Common Misconceptions About Non-Monogamous Relationships

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As our culture evolves and polyamorous relationships become more accepted, we need to confront stereotypes about this lifestyle.

To help us, people in ethically non-monogamous relationships recently shared common misconceptions about their lives.

Avoid These Common Misconceptions about Polyamory

Polyamory and polygamy are the same.

This is not true! Polyamory is about having “many loves,” while polygamy is about having “many wives/husbands”

“Everyone has to have an equal number of partners.”

Ethically non-monogamous relationships can have all sorts of combinations, depending on the choices that the people in the relationship make together.

Jealousy doesn’t exist

“There is jealousy but it’s not the raging, out-of-control type.”

Humans can’t love more than one person at once.

“there is an overall misconception in the world that a person only has the capacity to love just one other. I believe humans have the capacity to love more than one person at once.”

Ethical non-monogamy is about avoiding hard choices in a relationship.

“False. Everything is a choice. You may have MORE choices, but you will absolutely have to make sacrifices for your partners or their partners.”

Photo by Md. Zahid Hasan Joy

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