What Does Non-Monogamy Mean?
When discussing “non-monogamy”, it is important to clarify the difference between ethical and non-ethical non-fidelity. “Monogamy” is defined as having a single relationship or sexual partner over the course of one’s lifetime. In our culture, people practice non-fidelity all of the time, either through serial relationships, hook-ups, dating, or infidelity. However, because these practices violate expectations and social rules of the dominant monogamous culture, the term non-monogamy has a negative connotation to it. Ethical non-monogamy involves complete transparency and consent to all partners involved in a non-fidelous dynamic.
Types of Open Relationships
It is also important to note that there is emotional non-monogamy and physical non-fidelity. Physical non-fidelity is simply the agreement between partners that physical intimacy and/or sex is permitted outside of the primary relationship. Emotional non-fidelity is the agreement that members of a relationship have permission to love and have deep emotional connections outside of the primary relationship. In ethically non-fidelity relationships individuals are open, honest, and respect each other and the agreed upon boundaries.