There is a cultural divide between the polyamorous and swinger communities, the former emphasizing the emotional and egalitarian aspects of plural relationships and the latter emphasizing sexual non-monogamy and emotional monogamy.
A person with polyamorous relationships may also engage in swinging and other open relationships.
Compared to motivations for cross-sex friendship, little research has examined motivations for friendship between ex-partners after romantic relationship dissolution (i.e., post-relationship friendship; PRF).
In Study 1, participants ( = 513) rated the importance of staying friends with an ex-partner for each reason given in Study 1 and completed the PID-5-BF and HEXACO to measure domains of clinically relevant and non-pathological personality.
In 1999, Zell-Ravenheart was asked by the editor of the OED to provide a definition of the term, and had provided it for the UK version as The practice, state or ability of having more than one sexual loving relationship at the same time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved.
Polyamory is a less specific term than polygamy, the practice or condition of having more than one spouse.
Sex is viewed as an indulgence, but one that should only be freely entered into with consent.
The Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth only give two instructions regarding sex: "Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal" and "Do not harm little children," though the latter is much broader and encompasses physical and other abuse.As well, swingers occasionally develop deep emotional attachments with their sexual friends.Swingers and polyamorous people alike might engage in secret infidelities, though this is no more acceptable than in monogamy.In many jurisdictions where same-sex couples can access civil unions or registered partnerships, these are often intended as parallel institutions to that of heterosexual monogamous marriage.Accordingly, they include parallel entitlements, obligations, and limitations.The practice of engaging in closed polyamorous relationships is sometimes called to indicate a hierarchy of different relationships or the place of each relationship in a person's life.