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A lot of relationship rules are seriously outdated—many come from a time when men and women in relationships weren’t also friends. Think very Don and Betty Draper type of relationships. Everything was very separate. Each person in the relationship was putting up an illusion. Perhaps that illusion was enjoyable, and made things work, but ultimately, people were holding a lot back. Today, thank goodness, most of us have realized that rigid rules really have no place in a successful relationship. No couple is the same, so no one rule could possibly apply to all couples. Maybe somebody, somewhere, at some time (like, a hundred years ago) was seen as a relationship guru among her friends and spewed this misinformed knowledge, but it’s time to ditch it. Here are relationship rules that successful couples break.

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Keep the mystery alive

As in, don’t wear your mustache removal cream or period panties around him, and never go to the bathroom with the door open. Nah—forget that. My boyfriend and I have no mysteries left and honestly, the fact that I can be so myself and at ease around him makes me more turned on. It creates an intimacy between us that actually makes sex more enjoyable.

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