“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return.” — Moulin Rouge
I think of all the things about me, polyamory is probably the least talked about and most misunderstood. Polyamory is, put simply, consensual non-monogamy… but there is really nothing simple about it. Yes, it gets complicated – yes, it can be a lot of work – yes, it can be really hard sometimes – and yes, it can also be extremely rewarding. It is not for everyone, like monogamy is not for everyone. People’s romantic choices are their own choices and not a comment on your own.
Being “poly” involves a great deal of honesty and communication – more than most people might be used to. It isn’t the same as cheating: each relationship or intimate interaction happens with the full knowledge and consent of everyone involved. It also isn’t the same as swinging, because we have full, loving relationships with other individuals, not just intimate interactions.
Want to learn more about polyamory?
New Sexual Revolution: Polyamory May Be Good for You – Scientific American
12 Questions People in Polyamorous Relationships are Sick of Hearing – Huffington Post
7 Polyamory Myths to Stop Believing – Glamour
More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory by Franklin Veaux and Eve Rickert
The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families by Elisabeth Sheff