I am happy to hand over the reins to my blog to today to the amazing +Penelope Jones to talk about the differences between Open and Polyamorous relationships. Take it away, Penny!
I am a commitment phobe! That hasn’t changed… however I am still sticking to the standard; I am finding reasons to try rather than ways out of relationships! YAY me!
Anywho, lately, it has been weighing heavily on my mind this topic. A Polyamorous relationship vs an Open relationship? Has fetlife corrupted these two topics and made them interchangeable?
Of course I’m going to give my opinion, and the fact I even have to brooch this topic is just… blah. But then again, maybe I should be thrilled, because five years ago, we would’ve been shunned; now, they have polyamorous people living their lives out on TV!
There’s a huge difference between an open relationship and being Polyamorous or living a Poly life! Open relationships are great, don’t get me wrong, but they aren’t the same. In an open relationship it is likely that all partners may never meet, and it’s also likely that love will never be involved in the majority of the relationships outside of the primary couple. Open relationships on a normal level usually involve casual hook-ups and/or friendships that have sexual tendencies. This is not what a Polyamorous life is.
Polyamory is described as Loving many or having the capability to love many people, in many different ways. Polyamorous normally doesn’t mean casual hook-ups; it does mean love is involved. Partners are normally introduced soon after dating commences. Everyone in the ‘family’ normally is involved with one another on some level of intimacy. Remember— intimacy doesn’t have to mean sex!