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Old 09-02-2010, 05:29 PM
Vinccenzo Vinccenzo is offline
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I came to this site because my marriage is not conventional and we hit a snag. As I read some of the threads on here, I am confused and don't know if I'm in the right forum or if there even IS a forum for my relationship.

My husband and I have an open marriage. I see many threads on here the go on and on about the importance of trust and communication. I completely agree and these two well repeated foundations are in line with what we are dealing with. Then we come to the points on wanting your partner to be happy and be happy yourself. Right there with you still.

But we are not seeking an external love relationship with anyone but each other. I don't know if I would ever be happy and he says he too would not likely be made happy at the idea of either of us cultivating love outside of our primary bond.

So where do we turn when we hit a bump or snag? Is everyone on this site trying to convey they only have sex that includes love and commitment? Is this some way of trying to get your lifestyle to be more palatable to conventional folks? Like when we were in high school and everyone cared too much who everyone else was having sex with while using the justification for our own sexual activities to be that we were in love and that made it okay?

I am aware that a love bond can be forged out of physical interactions and pleasure, but I have also enjoyed sex that did not include love. My friends are my friends because I enjoy their company, but I don't have sex with my friends and I don't romantically love my friends. I have never experienced misplaced or "forbidden" love. I have never been in love with two people before nor wanted to.

We are clear about things with the people we have seen. We do not restrict ourselves to ONS only and have a set of rules we both felt would be reassuring. Still, this is new to us and we'd love to have a place to look to for guidance while navigating our newish circumstances.

I realize this kind of circumstance is a fluid one and that no one can really predict where it will lead to in life. We both are people who think with our heads more than our hearts, but who knows - maybe we will be different in the future. Maybe it will lead us to poly and we will live our last years shacked up with another fully incorporated couple. For now though, where do we fit in?
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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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Old 09-02-2010, 11:26 PM
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There are plenty of swinger websites. I'd recommend swingersboard, as it has plenty of thoughtful forum topics.
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Old 09-03-2010, 01:08 PM
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As previously said, it sounds like you are swinging.
In swinging, the emphasis is on the physical aspect of the relationship and no love needs to be involved.
Polyamory is more about the emotional aspect of a relationship and in some cases doesn't involve sex.

They overlap to some extent, but I would say your case is into swing territory. You might want to look up "swinging" or "swinger" and see if you find something that fits your situation.

Good luck!
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:08 PM
Vinccenzo Vinccenzo is offline
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Yeah, I looked into that. It didn't really seem reflective of us either. We don't play with a tit for tat angle (if you sleep with my wife, I get to sleep with your wife) and we don't not get to know who we see or not care who they are as a person.

I'm feeling pretty discouraged. It feels like the monogamy troupe and the poly troupe are rife with judgment and lacking in acceptance. While I can understand why the people who think monogamy is the "right" relationship model will struggle with remaining objective about people who don't practice monogamy, I'm a bit dismayed to find it it seems that way on this site too. I'm finding it hard to believe that everyone who is into poly loves who they have sex with before having sex with them.

I don't wish to be disrespectful of anyone's lifestyle choices. In reading some stories on this site and on the swinger site, I found this one to have more I can identify with. I'm sorry. I tried to take our issue to an advise forum and all I got was judgment.

Maybe I'll just poke around and keep to myself so no one is offended. Thanks.
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:19 PM
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Yeah, I looked into that. It didn't really seem reflective of us either. We don't play with a tit for tat angle (if you sleep with my wife, I get to sleep with your wife) and we don't not get to know who we see or not care who they are as a person.
Swinging isn't as black and white as people can make it seem. There is a lot to it and sometimes, it is not tit for tat. Between closed swinging and key parties there is a lot to it that fits in the middle.

While I don't swing I have been in an open relationship. Some people consider what I was doing swinging. Just a matter of perspective I suppose.

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Maybe I'll just poke around and keep to myself so no one is offended. Thanks.
If your end goal is to find partners to love and have sex with and be with...thats poly ...if what you want to do is find a closed grouping than that can be a variation of swinging. Non-monogamy is a big umbrella.

And as any fyi, not everyone on this site says sex has to come with love. Poly to me simply means I can love more than one. Which I am full capable of. I am also capable of enjoy the company of a woman without having to love her

Cheers, welcome to the forum

Ari

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