Last modified on 2 November 2014, at 04:40

Polyamory

I believe that trust is more important than monogamy. ~ Savage Garden

Polyamory is the practice or lifestyle of being part of more than one long-term, intimate, and, often, sexual loving relationship at the same time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved. Persons who consider themselves emotionally suited to such relationships may define themselves as polyamorous, often abbreviated to poly.

QuotesEdit

I was trying to make people understand, that at least for some folks, this was a fairly natural state. And instead of skulking around about it that we'd all do better to avoid the deceit and be honest. ~ John Perry Barlow
The confusion of marriage with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other single error. ~ George Bernard Shaw
There are as many different forms of non-monogamous relationships as there are people who have them. The key here, is being honest, responsible, and ethical. ~ PolyTees
  • In my experience and observation, the following factors most positively influence the odds for [poly relationship] success:
    1. General attitude of goodwill and a generosity of spirit
    2. Willingness to be honest, especially when the news is likely to hurt
    3. Independent spirit
    4. Strong personal desire for a poly life
    5. Reasonably good emotional intelligence and self-esteem
    6. Reading poly literature and discussing it with partners
  • I do not find people to fit the spaces in my life. I make spaces to fit the people in my life.
  • There is a key trait in people who do polyamory well, and it's this: They are good at regulating their strong emotions. By that I mean, when something emotionally intense is happening to you, either good or bad, you're able to see it as part of a larger whole and keep it in perspective.
  • There is no One Right Way to be Polyamorous. But there are plenty of Wrong Ways!
  • The word "poly" is short for "polyamory", which means, literally, "many loves". It is a form of responsible non-monogamous relationships where all people involved are aware of and give consent to having multiple romantic partners. There are as many different forms of non-monogamous relationships as there are people who have them. The key here, is being honest, responsible, and ethical.
    Polyamorous relationships can take many forms. They can be polyfidelitous, meaning a group of people who consider themselves "married" to each other and are not open to outside romantic partners (much like monogamy but with more than one spouse) all the way to what we sometimes call "free agents" — people who behave as if they are single even when they have romantic partners (with full honesty and disclosure, of course), and everything in between. The majority of polyamorous relationships, however, are somewhere in the middle, such as inclusive networks. Many have rules or guidelines for when it is appropriate to take on new partners and the rules vary from group to group.
  • I'm poly, bi and kinky and I still won't sleep with you!
    • Tee-shirt joke at PolyTees
  • The confusion of marriage with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other single error.
    • George Bernard Shaw, in Man and Superman (1903); this has also been paraphrased as: "Confusing monogamy with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other error."

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