Originally Posted by Ariakas
Some peoples poly includes casual partners.
Some peoples poly resembles an open relationship with possibilities.
Some peoples poly is always about love only
To these I respond: Folks can do poly AND open at the same time without the one becoming the other. There's no reason to try to stretch a perfectly good term to cover things that already have perfectly good terms to describe them.
Remember that folks can do poly AND open AND swinging...and it's all good. That's not to say that open and swinging are poly.
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.