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Old 04-11-2012, 06:34 PM
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I recently broke off a monogamous relationship because it just wasn't true to who I am.

And I joined this forum so I can find out the relationship that is intimate, honest, and true to the way I am intimately, emotionally, and sexually.

And I wanted to see if anyone else is in the relationship I've been thinking of (or if there's a name for it):

I am looking for a female best friend to live with, platonically (she can be straight or gay), and start a family with (whether natural or AI). I'm hoping it's someone who can be a life partner.

At the same time, we would both continue to date and/or be in relationships (though parenting and mutual respect would always come first).

What I've been thinking is this is a way to separate sexual possession from the emotional connection of a family. One can love the mother of their children like one loves one's own children or parents, yet is still free to get sexual needs met however one wants--and to allow those needs to change over time without it affecting the partner.

Is there a name for this? Is anyone else in this type of relationship? And can anyone recommend how to start searching for it?
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:01 PM
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"I will name him George, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him."

I love that cartoon!

In all seriousness, is there a reason you need a name for it? It is what it is.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:12 PM
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Ah, Bugs Bunny. And a genius Of Mice and Men reference too.

And the reason I am looking for a name and other experiences is not to classify it, but to look into it, to find out how to make it happen if it still seems right, and to learn from the successes and failures of others. Better to walk into the dark with a flashlight.

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Old 04-11-2012, 07:26 PM
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Companionate love?
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:51 AM
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That's great, Annabel. Think companionate love is exactly what it is, though not sure if there's another name for the arrangement itself.

And wondering if anyone knows any families or people or is personally in this sort of arrangement: living platonically with a life partner and mother of one's child, while having a separate dating/sexual/romantic life (as distinct from the open relationship models that imply one also has a sexual/romantic relationship with one's primary).
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:24 AM
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Between women, that used to be called a Boston marriage, but this was in the days when unmarried women weren't expected to have sex lives outside of, well, marriage.
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