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Old 09-02-2010, 06:28 PM
AutumnalTone AutumnalTone is offline
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Welcome.

The world of non-monogamy includes those who swing, those who have open relationships with a single partner, and those who have multiple romantic relationships. These boards are intended to discuss the latter--having multiple romantic relationships--which is known as polyamory.

Some poly folk *also* swing. Others *also* have open relationships where they're free to date or fuck people with whom they're not romantically involved. Some poly folk also do both.

"Is this some way of trying to get your lifestyle to be more palatable to conventional folks?"

No. That's discussion of how we have romantic relationships with other people. We don't talk about having wives and girlfriends or husbands and boyfriends in an attempt to be accepted, we talk about them because those are the people with whom we're involved.

For example, my wife and I are poly. Although I do not currently have a girlfriend, I have in the past and will in the future (same for my wife). We are also open, so we can date and/or sex up somebody with whom we're not romantically involved. So, we do poly and we do open (we don't swing).

There are lots of folks here who also have open relationships, though they also do poly relationships. You're welcome to hang out and chat with us, though I don't expect there to be a great many threads just on open relationships. There are enough of us here who do that, though, that you should be able to find people to talk to about it.
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When speaking of various forms of non-monogamy...it ain't poly if you're just fucking around.

While polyamory, open relationships, and swinging are all distinctly different approaches to non-monogamy, they are not mutually exlusive. Folks can, and some do, engage in more than one of them at a time--and it's all good.
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