Originally Posted by DancingNancy
I have two friends that practice poly, but it is far more defined as "open relationship" as they have their own separate lovers, and only occasionally mix for fun.
One need not participate in group sex to be poly. A vee, for example, is when one person has two lovers or partners who are neither romantically nor sexually involved with each other, but only with the "hinge" of the vee. It's okay for poly peeps to have lovers who don't even know each other. The things that make polyamory stand out from being open, swinging, or cheating is love and complete honesty. Polyamory is the practice of having multiple loving relationships, with full knowledge and consent of all involved. But people involved in poly relationships can also be "open" and have casual sex with others. It just depends on the agreements made.