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Post Article: New Sexual Revolution: Polyamory May Be Good for You

New Sexual Revolution: Polyamory May Be Good for You
What swinging couples and committed polyamorists can teach monogamists about love
By Stephanie Pappas and LiveScience

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On Valentine's Day, images of couples are everywhere. They're buying each other diamond rings, making eyes over expensive restaurant meals and canoodling over chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne. But two-by-two isn't the only way to go through life. In fact, an estimated 4 to 5 percent of Americans are looking outside their relationship for love and sex — with their partner's full permission.

These consensually nonmonogamous relationships, as they're called, don't conform to the cultural norm of a handholding couple in love for life. They come in a dizzying array of forms, from occasional "swinging" and open relationships to long-term commitments among multiple people. Now, social scientists embarking on brand-new research into these types of relationships are finding that they may challenge the ways we think of jealousy, commitment and love. They may even change monogamy for the better.

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http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...tion-polyamory
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