Some Term Explanations for Clarity...

geekkink geekkink
I take my poly lifestyle very seriously. After reading through this forum and making some posts I feel I need to explains some terms.

Polyamory: Multiple Partners in a relationship. This means multiple people in a single relationship, not two people in a relationship with other partners. People in a poly relationship make all the same decisions people in regular monogamous relationships do, as a group. I want to break this one down Poly means many, amory means loves. The basic understanding of this is exactly that many loves. A group of people who all love each other, even if they are not all having sex together.

Polygamy: Multiple spouses, they don't have to like one another at all.

Polygyny/Polyandry: A man with multiple wives/ woman with multiple husbands. Gender classification of the terms.

Polytheism: Multiple gods, this doesn't mean church sanctioned polygamy.

Open Relationship: This is a when you have a primary relationship, and a partner on the side you may or may not have strong feelings for, and your primary partner doesn't either. Basically this means your primary partner doesn't care if you sleep with other people. That is the basic term.

Metamore: Your partners other partner who you love and care for but don't sleep with. Your partners other partner isn't your metamore if you wish they were dead.

Swingers: A couple that sometimes has sex with other couples, often called wife swapping. You don't have to be in relationships with these other couples.

I'll add to these as time goes on, please feel free to disagree with me, but I feel that it's important that people really understand the difference on these things, for political reasons.
08/16/2012
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Originally posted by geekkink
I take my poly lifestyle very seriously. After reading through this forum and making some posts I feel I need to explains some terms.

Polyamory: Multiple Partners in a relationship. This means multiple people in a single relationship, not two ... More
I do not know much on some of these but on the Open Relationship I do. My husband and I are in one and there are so many things that people do not know about that kind of love. We love each other more every day and there are reasons we do what we do but bottom line is that we are OPEN and HONEST about everything with each other.
Here is one way to talk about it that I found........

An open relationship is a relationship where one person does not own the other. The couple are not exclusively seeing each other and can date, flirt and hook up with other people should they wish to do so. In a true open relationship the couple will be fully honest with each other (unlike most regular relationships).

But that is not all true either in some ways. All I can say is that we are open with each other and do not hide anything from the other. I love him with all of me and he loves me with all of himself, we also love to have choice when it comes to sex with someone.
08/17/2012
KrissyNovacaine KrissyNovacaine
Ethical Non-Monogamy:
Any non-monogamous relationship where everyone has informed consent about sexuality outside of the couple.
08/17/2012
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Compersion: the opposite of jealousy- i'm happy that you are happy.
feeling empathy(positive) for a persons joy and happiness
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