Originally Posted by others
poly vs. open
I'm really rather confused about the difference between the two. Suppose I am seeing more than one person, and everyone involved actively consents and knows about the others. If it was purely about sex, that would be swinging -at least that much seems pretty clear-cut- but what if I have genuine and deeply-felt emotional attachments to more than one of these people?
Is the difference between poly and open when one reaches the point where "I love you" is said?
Perhaps it's topography- like the difference between a mesh network (poly) and a modified star network (open)?
edit: This is doubtless overly simplified, but I made this Venn diagram.