United States
April 6, 2007 5:17pm CST
If you don't know what it is the simplest definition I could give you is taken from the word itself "many loves" or the ability to be in more than one romantic, emotional relationship. It's obvious from the alarming rate of increase in divorce that our old ways of monogamy simply isn't working for everyone. Please learn about poly, ask me about it, and tell me what you think!
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@myklaire (437)
• Philippines
6 Apr 07
POlyamory is the desire, practice, or acceptance of having more than one loving, intimate relationship at a time with the full knowledge and consent of everyone involved. POlyamorous perspectives differ from monogamous perspectives, in that they respect a partner's wish to have second or further meaningful relationships and to accomodate these alongside their existing relationships. The term polyamory is sometimes abbreviated to poly, especially as a form of self-description, and is sometimes described as consensual and/or responsible non-monogamy. Polyamory is usually taken as a description of a lifestyle or relational choice and philosophy, rather than of individuals' actual relationship status at a given moment. There is a certain fluidity in its definition, to accomodate teh different shades of meaning which might be covered. Polyamorous relationships are themselves varied, reflecting the choices and philosophies of the individuals concerned. Polyamory is distinct from polygamy, being closer to a personal outlook than a predefined bonding system. It is grounded in such concepts as choice, trust, equality of freewill, and the more novel idea of compersion,rather than in cultural or religious tradition.
• United States
6 Apr 07
myklaire, thanks so much for giving a MUCH more thorough explanation of what poly is! I'm feeling rather sick today and didn't think I'd be able to express it well in more detail than the VERY sketchy one I gave. *huggles* to you!
• United States
6 Apr 07
You can also view a very interesting Montel William's show about the subject. Start here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jczh51vn5kg
@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
9 Apr 07
As long as everyone involved is a consenting adult, I have no problems with polyamory. I can't see me being involved in a polyamous relationship, but heck who knows.
• United States
7 Apr 07
I don't have any problems with poly relationships. If you are comfortable with that type of relationship, then fine by me. Some people can make it work, because they like that type of relationship. Personally however, it's not for me. I don't think I could handle two partners, I don't think I could handle having to share the my partner with another. To each their own.