What is Polyamory

Polyamory (from Greek poly, meaning many or several, and Latin amor, meaning love) is the practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.
People who identify as polyamorous reject the view that sexual and relational exclusivity are necessary for deep, committed, long-term loving relationships.
For most polyamorous people, the values of consent, agency, ethics and personal responsibility are as important (if not more important) as the opportunity to have multiple intimate partners. As such, while “cheating” (breaking the agreements of a relationship) may be non-monogamous behaviour, is not ethical or consensual, so is not considered polyamory. Similarly, abusive behaviour or callous disregard to the feelings of others is also unethical and should not be tolerated in any type of relationship/s.
Being polyamorous does not mean never feeling jealousy, but requires working through those feelings responsibly if/when they emerge.
Polyamory is not for everyone. Many people have honest, stable, egalitarian and fulfilling monogamous relationships or happy and satisfying lives being unpartnered.
The philosophies and tools used by polyamorous people to successfully navigate multiple simultaneous intimate relationships are often just as helpful for people in other relationship settings, including monogamous relationships, families, workplaces and communities.

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