Okay. It’s the cherry popping. The first blog, the blank page.. ahh the possibilities. I love possibilities. Isn’t that a big part of why I identify as polyamorous?
First, I guess I should say what the “rebel yell” of polyamory is to me. If you want to know what others think it is or find some cool definitions, there’s lots of sources for great info. I am partial to polyamory.com, which has wonderful message boards and a great little online community. Just FYI.
To me, to lowly ol’ unofficial me though, polyamory is ethical non-monogamy, or dating/sleeping-with/loving/connecting/partnering/etc with more than one person with the full knowledge and consent of all parties. It is NOT cheating. It is NOT random hookups and is different from swinging. Bear in mind this is all MY opinion.
I know that swingers sometimes have deep and meaningful connections to their partners and sometimes poly people have little connection with a partner other than sex. Not everyone is PURE poly or PURE swinger. I am just saying that to me, polyamory is about relationships with more than one person and about ethical non-monogamy. People can call themselves whatever the hell they choose as far as I’m concerned. I don’t feel the need to define your relationships.
My husband and I are committed to and deeply in love with each other. We have a great relationship, a great sex life, and have been together 12 years. Seriously.. he’s the cat’s pajamas. We played with the idea of swinging for a while, as a way to have some sexual variety and fun, but we just never took the plunge. The tiny bit of research we did just didn’t pan out and we found the people we were meeting to be kind of … oh.. I’ll just say it, gross. I’m not saying they weren’t attractive or that I am a fashion plate myself. I’m just saying that I found the attitude of things to be sort of icky. I liked casual sex back in the day. I really did. I spent my years sowing my wild oats and had a grand ol’ time. My hubby is more of a “love guy”, but I was good at separating sex and love and caring and such. It was fun. But eventually, and this is just for me, I found that I wanted more. I wanted to have sex with people I liked and that liked me. I wanted to enjoy the conversation leading up to and after and I wanted to have humor and passion, connection, longing, lust, friction, concern, and sincerity in my sex. It was just more fulfilling on more levels. I became monogamous and settled down so I could really connect and more reliably get that. Going back to random couplings just didn’t interest me enough to actually act. Hubby felt the same way.
We found out about polyamory, had 47,000,000 conversations, and took the plunge. To us, polyamory is opening ourselves to the possibility of first kisses and NRE (hopefully controlled- more about this later), learning about new people and new parts of ourselves, sexual variety and exploration, caring and friendship and love with wonderful people without any disrespect or harm to those we already love. We’ve been dating about a month now, and it feels like more. I’ve been researching and talking and reading, and now blogging, and it feels like coming home. It feels like this is who I am and I’m finally allowed to be that. I’m not an asshole for wanting. I’m not awful for sometimes having a hard time closing down a whole aspect of my sexuality (I’m bisexual). I take joy in my partners joy, most of the time, and he in mine. I want him to be loved and love and to have great sex. I want him to be free and to share that freedom with me. We talk like never before and it has been a renaissance to our own relationship. I feel closer. He knows me.. really knows me. He always has, but now he knows even those secret little parts of me, and he loves me. It’s really hard to explain the joy of loving someone so much you want absolutely everything wonderful and good for them and to have them know every damn thing about you and love you so fiercely. It’s not easy, at all. It downright blows sometimes, the work I have to do on myself and on my relationships and communication, but it is right for me and mine. That’s polyamory to me. I reserve the right to change that and grow that and learn more, and that’s polyamory to me too.