Thursday, June 2, 2011

Polyamory Mentioned in “Annie’s Mailbox”

Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar answer the mail written to Annie.

Dear Annie: “Ex-Professor Out East” said he was accepting of his wife's platonic relationship with another man. He should learn the term “polyamory.”

My husband and I are happily married and found polyamory to be a welcome alternative. We both have loving relationships outside the marriage, with the other's blessing. This type of lifestyle can add new dimensions to an otherwise stale relationship. – Happily Poly in Ohio

Dear Ohio: Polyamorous relationships can be platonic or sexual, but the important part is, they are not secret. The spouse knows and accepts. As long as both partners agree, we say to each his (or her) own.

Thank you, Annie.

Relationships can have many facets to them, as we all know. There’s friendship, mentoring, emotional support, dating companionship, living together, financial cooperation, limited physical affection, sex, erotic or romantic love, marriage, childbearing, coparenting, familial, etc. As such, it is possible to have a polyamorous relationship set, with only two of the people actually having sex at any given time in the relationship. Different people have a variety of needs.
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