Polyamorous relationship is a sexual or romantic relationships that involves more than one person at a time. Poly, from the Greek word means “many or several”, and Latin amor means “love”.
It is the desire for intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the knowledge of all partners. It has been described as “consensual, ethical relationship.”
Most people who practice polyamorous are lesbian, gay, heterosexual, or bisexual, and relationships between polyamorous people can include combinations of people of different sexual orientations.
What polyamory is and what it is not
- People in polyamorous relationships may or may not be married, though people who are polyamorous incline to reject of the limitations of the social convention of marriage, and particularly, the restriction to one partner.
- Polyamory is not bigamy. The marriage to more than one person is bigamy, and it is illegal.
- Polyamory is equally not “wife-swapping,” or “swinging” in which couples in established relationships have pre-arranged casual relationships with the opposite sex partners of other couples. These arrangements both involve sex outside of a committed, legally recognized relationship, which is different from polyamory.
- Polyamory is not the same as an “open” relationship, which involves a committed couple agreeing that one or both partners are permitted to have sex with other people, without essentially sharing information on the other partners, although polyamorous couples may also have open relationships.
Sex Addiction and Polyamory
Sex addiction not a major characteristic of polyamory relationship. People in poly may not engage in an excessive sexual activity. However, people with sex addiction based on the desire for multiple partners may be drawn to polyamorous relationship.
While some polyamorous individuals emphasize the need for clear communication and boundaries among all concerned, evidently the intricacy of interrelationships between polyamorous partnerships leave some individuals susceptible to exploitation.
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While there are many people who are involved in consensual polyamorous relationships with two or more partners, there are there also many people who self-identify as polyamorous and also meet the criteria for sexual addiction. Most in the polyamory community reject the idea that polyamory and sex addiction have anything to do with one another.
According to the Polyamory Society:
“Polyamory is the non-possessive, honest, responsible and moral philosophy and practice of loving multiple people at the same time. Polyamory highlights consciously choosing how many partners one wishes to be involved with rather than accepting social norms which dictate loving only one person at a time. Polyamory is an umbrella term which incorporates traditional multi-partner relationship terms with more evolved egalitarian terms. Polyamory embraces sexual equality and all sexual orientations towards an expanded circle of spousal intimacy and love. Polyamory is from the root words Poly meaning many and Amour meaning love hence “many loves” or Polyamory. Of course, love itself is a rather vague term, but most polys appear to define it as a serious, intimate, romantic, or less stable, affectionate bond which a person has with another person or group of persons. This bond usually, though not necessarily always, involves sex. “Sexualove” or “eromance” are other words which have been coined to describe this kind of love.”