Polyamory might sound a bit like polygamy, but it’s a more general term and deserves more consideration than the harsh reputation often associated with polygamy. Polyamory is the practice of having more than one love relationship at the same time. Polyamory focuses more on honesty and being fair to everyone involved. There are also fewer gender-specific problems and legal issues.

The basis of polyamorous philosophy is this simple question: is a monogamous couple really the only way of living together, as traditional ideology would have us believe? Polyamory acknowledges that feelings (LOTS of feelings) are involved in sex, and tries not to get all freaked out by that. Many polyamorous people often carry on several long-term relationships at once. Meaning they take on the responsibility of all of the complexity, boredom, conflict, jealousy, honesty, sharing and mundane rituals as everyone else; except with more than one person..

Polyamory claims that jealousy is something that should be addressed with honest communication, not ignored. Loyalty is defined by respect and commitment, and not only by actions taken. Research has shown that children of polyamorous relationships don’t actually suffer in any of the ways previously claimed.

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