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What is Polyamory?

Polyamory refers to romantic love with more than one person, honestly, ethically, and with the full knowledge and consent of all concerned. Polyamory often involves multiple long-term committed relationships, either separately or together, but it can also come in many different forms. Some examples are: Open polyamory (committed open relationship or open marriage), in which the partners involved remain open to the possibility of additional loves and relationships. Polyfidelity, in which three or more people commit to having a closed relationship with each other and not getting involved with anyone outside the group. Single polyamorists, who may have several loves without a primary commitment to any one person, and who may or may not be looking for long-term partnership.

What’s the point of polyamory — sex with lots of people?
Is polyamory a fancy word for cheating?
What’s the difference between polyamory and swinging?
Are polyamorous people really just afraid of commitment?
Can you have real intimacy in polyamorous relationships?
Do people involved in open polyamory bring… umm… lovers right home while their partner is there?
Does everyone in a poly relationship have sex with each other?
Do you have to be bisexual?
How do you have time for more than one relationship?
Is polyamory an innate orientation?

For some it seems to be, for others not. Some people, Loving More believes, are indeed polyamorous by nature. Despite good hearts and good intentions they repeatedly fail at monogamy, or live miserable lives if they do manage to stay romantically exclusive. For others, polyamory is a deliberate philosophical choice. While satisfied with a monogamous lifestyle, they conclude that having a wider view of love opens the way to a better way of life. The evidence seems to be that some people are just not wired for monogamy and need more than one love to feel complete as a person. Others simply see monogamy not working very well and choose polyamory. Whether polyamory is an orientation or not, we should all have the right to choose how we love and conduct our relationships.

Are polyamorous people simply promiscuous?
Do polyamorous people get jealous?
Do polyamorous people get jealous?
Do polyamorous people get jealous?
What about AIDS and other STIs?
What Types of Systems do You Support?
What about family do polyamorous people marry, have kids, and all that?
Does polyamory harm the children?
Do, or should, children know about their parents’ polyamory lovestyle?

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

a Movie Review by Robyn Trask It is refreshing to see a movie where a polyamorous relationship is shown as simply a part of the overall fabric of the character’s lives. Professor Marston & the Wonder Women is about the creator of Wonder Woman and his relationships with Elizabeth Holloway Marston, his legal wife, and […]

The Passing of a Polyamory Trailblazer

Dear Loving More Community, It is with a heavy heart that I bring the sad news that Deborah “Taj” Anapol has passed away. She was a major trailblazer for the modern polyamory movement, a sacred sex teacher, a spokesperson for polyamory, the author of one of the first published books on polyamory, Love Without Limits […]


Growing Up in a Group Marriage

One day in the summer of 1971, my parents held hands, closed their eyes and jumped out of their conventional marriage into something strange and new. I was 9 years old at the time, and we were camping at Betsy Lake in the High Unitas Wilderness with another family of five. We were halfway into […]

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