I wanted to start a topic about alternative relationships. "Alternative to what?", you might ask, like Ellen Page in Whip It...
Well, the obvious alternatives would be alternatives to monogamy, but I don't think that even quite covers it. How about, alternatives to monogamy AND alternatives to miserable monogamy? Meaning, even in monogamous relationships, there can be alternatives to 'traditional' models in which enforced gender roles and lack of real communication lead to less than fulfilling romantic relationships.
The idea is discussing relationships that are 'outside the rut'. Be they open, polyamorous, swinging, monogamous, homo/bi/het, whatever.