Polyamory - the practice of having serious relationships with more than one person at a time.
Polyamory, having multiple love relationships in which all partners are aware of the others, is perfectly legal as long as the multiple commitments do not include a formal marriage.
Not all polyamorists practice the same style of polyamory.
Polyamory can be a difficult topic to bring up in a relationship.
To learn more, try the Polyamory Society.
Polyamory is the practice of participating in multiple relationships, with a sense of intimacy and love in each of these pairings.
They also tend to be more accommodating to alternative relationship styles such as BDSM and polyamory.
The classic definition of polyamory, as described by Anita Wagner of the Loving More Foundation, is "multiple simultaneous romantic relationships with the full knowledge and consent of everyone involved."
While many people think that this seems to simply be an excuse to have lots of sexual partners, "poly" people are quick to point out that the root of polyamory is amor, which means "love."
In a culture where about half of the marriages end in divorce, the need for finding a different model to make relationships work has led to many forms of non-monogamy such as polyamory, swinging, and "open" marriage.
Books like "Open" by Tristan Taormino describe not only the reasoning behind polyamory but also the many varieties, from "primary" and "secondary" relationships to "polycules" that resemble group marriages.
Cunning Minx is the tireless producer and host of the award-winning Polyamory Weekly podcast that has been active since the spring of 2005.
Minx has spoken on polyamory at many conferences such as the Heartland Polyamory Conference and New York City's Poly Pride Day.
LoveToKnow (LTK): How do you define polyamory, and is that different than how most people think of it?
The practice of polyamory can vary widely with the participants -- just like monogamy!
An absolute must for polyamory is the full knowledge and consent of all parties involved.
LTK: When is it a good idea to think about exploring polyamory?
Even if you discover polyamory at this time and try to make an honest job of it, it’s exceedingly difficult to focus on honesty and consent when the trust has already been eroded by infidelity and deception.
Really, the best time to talk about the possibility of polyamory is when you're single and have had a few dates and some chemistry with someone or when your current relationship is stable, happy and healthy.
LTK: Are there things about polyamory that can benefit monogamous couples?
LTK: What's the best way to learn about polyamory?
If polyamory is totally new to you, I have good news: you are not alone!
Just do a Google search for “polyamory” and your city to find a local group.
LTK: What is the most important thing that people need to understand about polyamory when they start learning about it?
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