“No, there was no way I could give up a man like Scott just to get a few more lovers under my belt, lovers I probably wouldn’t even enjoy. I would sacrifice breadth for depth. Scott was the only man I could conceive of marrying, and certainly the only man I could ever have a child with. We had our share of issues, but there was also a deeper battle going on inside me: fear versus hope. I clung to hope.”
“The studio allowed no men inside, and the dark classroom was lit only with red lamps, eliminating outright most of the lethal self-criticism a roomful of semi-naked females would endure in the light of day. Outside in the dressing room, my classmates were average-looking women of all sizes and ethnicities, ranging from their early twenties to their mid-fifties. In the dark studio with the music on, each of them transformed into a vision of sensuality. I began to see that, for how much we all agonized over our features and shapes, beauty didn’t actually live there. It didn’t dwell, static, in skin and muscle; it emerged in how we moved.”
One Million Page Princess
February 4th 2017
What if, for just one year, you could put your marriage on hold and step outside of it to explore everything you’d wondered about sex but hadn’t tried?
Meet Robin Rinaldi, and the true story of her experience trying an open marriage on for size. While this type of arrangement was never something she imagined wanting in her life, Robin wanted children, and when her husband says no and insists on getting a vasectomy, she decides that if she can’t have children, she wants lovers instead. Her husband Scott agrees, eventually.
This leads to their new arrangement; during the work week Robin will live alone in her own apartment and is allowed to sleep with whoever she likes as well as attend sex workshops and on the weekends she will return to both her home and duties as ‘wife’. The couple creates rules and boundaries for their open marriage, and this book documents Robin and Scott’s experiment.
While I won’t tell you if the two stay together, or eventually have children of their own, I will tell you that this author knows how to write. I demolished this book in just short of two days, even if much of the content made me frustrated. I constantly wondered why Scott (who is openly against the idea of this arrangement) goes along with it when it seems to cause him so much heartache, and why the two got married in the first place if they knew they had such different opinions on children?
Regardless of the issues I had with certain things, like the fact many of the rules Robin comes up with, she ends up breaking immediately herself (because they are handled the opposite way I would deal with it), I did still find this a very interesting and eye-opening read on levels and avenues one can travel down within the parameters of their own partnership.
Until next time,