There's a difference between gently avoiding the exclusivity talk and going into a relationship knowing you never want to have it.Blurting "I want to see other people" over first date calamari can come off as dismissive, so wait until it feels natural.
It was jarring to find out that our great aunt had basically spent her youth as the whore of Babylon. You're going to date Veronica A lot of my friends, male and female, followed this kind of "Medieval Courtly Love, With Blowjobs" model well into college, like knights and ladies with bitterly divorced parents.
(Although, I guess she broke for Sunday, so there was that.)I don't know if it's because of Cameron Crowe movies or disease panic or protracted adolescence, but my generation believed that when you really liked somebody, you should like them solely and exclusively, even obsessively. But for those of us still single, relad ideas about monogamy and the facility of the Internet have produced a new golden age of slutty aunts.