Workshop 14: Exclusive VS. Inclusive In Healthy Male Couples: Differences Between Monogamy, Loosening Boundaries, and Deception.
The gay male subculture emphasizes easy sexual hookups as a norm, without questioning whether this is actually healthy for a couple. This workshop will define how male couples choose exclusivity successfully, how healthy attachment is an important component for considering an open relationship and provide guidelines for managing open boundaries within a couple. Norms in the subculture will be compared to stereotypical heterosexual couples, including what actually constitutes deception or affairs, and how transform deception to a deeper intimacy.
- Promote greater communication and intimacy in gay male couples.
- Differentiate healthy sexual norms from out of control sexual behavior in gay male couples.
- Identify guidelines for whether opening up a relationship is advisable and provide suggestions for successful implementation of this when appropriate.