Originally Posted by london
Whereas to me, polyamory means you agree to let your partner love others and directly opposes any restrictions on how you may love them. Non monogamous relationships which restrict love with others are "open". So when the OP said they were in an open relationship, I assumed that they could have sex with others. Casual stuff only.
Yeah, I think polyamory generally entails more freedom and less restriction than open relationships, because open relationships are often only sexually open. But some poly people do have a lot of rules to restrict their partner's behaviors (usually to protect a primary relationship), and some people use "open relationship" and "polyamory" interchangeably, so what exactly poly or open means depends on the individuals involved. But if I hear someone say they're in an open relationship, I'm likely to assume they can only have casual sex with others too.
Heteroromantic asexual female, sex-positive, childfree, relationship anarchist.
Married to G, and in a partially non-romantic, completely non-sexual and long-distance triad with A and L.