Ethical Non-Monogamy

Ethical non-monogamy describes when people in sexual or romantic relationships are open to forming bonds or having sex with other people. This relationship style takes many forms. While some practice it through polyamory, others embrace it through open relationships or swinging.

What Is the Difference Between Consent or Ethical Non-Monogamy and Nonconsensual Monogamy?

Nonconsensual monogamy is simply cheating. In this relationship style, you get attached to many romantic or sexual partners behind your partner’s back. On the other hand, ethical non-monogamy involves you and your boo agreeing on what you want. That is why, as a relationship expert, I always advise my clients who want to try consensual or ethical non-monogamy to value communication, consideration, and consent.

Benefits of Ethical Non-Monogamy

While some people look at ethical non-monogamy with a bad eye, it improves sexual satisfaction, allows partners to connect deeply at an emotional level, promotes trust and understanding, and reduces stress and anxiety in the relationship.

Are There Any Pitfalls?

Ethical non-monogamy can breed jealousy in the relationship especially if the primary partner feels they are not getting the attention they deserve. When you have multiple romantic or sexual partners, you are also less likely to pay attention to your primary partner’s sexual preferences or go out of your way to try new things in the bedroom. This can negatively affect your sexual game.

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