• Maven (famous)
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    881 month ago

    This is a bad post. Polyamory is NOT about sex and it’s NOT a fetish.

    It can work extremely well and be extremely loving if done correctly. The problem is, it’s not as easy as people often think it is when trying to idealize it.

    Communication is extremely important in every relationship and that only multiplies when you have more than one partner.

    If you have a feeling of jealousy… Talk about it…

    If you don’t think your partner is spending enough time with you… Talk about it…

    If you aren’t enjoying sex with your partner… TALK ABOUT IT!

    I’ve been with my fiancé for almost 4 years, my bf and I are celebrating our 1 year next month, and I have a new first date next Wednesday. My fiancé has even been with their nesting partner (who is monogamous) for 8 years now.

    This all happened because we have clear ground rules and boundaries as well as active communication.

    I’ve never felt more loved than when my fiancé helped me pick out my outfit for my first date with my bf.

    I love them both so tremendously and it pisses me off when people tell me that isn’t possible or that all I care about is sex.

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      I think there are an unfortunate number of monogamous people who decide to try polyamory to fix or hold on to a dying relationship. It’s not a surprise that that often goes extremely poorly. It’s not for everyone and it’s not gonna fix any problems.

      I’ve dated a couple of people who are poly, and while I’d always been in monogamous relationships, I was open to the idea. I don’t think love is a finite resource, and I’m not a jealous person at all, and it turns out, it doesn’t bother me at all. I also stay well away from anyone who thrives on drama, so all involved were very honest and adult about the whole thing. I wasn’t in a good headspace for any relationship at the time, so it didn’t work, but I’d absolutely be willing to try it again.

      • Maven (famous)
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        It’s really awesome that you noticed your own needs and put those first. That’s really awesome and I’m proud of you for doing so.

    • @Crackhappy
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      My nesting partner and I do not have a sexual relationship anymore, and that’s totally fine. We’re still in love and enjoy spending lots of time together. Polyamory is not about sex. I have other sexual partners sometimes, and that’s fine. My NP also has a girlfriend who she doesn’t have sex with either, and they get along like gangbusters.

      • Maven (famous)
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        171 month ago

        Exactly! Sex is completely unrelated to the process as a whole.

        It’s gross how often people think that being in love is just to have someone to fuck.

        • @[email protected]
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          For a lot of people partnerships, cohabitation, and sex are ALL conflated into one big, messy thing. For a lot of men there’s an amount of ownership in there too.

    • @BonesOfTheMoonOP
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      31 month ago

      I posed it as a question for a reason. I can say every poly relationship I have known has ended in flames, but I’m open to all opinions.

      But there is no question some people should just get divorced.

      • @[email protected]
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        121 month ago

        I can say every poly relationship I have known has ended in flames

        I strongly dislike this trope. Most monogamous relationships also end badly. Relationships are hard.

        • @BonesOfTheMoonOP
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          Well they have is all I can say. Two of them ended particularly badly when the person in them who encouraged the poly relationship up and left the person they invited to be poly. My one friend ended up suddenly homeless when her poly couple threw her out after she had moved across country to be with them, and another who had been encouraged by his wife to practice being poly ended up having said wife vacate the premises while he was away for a weekend and empty their bank account and change her number and vanish. Like it was pretty bad.

          • @[email protected]
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            Right, but you surely have also seen many monogamous relationships also end badly.

            Both of those examples could easily have happened with monogamy.

            I could rattle off a bunch of poly relationships that have gone well. I know some folks that are raising a kid. They both have other partners. They’re all pretty happy. Been so for years

            Another couple has also been together for years. The one of them has had other relationships for years while the other focused on her career. For the last year or two she’s got more time and is exploring dating. She’s having a blast. They’re all very happy.

            There’s a friend I’ve known for years that’s done poly the whole time. He’s had some breakups over the years, but that’s just normal relationship stuff. None of them were to my knowledge catastrophic.

            I can also rattle off monogamous relationships that went badly.

            It’s absurd to be like “monogamous relationships sometimes end badly. Poly relationships sometimes end badly. The poly ones are due to poly.”

    • @Cyberflunk
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      21 month ago

      Mah people represent 🥹

    • @Mango
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      What if I wanna talk and they don’t?

      • Maven (famous)
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        As with any relationship, you can either decide it’s not worth it to keep bringing up… Or if it matters a lot to you, you can break up.

        Sometimes, even with a lot of communication, the relationship just doesn’t work. Not everyone is meant to be. Sometimes your needs are very different from your partner(s) needs and separation is the best way to make you both happier in the long run.

  • @MrJameGumb
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    If people want to practice polyamory I suppose that’s their business. I personally have known a lot of people who turned their lives upside down to be in polyamorous relationships and they generally always fall apart over jealousy. One person always ends up feeling left out usually.

    If you want that and you can make it work though then more power to you!

    • @MissJinx
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      Also if sex is all there is holding your relationship together you are fucked

    • Ada
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      I guarantee you know more monogamous people who have lost their relationships to jealousy.

      This isn’t a polyamory issue

    • @BonesOfTheMoonOP
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      I think it’s different for bi people maybe, but I can say everyone i know who has done it has broken up.

      • @MrJameGumb
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        I had a roommate who was bi and he moved like 4 states away to be in a poly relationship with like 5 other people and he moved into their house with them and everything. I saw an update from him that they had broken up and he was moving again like 3 months after that! It honestly just sounds exhausting

        • Pennomi
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          101 month ago

          That’s not a poly problem, it is a possibility in any long distance relationship.

        • @BonesOfTheMoonOP
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          That sounds…gross.

          My friend moved to be part of a throuple across the country, with a husband and wife couple, and in two months he had kicked my friend out when she had nowhere to go.

      • Staden_ スタデン
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        101 month ago

        Me and my two boyfriends are bisexual. We have been on a long distance relationship for almost 2 years and there never was a issue with jealousy between us. We are a family. We love each other and all we want is to stay with each other.

        • @captainlezbian
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          81 month ago

          I’ve been with my wife for 5 years and have been poly from the start. My gf and I have been together for nearly as long and her and my wife get along as do I and her husband

        • @[email protected]
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          11 month ago

          It sounds like you might be a women from context, given you stated you are bi and have two boyfriends do you ever feel like you’re missing out on not having a girlfriend to fill in that need?

          • Staden_ スタデン
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            There is no “need” to be filled. Having a girlfriend could be nice, but never during our time together I felt like I was missing out.

        • @[email protected]
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          11 month ago

          Out of curiosity, since they way you put it it’s “the three of us” which sound beautiful: How would you (meaning two of you) handle it if one of the others wanted to break out? I mean, break-ups happen, so I’m just wondering if you’ve ever thought about how you would handle being the “only two left” in that kind of scenario?

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            Sincerely, I’ve never thought much about it. It doesn’t seem like something that would happen to us.

            But I have two friends who are a couple and have tried adding a third person to the relationship, but after some time this person ended breaking up with both of them. It was sad as any break up would be, but the two are still together.

      • @paddirn
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        This time it’ll be different though, I swear. Your sister is like family, it’ll be fine.

    • Maven (famous)
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      I’ve been poly for 5ish years now and never had an issue. I’m engaged and I also have an amazing bf. It’s a lot of work but… It’s amazingly worth it when it works. I love my partners so much and I’m glad they have other people around them that can make them as happy as they can be.

  • Hegar
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    There is a real phenomenon where many people try polyamory before they accept that their original relationship should end, then go back to just being single or start a different monogamous relationship.

    This “transitional” polyamory is often looked down on but I think it’s another honest attempt to deal with the pressures and problems of expected monogamy.

    • @BonesOfTheMoonOP
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      My friend did it. Initially it was because her SO became basically asexual and she was trying to make it work while also meeting her own needs, and she ended up leaving him for her polyamorous partner and they got married and have been together for ages and had a baby. Sometimes the way on is the way out I guess.

    • @[email protected]
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      And this is exactly why obsessive polygamy monogamy is actually pretty toxic when you think about it. This kind of experience could also reasonably lead back to your partner, along with a renewed sense of dedication, if such a lapse of judgement was tolerated the way basically every other misstep in a marriage or serious relationship is tolerated.

      I see couples forgive way worse shit than a bit of meaningless infidelity on a routine basis.

      • Hegar
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        I’m not sure what you mean by obsessive polygamy.

        Do you mean people who feel strongly about having multiple wives or husbands? People who have many previous marriages? People who obsessively collect spouses? 😄

  • Mossy Feathers (They/Them)
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    There’s also asexuality. Love your partner but don’t wanna fuck 'em? Get a divorce you deviant! Because apparently sex is required for a happy marriage and if you don’t have sex because you’re not interested in it, then you’re obviously a pervert or a prude who deserves to be unloved.

    • @[email protected]
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      Unless you’re both asexual, or are open to the sexual one fucking around, you probably should get a divorce though

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        Unless you’re both asexual, or are open to the sexual one fucking around,

        Yeah, but then you get back to the person in OP’s post telling people to get a divorce regardless. My point is that you can have a happy marriage and be poly and/or ace.

        Edit: Also, I’d think that issue would come up long before marriage and would likely be solved by that point.

    • @BonesOfTheMoonOP
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      I think there is another side to that though that the non-asexual partner is probably often not very happy.

      • @[email protected]
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        Ironically this is one of those things that’s easier to deal with in a poly context - your partner isn’t your one and only so if they’re ace and you’re not, you’re allowed to get those needs met elsewhere and still have a loving romantic relationship with them.

      • Mossy Feathers (They/Them)
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        One would hope that you’d solve issues like that before getting married. Whether that means an open marriage, having a partner who’s also ace, finding ways to fulfill your partners needs without having sex yourself, etc.

        You’re not wrong, but I think most married couples that involve someone who’s ace would have that problem solved by the time they get to marriage.

        • @[email protected]
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          Yeah.

          I think “love your partner, but don’t wanna fuck 'em” implies you’ve already failed in this regard.

      • SuiXi3D
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        Why isn’t the partner doing the same in that situation?

  • @[email protected]
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    I have nothing against practical monogamy save for this. You must free the ones you love before they can freely choose you.

    It’s why insisting on lifetime guarantees of sole-possession is the worst possible way to soothe your jealousy or fear of abandonment.

    If you can’t let go of that fear long enough to put someone else’s happiness first, it doesn’t matter how many oaths, contracts or incentives you use to fortify your conquest. You will never know what real trust feels like.

    • @[email protected]
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      (Pre-edit: this became much longer than intended. You struck a chord in me it seems.)

      You’ve articulated this so very well. It’s a lesson that took me many years to learn and comes with the prerequisite of respecting yourself and respecting your partner to such a degree that the relationship comes second for both of you. Each person’s first priority should be themselves. Both parties need to respect that to the point of accepting that staying together is not a given and is contingent on both parties being fully satisfied with the direction your lives together is heading.

      The funny thing is that I’ve never felt more confident in my relationship since learning that. I used to think that’s putting the relationship second to yourself is antithetical to commitment but actually it’s the other way around. The only way to fully commit to a relationship is to make sure that maintaining it is a concious choice rather than an expectation or given.

      The way my dad illustrated this lesson in my youth (and I took the advice but only recently learned the full meaning of it) is like this: life is a journey down a road with many crossroads. Should you find a partner, you walk together. If you hit a crossroad and can’t agree on a direction then thank each other for the lovely journey together but let them follow their own path. Find that partner that is going to the same destination and you’ll have found happiness in love.

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        I like that analogy. Is the blessing of a traveling companion measured by miles shared? Of course not. They had and will have their own adventures apart from yours. Pretending otherwise is just immature, but demanding otherwise is selfish.

        Yet many do. “Me or no one” exclusivity under “till death” contracts are considered normal. The coercive nature of these relationship parameters are rarely considered, and neither is their cost, many of which relate to consent.

        This is where I usually get pushback so I’ll explain. For simplicity, consider the typical (sexual) consent scenario, where Alice gives Bob consent but withdraws it later. Can Bob retain her consent by getting her to sign a written contract? No. But what if the contract just prevented her from leaving? Again, no. But what if the contract specified an incentive she forfeits by leaving? Legal, but no. But what if the contract made him her only option without forfeiture? Again, legal, but no.

        Perhaps, having signed such a contract, Alice might acquiesce, and may even be enthusiastic at times. But sadly, Bob just put a lot of effort into making it difficult for him to ever know for sure, because “to have and to hold” Alice was more important to him than her freedom and happiness.

        This is why I insist on relationships that are explicitly open from the start. It’s not important to me to have multiple partners, but it is absolutely essential to me to be chosen freely. Not in exchange for anything. Not to fulfill a promise, duty, or obligation. Simply their current preference and desire. The result is I can be certain in each moment that my partners want me for me. Not my status or money or security I provide. Just me. And my life is so much better for it, because that kind of trust is precious and, apparently, quite rare.

      • @dejected_warp_core
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        Thank you for posting this. I’m on something of a journey myself, and needed this advice.

    • @[email protected]
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      Marriage isn’t about claiming someone else for yourself. It’s about pledging yourself to another.

  • @Ultragigagigantic
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    Shitting on Poly people seems still fashionable.

    I think I understand why people hate on them. First, cheaters in monogamous relationships. What people don’t realize is that there are cheaters in Poly relationships to. It’s actually a ton of extra work making sure everyone and their wishes are respected.

    Second, religious fundamentalists. People think of Mormons mostly when thinking of Poly people. Misogyny, religous indoctrination, all the worst shit you can think of. Not all Poly people are religious you know.

    Polyamorus people deserve marriage equality. They deserve to love the way they want.

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      I think a lot of people have the experience of dating someone who does not reveal they are poly until it is too “late.” I have a friend who is constantly meeting people and then learning that they already have a boyfriend, which is extremely frustrating.

      My ex husband also decided that he wanted to be poly. I was okay with it (I had no interest in pursuing other relationships myself) - but then he decided to throw our marriage away so he could chase legal teens half our age…

      The worst part is that you are supposed to feel “compersion” or something. It wasn’t enough to let my husband fuck teenagers, I had to be happy about it. It made me feel absolutely horrible and devastated my self esteem.

      The poly lifestyle also sort of encourages you to view relationships as means to an end and disposable. You see this person for your sex needs, this person for your emotional needs and so on. It’s not a lifetime partnership.

      • @HessiaNerd
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        Relationships are a lot of hard work. I don’t get where people get the time to do that with multiple partners.

    • @bitwaba
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      Ive seen about 5 open marriage relationships first hand as part of my social circle, and maybe another 10 open dating relationships in the same expanded social circle. All hetero relationships, and I’d say slightly more than half of them were initiate by the woman. All “progressive” / non-religious poly.

      This has been about a 15 year period, and every single one of those relationships at this point is over, or on deaths door.

      My closest friend at one point was one of those, and I watched him slowly get more and more depressed over 6-8 months before opening up to me about it. He was critical of me passing judgement on poly relationships until I told him “OTHER people are capable of poly relationships. YOU are not.” And that’s really my only criticism to poly stuff. It is possible to be two well adjusted people participating in a long term mutually consensual polyamorus relationship. But those are about as common as rolling a natural 20 in the sample set of poly relationships. The rest are just headed for the garbage and at least one person in the relationship already knows it.

      Real Polyamorus deserve marriage equality and to love the way they want. Most of the others are just virtue signaling and wearing it like a fashion statement, which is why they get made fun of.

    • DumbAceDragon
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      Hating Mormons for polyamory is like hating Hitler for being vegan.

  • @gmtom
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    My opinion is fuck people like this that want you to conform to their standards of what a relationship is.

    If you can have a happy and healthy relationship with someone without having sex with them? That awesome and you don’t have to give a single shit what losers like the OOP think about you.

  • @captainlezbian
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    Maybe. If you don’t want to fuck anyone you should probably get depression treatment before a divorce. If you want to fuck someone new and not your wife then divorce. If you want both, nonmonogamy may be for you, but polyamory involves far less sex than you hope.

    • @BonesOfTheMoonOP
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      Hmm that’s interesting. I thought it was mostly sexual.

      • @captainlezbian
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        There are people like that. You hear about their new partners all the time and see them constantly looking for new partners. That’s not because poly is like that, but because these are the same people who would be serially monogamous if they wanted monogamy.

        For me, monogamy just felt too restrictive. My wife and I both broke up with people who wanted monogamy not long before meeting and have always been poly. As a 22 year old I loved the idea of sex, but nearing 30 I love that I can have multiple happy and long term relationships. I love the fact that I could fall in love with someone new without risking losing my wife who I love dearly and cherish. And yeah I’ve been in two happy relationships for about 5 years now. And both my partners like each other and I like my girlfriend’s husband

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          Well at least you’re the girlfriend’s boyfriend, not her husband, lol.

          • @captainlezbian
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            I’m her girlfriend and her husband is quite happy with the situation. Just as she’s been when he’s had other partners. He actually set us up. The only reason he’s not seeing anyone else at the moment is that nobody else has really gotten his attention. Same reason my wife isn’t seeing anyone else at the moment. If my wife were to be interested in someone I’d encourage it, I love her and want her to pursue what her heart desires.

            It’s annoying when monogamous people act like we’re all lying about experiencing compersion.

            • @Wandering_Uncertainty
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              It’s annoying when monogamous people act like we’re all lying about experiencing compersion.

              Man, do I feel this. Why is it so hard to believe that people can feel differently about things?

              No, I’m not jealous and afraid my wife is going to leave me if she has sex with someone else. She isn’t when I do that, either.

              We’ll eagerly discuss all the juicy details. She loves hearing about my adventures. She’s more shy, so I hear more about who she’d like to be with rather than actual adventures. We both giggle and discuss people we’d totally bang and there really actually isn’t an undercurrent of anxiety about it.

              If I found someone that I started to fall in love with, isn’t that an awesome thing? Love is wonderful! And the sort of person that I could love would be someone that my wife would, at the very least, like. How does this not sound like a wonderful situation to people?

              Monogamy doesn’t make sense to me, though I respect people’s right to feel the way they do. If they feel jealousy, that’s allowed. If they think it’s better to have jealousy, then I’m confused, but whatever.

              It’s just weird that feeling differently gets such negative reactions and accusations of lying.

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                Exactly! Like, I get that some people are very bad at polyamory and are total wrecks about it. Those people weren’t good at monogamy either. It’s easy for casual acquaintances to miss that I’m poly because it’s not causing problems in my life. I have far more romantic problems from my wife’s clinical depression (that she’s had her whole life) and my girlfriend’s abundance of children (also not related to her polyamory) than I do from jealousy or anything like that.

                Fuck I’m the boring old married lady even next to some monogamous friends of mine. We don’t do the whole juicy talk thing, but we do get happy at the other’s happiness.

              • Maven (famous)
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                Everything you said here was so good honestly.

                I am extremely happy whenever my partners find someone who can help make them as happy as I try to. I want my partners to have the happiest possible life ever and it’s unfair to everyone involved to stop them from being able to get that happiness.

                I think something a lot of monogamous people forget when talking about poly is that jealousy is a pretty natural thing to happen… Even in polyamorous relationships.

                I’ve felt jealous before in my situation, the difference is that I talked with my partners and found a good solution and set of boundaries that made everyone happy vs trying to control their time and life.

                I said this in another comment but the most loved I’ve ever felt was when my fiancé helped me pick out my outfit for my first date with my bf (who I’m also to a year with!!). I also love helping them both with their relationship struggles and life issues and so on. I love them both tremendously.

              • Kaity
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                Growing up in the shroud of monogamy, there is something very freeing and beautiful when I talked to my gf about talking to someone seriously and saying I liked them and wanted to date them. Her encouraging me and celebrating and smiling with me when we both finally had the courage to tell each other our feelings. Helpfully nudged by my boyfriend who clearly noticed we were falling for each other.

                I have a lot of love to give, I cherish all of my partners. They are my closest friends and supporters and I welcome the diversity of my desires and needs.

                It can be really hard to deal with too, having multiple relationships is something you really really need to work with and takes a lot of attention and care to do it right.

            • @[email protected]
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              I feel like compersion is one of those things people can’t really “get” until they experience it themselves

              • @captainlezbian
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                That’s totally fair, but also I think a lot of people need to accept that they don’t need to get something to respect it or believe people expressing it. Look at the comments in this thread, there’s polyamorous people explaining our feelings and reasoning next to people asserting that they think it’s just a fetish.

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                  I completely agree, but it’s a big ask of some people for them to respect something they don’t even think is real. If they get some sort of basis for understanding, it’s at least possible then.

      • @[email protected]
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        for a lot of people in long term polyamory, it’s about intimacy, which sex is part of. even if you have relationships that are primarily about fun sexy times, you’re probably going to do a lot of scheduling to maintain those relationships, or find new ones.

      • @[email protected]
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        And today you learned you thought wrong.

        You may be thinking of “swinging” or some other variant of non monogamy.

      • @NeptuneOrbit
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        The old saw is that its mostly scheduling and deconflicting

      • @[email protected]
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        Don’t worry it’s just like when furries say it’s not sexual

        Like OK we’ll nod and smile and maybe they’re the golden case but everyone else is sex obsessed - poly community drama is always about sex.

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        It’s not mostly sexual, it’s entirely sexual. As in, sex is the entire point of being in any kind of non-monogamous relationship.

        You know what you call a relationship that doesn’t have sex? A platonic friendship. If it really wasn’t about the sex, then they would call them friends.

        EDIT: I see I’ve gotten the polysexual people angry with pointing out their bullshit. :D

        • Kaity
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          Do you think monogamous relationships are all about sex? I think you think that love is all about sex, and you’re wrong in thinking that is a general truth. In actuality I honestly find your point of view disturbing.

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            A power outage killed my response as I was writing, so I’m going to try to remember the salient points. There’s a lot to unpack here.

            Do you think monogamous relationships are all [emphasis added] about sex?

            All about sex? No. BUT sex–and specifically the lack of sex with other people–is the single defining characteristic of a monogamous relationship. If there is neither sex, nor is there a limitation on having sex with other people, then it’s not a monogamous relationship. Love is hopefully a component of a monogamous relationship, but it’s not necessary to love your partner to be in a monogamous relationship.

            I think you think that love is all about sex

            I love my parents. I’m not in a polysexual relationship with them. (…Thank fuck, ew.)

            I love my friend Jeff like the brother I wish I had. I’m not in a multiamorous relationship with him.

            I love my spouse. I am in a monogamous relationship with them.

            Being in a monogamous relationship with my spouse does not mean that I can not love other people. Being monogamous with my spouse doesn’t mean that I can’t still love my parents, or Jeff. It doesn’t even mean that I can’t be physically or sexually attracted to other people. It does mean that I can’t have sex with any other people, and it means that engaging in activities with other people that are sexual or are otherwise linked to erotic–romantic–love would put me on very, very thin ice. A private dance that I paid for at a club? Probably okay, but very questionable. Getting (consensually) fingered by a dancer? Definitely not okay. Getting a private dance from someone that I also have a deep personal friendship with? That’s several flyover states away from okay.

            So, then, if sex is not a defining characteristic, a necessary prerequisite, of a multiamorous relationship, then how does it differ from the love that I feel for my parents, or for my closest friends? I said, “[…] sex is the entire point of being in any kind of non-monogamous relationship.” I stand by this, because once you remove all of the sexual elements, it is no longer any different from a platonic love. It is the sexual element that makes it a different kind of relationship entirely. The only things that you cannot do with a platonic friend, and have the relationship remain platonic, is anything erotic.

            Deeply intimate relationships can be entirely platonic; my friendship with Jeff is frequently very intimate, because we can both discuss deeply person, painful things with the other without fear of judgement or loss of that intimacy. My spouse has been developing very intimate relationships with some of the people that they work with; that does not affect our monogamy. Citing intimacy as a primary driver for polysexual relationships simply isn’t plausible. If intimacy is what they want, then, again, why does the relationship need to be non-monogamous, since monogamy goes not exclude other emotionally intimate relationships? If you can have non-sexual cuddling–which I’m told is a thing, and–as an autistic person–sounds like absolute hell–then what, exactly, do you gain from being multiamorous other than the ability to choose to have sex with more than one person?

            Exactly what do you suppose is the difference between multiple deeply intimate platonic friendships and a multiamorous relationship?

            Revisiting

            I think you think that love is all about sex

            and connecting that to the original point of the meme, I do think that if your partner makes a unilateral choice to discontinue all sexual activity, that no person should be expected to be bound to their original agreement to be monogamous. If your spouse is no longer willing to have sex with you (and I don’t mean at any particular time, I mean in general), then they also lose any right to have any say in who you do have sex with.

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              So yeah it’s pretty clear your polyphobic and do conflate romantic relationships with being sexual.

              Ask other people about their views on monogamy and I think you can find some that would call your emotional dependence on friends cheating. Clearly a red flag for most and abusive, but your post is a big red flag for me as well.

              I have some questions for you,

              Is going on a date with a friend ok? Is kissing someone romantically ok? Is cuddling and holding hands ok? Is emotional dependence ok? Is flirting ok? Is going on a vacation with them ok?

              Exactly what do you suppose is the difference between multiple deeply intimate platonic friendships and a multiamorous relationship?

              Romance and sex

              I won’t deny that for me personally as a sexual person there is also a sexual element, but one of my partners is ace so for her it’s all romantic.

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                you can find some that would call your emotional dependence on friends cheating.

                …Wut? How am I emotionally dependent on them? It’s an intimate relationship, not a co-dependent one. Taking the view that a close and deep friendship is emotional dependence is a rather grim view, don’t you think?

                Is going on a date with a friend ok? Is kissing someone romantically ok? Is cuddling and holding hands ok? Is emotional dependence ok? Is flirting ok? Is going on a vacation with them ok?

                I’m going to briefly interject: romance is sex without the denoument. Romance is sexual. A person that says they’re asexual can give and receive a lap dance, and yet a lap dance is still fundamentally sexual.

                If you call it a date, and label it as a romantic activity? No. If you’re going out with a friend to do something you are both interested in doing? Yes. Dates are about intent.

                Is kissing someone romantically okay? No, because romance is fundamentally about sexuality.

                Is cuddling and holding hands okay? It depends on intent. Is it intended romantically by either person? Then no. Otherwise? Yes.

                Is emotional dependence okay? No. But that’s not okay in a relationship either. No person should ever have their emotional well-being dependent on another.

                Is flirting okay? No, again, that’s fundamentally about sex and sexuality. (Which should be obvious, since people of all genders mistake simply being friendly for flirting, and vice versa, all the time.)

                Is going on a vacation with them ok? Of course it is, when it’s something that my partner has zero interest in.

                So yeah it’s pretty clear your [sic] polyphobic

                …How so, exactly? You’re more than welcome to do as you choose, and I have zero interest in stopping you. Assuming that everyone is enthusiastically consenting, it is neither my circus, nor my monkeys. Edit: My spouse is free to do as they please as well; should they choose to have multiple partners, that is there choice. I will immediately leave, but I won’t stop them.

                On the other hand, I think that it’s absolutely delusional to claim that sex is not the defining factor in multiamorous relationships, and to insist that all other people accept that delusion as gospel truth. I was, for a number of years, in multiamorous relationships. I noted that, in all of my partners, and in all of the other multiamorous people I knew, people were always open–at least some degree–to the next new-shiny. Time is zero-sum; you can’t put in time with your new-shiny without also taking time away from somewhere else. That didn’t bother me for a long time, because I was the same. Then it did bother me, because I realized that what I could never find stability in that.;I could never count on being anyone’s first priority all of the time, nor could I ever reasonably promise that to anyone. (Of course, you can’t truly find that in monogamy either. But monogamy as least has that veneer, even if people don’t always live up to the ideal they claim.)

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                  How am I emotionally dependent on them?

                  That wasn’t meant as an accusation or anything, nor was I claiming you had or have an unhealthy emotional dependence. There are certainly stages to intimacy, emotionally, romantic, and sexually.

                  And that really helps tie together what I am trying to explain here. No partnership is inherently anything, people have different needs, desires, and experience the world in vastly different ways. People have varying degrees of emotions, romanticism, and sexuality. Your responses and how you said them did appear phobic or angry/dismissive at the least so that’s why I decided I should just dismiss you as a person disrespecting of my lifestyle.

                  I think it is clear to me now you either had a bad experience and were traumatized by a poor partner, or simply realized you were monogamous. That is totally ok, I’m glad you realize who you are and are happy with it. Though it is certainly easier desiring a societal norm, see our discussion on what I am, where I am defending and trying to explain the vastness of experiences I and others have. You don’t ever have to defend monogamy in our society. As for your views on relationships and sexuality, I still will deny that partnerships are always ever sexual. It’s definitely possible, reading what you’ve said, you are some measure of aromantic to tie everything to being sexual in origin and meaning within a romantic gesture or close non-platonic intimacy. That’s ok too, that is how you experience the world, but that’s not how everyone is or feels about things. If that view is a response to your experiences, I’m sorry that you’ve only ever experienced things as a pretense to sex, but there is a lot more out there.

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          Are arranged marriages entirely about sex in your opinion? Or political marriages?

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            First: I notice that you’ve made no effort to refute my claim; you’ve changed the subject instead. So I’ll ask directly: if polyamorous relationships aren’t about sex, then why not simply have friendships? If sex was absolutely out of the question in any polyamorous relationship, how would they differ from any other deeply intimate friendship? (ETA - intimate friendships have changed over the centuries; things that we would consider bordering on sexual without being overtly sexual were much more normal among same-sex, nominally heterosexual friends up through the 20th C.)

            Second: Yes, arranged marriages (and political marriages fall into that category) are entirely about sex. Or, to be more complete, they’re about producing children that have a specific parentage, which generally requires that the two people have sex. (Adopted children are not usually considered an acceptable substitution for blood in arranged marriages. Similarly, the children of concubines do not have rights of inheritance.) Charles was expected to marry Diana and have children with her–which absolutely meant that he was obligated to have sex with her, even though he and Camilla were very much in love with each other–in order for the royal line to continue.

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              No my point wasnt to refute your claim so why would I?

              I was simply asking out of genuine curiosity. Dont be so defensive, they werent sarcastic or rhetorical questions

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    Sounds like someone who is offended people live a lifestyle other then their preferred one and I feel it’s best to just ignore this person.

    • @Chee_Koala
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      That’s exactly what this sounds like, or maybe someone who doesn’t know what their book is about

      • @EdibleFriend
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        Yep. And I’m not even poly. It would never work for me. But I’m not gonna be bitchy to other people because I don’t live their lifestyle. This is exactly the same as telling gay people to just go fuck a person of the opposite gender.

    • @MashedTech
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      Woah there buddy. This genie can’t make somebody to fall in love with you.

  • @[email protected]
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    Love is not the same as sex. Heinlein said it well with “the more someone loves, the more they CAN love”.

    Different people can fill different needs. As long as all people involved are in agreement, then it’s nobody else’s business.

    Mrs Grundy can take a hike off a cliff.

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    Asexual people and relationships exist

    Also what does lack of sex have to do with polyamory?

    • @Jimmyeatsausage
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      They weren’t implying a lack of sexual desire altogether. They were implying someone who was no longer attracted to their spouse but wanted to have sex with other people instead would just call themselves poly instead of getting a divorce…

      Like how all those cishet guys go through years of emotional and hormone therapy, multiple surgeries, etc, so they can perv out in the women’s restroom by calling themselves trans. Obviously /s

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    It’s kind of weird because I agree a healthy marriage requires a healthy sex life with your partner, but at the same time I don’t think a marriage should be built upon the premise of sexual gratification nor be dependent solely on it.

    As for Polyamory, though, I don’t see it as good or bad in general. Might be better to cohabitate with larger groups as humanity moves forward, but it certainly complicates relationships.

  • @cosmicrookie
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    WTH! People are answering this like it was a serious question??? I thought it was a joke, a meme or ‘Terrible Facebook’

    Just let people figure out their own relationships! If you feel one way then great. Dont force others to feel the same way as you though!