Here are five questions poly people are sick of hearing. Most poly people in general take the stance that their partner loving or being with someone else does not diminish from their own relationships.
We understand that some people have the capacity to feel strongly about or be interested in multiple people without diminishing the way we feel about any individual in particular.
— I find myself having to assure my girlfriends that I do not need to be medicated while simultaneously pressing ice cubes to their foreheads.
In today's society, it's acceptable to have one-night stands, same-sex relationships, affairs (debatable), arranged marriages, and 40-year age gaps, but if we want to commit ourselves to more than one person?
Definition: From the Greek words poly (many or multiple) and amor (love), polyamory is generally defined as the thought process, action or acceptance of the concept that humans can have romantic love for more than one person at a time.
Polyamory doesn't refer solely to people who are polyamorous, but rather to describe the philosophy of many loves as opposed to monogamous relationships.
Polyamory is sometimes referred to when speaking of the concept of abundant love.
Also Known As: open relationship, consentual non-monogamy Alternate Spellings: polyamoury, poly Examples: "My partner and I are thinking about trying out polyamory.
One in five Americans are or have been in a non-monogamous relationship or a polyamorous one.
Poly relationships can be structured a number of different ways, but the classic example is that of a committed couple who are allowed to date other people on the side.
Why does it bother you if I have more than one boyfriend at a time? " My friend asked, her face a mix of shock and horror."He isn't cheating on me!
" I exclaimed for the third time."But he's your boyfriend and he's on a date with another girl..." Her sentence trailed off as if her brain was still attempting to catch up with her mouth."It's not cheating if I told him to go.
But there's one in particular that I'd like to discuss: the idea that "polyamory" means "committed couple who have casual partners on the side." There has been much talk about "open marriage" and "open relationships" in recent years, with some even paradoxically dubbing non-monogamy "the new monogamy." In this open-marriage conception of non-monogamous relationships, there is still a central, committed (often legally married) couple, who allow one another to engage in purely sexual (or at least quite casual) outside relationships.