How do you refer to your relationship?

fizzygato fizzygato 02/09/2013

What is the difference between polyamorous and non-exclusive?

Which do you identify as? I'm wondering because I know someone who says they don't ID as polyamorous and refuse to, but identify as non-exclusive, but seem to act like they're poly. I'm not sure what the difference is.

Are you adamant about your relationship terminology, and if so, which term do you ID with?

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fizzygato fizzygato
Which term do you identify with?

Is there a difference to you, and what is the difference? Which do you prefer and why?
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Airen Wolf , smlove , DoneWithAlltheLies , Tasty Latina , pinkpottergirl , Mistress M. , new nick
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mystepmotherisafish , ac0313
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IvyFayette , noway , LittleHouse , Missmarc , dv8 , comatose-kitty , SecretKinksters , chicmichiw , bog , XxFallenAngelxX , Stinkytofu10 , *Camoprincess* , sktb0007 , captainsgirl , gwenrox , hillys , Stagger13
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amazon , Terri69 , brevado , SecondStory , souviet , Incendiaire
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Total votes: 32
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Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
I refer to our relationship as poly because we are polyamorous. We are non-exclusive to be sure and Sigel rarely develops more than friendly feelings for his playmates but we are open to the possibility of love. I love Sigel and Arch. Arch loves me and cares deeply for Sigel, and the same is true for Sigel.

I think the reason I consider us poly is we are open to the possibility of loving more and content with the loves we have currently.
02/09/2013
IvyFayette IvyFayette
It depends to me on the people who I am with. If love is involved with multiple people than poly but if it's only playmates I consider it non-exclusive.
02/14/2013
ac0313 ac0313
Non-exclusive or open relationship. We are not poly...at least not now/yet...since neither of us love any of our other partners. We have FWBs, playmates, and boy/girl friends, but the relationships we develop outside of ourselves are short of the loving relationships that we consider to be compulsory to be poly.

Regardless, labels are really only good for outsiders to possibly understand the dynamics and boundaries of your relationship without having to spend an hour explaining all the words needed for them to comprehend!
02/27/2013
bog bog
Quote:
Originally posted by fizzygato
Which term do you identify with?

Is there a difference to you, and what is the difference? Which do you prefer and why?
I tend to just refer to my partners as my "friends" - not big on labels. I was with a primary partner not so long ago who was really into labels, and we said "open relationship" worked...
02/27/2013
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
Quote:
Originally posted by fizzygato
Which term do you identify with?

Is there a difference to you, and what is the difference? Which do you prefer and why?
other.
02/27/2013
gwenrox gwenrox
I agree that it is really hard to define what exactly it means to be poly. My husband and have only recently considered using it as a definition for our relationship, and then again, all definitions are tricky. I could write paragraphs trying to explain my primary relationship. Poly usually works better for us because when we say "open relationship", people tend to assume that we are either swingers or that one of us is cheating on the other.
03/05/2013
Stagger13 Stagger13
Quote:
Originally posted by fizzygato
Which term do you identify with?

Is there a difference to you, and what is the difference? Which do you prefer and why?
It depends-exclusive I guess.
03/05/2013
smlove smlove
my wife and I are poly. we have many loves and play partners, but we haven't had any serious partners yet.
03/06/2013
pinkpottergirl pinkpottergirl
We are poly, but not open per say. We are a triad and happy with only having each other
08/25/2013
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