What is Polyamory?

Feb 20th, 2010 | By | Category: About Us, FAQ

“Polyamory” is one of several words for describing multi-partner intimate relationships.

The community that identifies with this term has certain core values, including gender equality, self-determination, free choice for all involved, mutual trust, and equal respect among partners.

When speaking technically, we use Wikipedia’s definition of the word “polyamory”. We believe it’s the most discussed, the most carefully considered, and thus the most legitimate definition:

“Polyamory is the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.”

Polyamory is not Poly…gamy

“Polyamorous values are described in wikipedia at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Values_within_polyamory“.) and in the polygamy section to quote from wikipedia  “”Polygamy” is more often used to refer to codified forms of multiple marriage (especially those with a traditional/religious basis), while “modern polyamory” or “egalitarian polyamory” implies a relationship defined by negotiation between its members, rather than by cultural norms. Egalitarian polyamory is culturally rooted in such concepts as choice and individuality, rather than in religious traditions.”

However diverse self-identified “polyamorists” or “polygamists” may be, neither includes the other. Canadian law currently does not make such a distinction.

The CPAA aims to give polyamorists their deserved voice in this debate.

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2 Comments to “What is Polyamory?”

  1. Ryefield says:

    What is a ”polymorist” as referenced in the last paragraph?

    I understand that you misspelled the word: that it was simple mistake. I understand too that you are moving to bring awareness to polyamorists everywhere, so the irony does not escape me…

    As you know, one of he hurdles this movement encounters is a difficulty of legitimization.

    Unfortunately, this hurdle exists inside the movement as much as it does in world prejudice; a world that will refuse to understand… until we know what we’re taking about.

    Demian Ryefield

    Victoria BC, Canada

  2. Zoe says:

    Typo corrected. Thanks for the alert. Personally I feel like a poly morist lately with the media waking up to the importance of this case. Much more poly in my day than the average bear.

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