Polyamorist
Polyamory (from Greek πολύ [poly], meaning "many" or "several", and Latin amor, "love") is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. It is distinct from swinging (which emphasizes sex with others as merely recreational) and may or may not include polysexuality (attraction towards multiple genders and/or sexes).
Polyamory, often abbreviated as poly, is often described as "consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy." The word is sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to sexual or romantic relationships that are not sexually exclusive, though there is disagreement on how broadly it applies; an emphasis on ethics, honesty, and transparency all around is widely regarded as the crucial defining characteristic.
The term "polyamorous" can refer to the nature of a relationship at some point in time or to a philosophy or relationship orientation (much like gender or sexual orientation). It is sometimes used as an umbrella term that covers various forms of multiple relationships; polyamorous arrangements are varied, reflecting the choices and philosophies of the individuals involved. Polyamory is a less specific term than polygamy, the practice or condition of having more than one spouse. The majority of polygamous cultures are traditionally polygynous, where one husband has multiple wives. Polyandrous societies, in which one wife has multiple husbands, are less common but do exist. Marriage is not a requirement in polyamorous relationships. The "knowledge and consent of all partners concerned" is a defining characteristic of polyamorous relationships. Distinguishing polyamory from traditional forms of non-monogamy (e.g., "cheating") is an ideology that openness, goodwill, truthful communication, and ethical behavior should prevail among all the parties involved. As of July 2009, it was estimated that more than 500,000 polyamorous relationships existed in the United States.
People who identify as polyamorous typically reject the view that sexual and relational exclusivity are necessary for deep, committed, long-term loving relationships. Those who are open to, or emotionally suited for, polyamory may embark on a polyamorous relationship when single or already in a monogamous or open relationship. Sex is not necessarily a primary focus in polyamorous relationships, which commonly consist of people seeking to build long-term relationships with more than one person on mutually agreeable grounds, with sex as only one aspect of their relationships. In practice, polyamorous relationships are highly varied and individualized according to those participating. For many, such relationships are ideally built upon values of trust, loyalty, the negotiation of boundaries, and compersion, as well as overcoming jealousy, possessiveness, and the rejection of restrictive cultural standards. Powerful intimate bonding among three or more persons may occur. The skills and attitudes needed to manage polyamorous relationships add challenges that are not often found in the traditional "dating-and-marriage" model of long-term relationships. Polyamory may require a more fluid and flexible approach to love relationship, and yet operate on a complex system of boundaries or rules. Additionally, participants in a polyamorous relationship may not have, nor expect their partners to have, preconceptions as to the duration of the relationship, in contrast to monogamous marriages where a lifelong union is generally the goal. However, polyamorous relationships can and do last many years.

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polyamorist - Medical Dictionary - The Free Dictionary
An extramarital relationship which is more driven by a desire to develop emotionally involved relationships with extramarital partners, than by physical ...
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Polyamorist Group Wants Legal Recognition For Multiple Marriages ...
Mar 21, 2013 ... WASHINGTON -- Same-sex couples are not the only ones who want government recognition of their relationships. Those in polyamarous ...
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The Polyamorist Self Improvement Program Index - Polyamory Society
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History of polyamory: How does it work? Biggest misconceptions
Mar 26, 2013 ... Are there any famous Polyamorist couples? ... Basically, Polyamorists are invested in loving relationships, just like monogamous people.
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Are You a Polyamorist? | datingish
Sep 7, 2009 ... I think Polyamorist people are those who just don't have any luck finding someone that fits their mold lol. Sooo they turn to other people. I'm fine ...
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What is a Polyamorist - Ask.com
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Polyamorist? Or Slut? | Slog - The Stranger
Feb 7, 2011 ... Hmmm: [Valentine's Day] takes work for even the most diligent Polyamorist. Take former Polyamorist Joshua Pellicer, who before settling down ...
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Polyamorists strive for legal recognition as convention wraps up | Ye ...
3 days ago ... Polyamorists -- those with multiple partners outside of a religious context -- united at a Vancouver convention this weekend, saying they hope to ...
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Polyamory is a less specific term than polygamy, the practice or condition of ...... Law: Compulsory Monogamy and Polyamorous Existence", New York University ...
Floridian: A love triangle? Try a hexagon - Tampa Bay Times
Feb 18, 2007 ... In the world of polyamory, relationships are concentric, overlapping, fluid ... including Gator Poly at the University of Florida and PolyTampa in ...
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Mar 21, 2013 ... Polyamorist Group Wants Legal Recognition For Multiple Marriages ... and the University of Kansas to conduct the March 2012 online poll, ...
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Polyamory Questionnaire. ... Nicole M. Atkins, B.S. (Portland State University) - nicole.m.atkins@gmail.com. Bjarne M. Holmes, Ph.D. (Champlain College) ...
5 Myths About Polyamory | Relationships, Sex & Love | LiveScience
Feb 14, 2013 ... Myth #3: Polyamory is a way to avoid commitment. Research by Amy Moors, a graduate student at the University of Michigan, finds that people ...
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Feb 14, 2013 ... The latter is a version of polyamory, relationships in which people have multiple ..... Stephanie Waters · Works at The University of Adelaide ...
Polyamory May Be Good for You | Love & Relationships | LiveScience
Feb 14, 2013 ... Swingers, Polyamorists and people in open relationships are ... a legal consultant and former Georgia State University professor, writing in ...
The Kinsey Institute - [Library & Special Collections]
The Kenneth R. Haslam, MD. collection at The Kinsey Institute contains materials related to polyamory. It consists of conference materials, Internet resources, ...
Polygamy, Polygyny, and Polyamory - Brandeis University
The practice of plural marriage poses ethical and legal challenges for the liberal state. Internal minorities demand the toleration of polygamous practices. Migrant ...
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Homosexuality: Explaining the Zeitgeist
Homosexuality: Explaining the Zeitgeist
Emmanuel M. Ekwo, 2010
The January 2009 edition of American Family Association Journal had a report about the so called “Polyamorist movement”. Here is an excerpt from the article: HOMOSEXUALITY Coming soon: 'Polyamorist rights'? It may only be in its ...
The philosophy of sex: contemporary readings
The philosophy of sex: contemporary readings
Alan. Soble, Nicholas P. Power, 2008
Polyamorists are enthusiastic proponents of same-sex marriage. Obviously, any attempt to restrict marriage to a single man and woman would prevent the legalization of polyamory. After passage of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, ...
Rising Up
Rising Up
Joe Perez, 2006
Gay relationships are acceptable to most people who reside at post-traditionalist stages of development; poly- amorist ... If they are ever to be accepted, then Polyamorist activists are going to have to break the silence and make their case for ...
Sexual Politics of Desire and Belonging
Sexual Politics of Desire and Belonging
Nick Rumens, Alejandro Cervantes Carson Cervantes C., 2007
strong team spirit and, finally, be committed to personal and spiritual growth.55 The author also provides an exhaustive list of amelioration activities that the aspiring Polyamorist should undertake. Among the most important and valued skills to ...
Battleground: A-G
Battleground: A-G
Kimberly P. Brackett, 2009
According to Rubin, "Polyamorists are more committed to emotional fulfillment and family building than recreational swinging" (Rubin 2001). Polyamorists follow the philosophy and practice of loving more than one person at the same time.
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Canadian polyamorists strive for legal recognition | Metro
VANCOUVER – While Canada’s Polyamorists — people with multiple partners outside a religious context — do not face criminalization as do polygamists, it is not enough for them to be considered “just not illegal,” they said on Sunday.
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Ye Olde Journalist: Polyamorists strive for legal recognition as convention wraps up
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Polyamorist Group Wants Legal Recognition For Multiple Marriages | The Colorado Observer
WASHINGTON -- Same-sex couples are not the only ones who want government recognition of their relationships. Those in polyamarous relationships do too. Loving More, a national non-profit organization based in Loveland, Colo., plans to release a survey next month of 4,000 self-identified polya
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Polyamorists strive for future legal recognition - From The Wires - Macleans.ca
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May 25, 3 Polyamorist Tips For Dating Multiple Korean Women « PUA Central
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The Solo Polyamorist is Secondary to None, Thank Goodness
Does the term 'secondary partner' imply second-class status? Maria navigates her assumptions and habits as she prioritizes time in her own relationships.
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Sex Diaries: The Bisexual Polyamorist -- Daily Intelligencer
It's the Sex and Love issue of New York this week, and for it six New Yorkers kept Sex Diaries that chronicled their sexual lives (or lack thereof) over a period of seven days. Daily Intel has even more diaries, and today we end our week of sex diaries with a big one. Here's the Bisexual Polyamorist: female, 28, lawyer, Boerum Hill, single. DAY 1 10:00 a.m.: Arrive for the weekend at a nudist swinger sauna retreat in Maine. 5:00 p.m.: Give an impromptu sexuality workshop. Two grandmothers ask for a G-spot demo.
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Love Letter From A Polyamorist | Thought Catalog
Despite the loosening of sexual restrictions in recent decades, open relationships and cheating remain highly stigmatized. However, focusing on the problem of cheating distracts us from focusing on the problem of monogamy…When every cell in [one’s] body is craving sex with someone else, monogamy begins to feel like sexual incarceration.
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The Introverted Polyamorist | Consider the Tea Cosy
Scepticism, feminism, and queeristry with an Irish bent. Expect occasional knitting, cookery and roller skates. It's all in bits, like.
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