Our Definition

A style of Ethical Non-monogamy involving the practice of, or desire for, intimate (often romantic and/or sexual) relationships with more than one partner, with the informed consent of all partners involved.

Common Practices

Everyone is different! You'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary. Common polyamory practices include, but certainly aren't limited to:
  • Emphasis on communication between all partners or prospective partners
  • An awareness that one-size does not fit all for relationships
  • Focus on getting one’s needs met by having a variety of partners who may be capable of meeting different needs.
  • Identifying with polyamory regardless of current partners, similar to orientation. 

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Real Life Examples

We're gathering short anecdotes on this topic from experienced kinksters!
If you'd like to be quoted in our glossary, please email us a single paragraph describing the practices you'd like to share, along with whatever name you'd like to be credited with.
If your definition differs from ours, tell us how and why! We want to illustrate as many sides of kink as we can to both normalize kink and the diversity within it.

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