relationships, Michaels, Mark & Johnson, Patricia, 2015

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