Consensual Non-Monogamy, Polyamory + Open Relationships: What’s The Difference?

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What Is Polyamory?

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Polyamorous individuals can form multiple meaningful relationships with several individuals, all of whom know that this is happening. There is no primary couple in this situation. Rather, a polyamorous person can be a part of multiple relationships that are both romantic and sexual. And they understand that those people with whom they’re involved might be doing the same thing with other people. So, a polyamorous heterosexual woman might have four men to whom she refers as her “boyfriend.”

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