By Zachary Zane November 04 After being in a year-long, tumultuous monogamous relationship, I fell into polyamory by accident. After giving it a shot, I realized that I am better equipped to handle the struggles that come from polyamory than monogamy. Clearly, both setups come with a myriad of issues, but what makes me happiest, most comfortable, and most satisfied, is polyamory. Polyamory, ironically, also alleviated my jealousy issues and relationship-induced anxiety, simply because I trust my current partner unconditionally. Like most people, I knew nothing about polyamory when I stumbled into it. I believed the false misconceptions that surround poly life. I thought people use polyamory as an excuse to screw around. I thought all polyamorous relationships are doomed to fail, with one person being left out.
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We were standing at the free weights, studying our reflections in the mirror, sweating profusely. We later met at the Starbucks near the gym. After some good chatting, I dropped the bomb.
Ambivalence and tensions in young gay men’s accounts of monogamy and relationships. Roger Pebody. Published. 12 November Monogamy, and Gay Men. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy , (Abstract). E-atlas Australia. Find details of HIV services in Australia, the latest news from the country, and a selection of resources.
Understanding Your Partner 1 Know that many bisexual people will not prefer one sex over another. Many bisexuals, even those who eventually marry, may change their preferences depending on how they feel. When entering into a serious relationship with a bisexual person, be prepared to accept their attraction to a person of another sex—the same way straight or gay people are attracted to members of one sex.
Remember that if this person is dating you in the first place, it is because they are attracted to you as an individual. Even though bisexual people are attracted to two sexes, this doesn’t mean they are attracted to everyone. They have limits and standards, just like everyone else does. By the same token, do not ask your partner if they “prefer sex with men or women. Most bisexual people consider themselves to always be bisexual, no matter who they are dating at the time.
Do not suggest that they are heterosexual if they are in a relationship with a person of the opposite sex, or that they are homosexual if they are in a same-sex relationship. As such, do not ask your partner if he or she is attracted to each person that they meet. Instead, accept them as they are if you wish to retain your relationship with them. Some people differentiate between their orientation and their behavior.
Their orientation is bisexual, but their behavior at least currently is straight or gay.
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Generally, there are four overlapping definitions. Murdock, of 1, societies from around the world noted, were monogamous; had occasional polygyny; had more frequent polygyny; and 4 had polyandry. This can be interpreted as a form of plural mating, as are those societies dominated by female-headed families in the Caribbean , Mauritius and Brazil where there is frequent rotation of unmarried partners. The Standard Cross-Cultural Sample describes the amount of extramarital sex by men and women in over 50 pre-industrial cultures.
Why bother with sexual exclusivity? So many gay men ask this question, given all the attractive guys and erotic experiences out there to enjoy. But I think the allure of sex without limits leads a lot of us to too easily reject monogamy as just a puritanical, deprivational, outdated construct, ignoring that it has something powerful to offer us: Opening a relationship frequently leads to hurt feelings, jealousy and distance, no matter how carefully we go about it.
And when hot times can be so easily had, why put sustained energy into keeping our primary relationship interesting? Another universal appeal of non-monogamy: It leans more toward closeness and connection and less toward sizzle. When things get monotonous, we wonder: Is my partner no longer attracted to me?
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SL Letter of the Day: Do Monogamous Gay Couples Exist? I find your stance on the subject very unappealing. Before that video I knew nothing about you.
We’ve been having a few issues lately, and it stems from him wanting to have sex with men. He just revealed to me that he’s been feeling this way since February. Coincidentally, around the time I gave him my virginity, so I’m pretty hurt right now, honestly. To be clear, the situation is that I’m a big believer in monogamy and romantic and sexual fidelity and am not at all comfortable with multiple sexual partners.
He has expressed the desire to have sex with dudes, but he knows how I feel and he knows it would hurt me and our relationship so he is not asking permission or stating any intent of doing so. But he’s still unhappy. I’m at a loss here. I’ve grown up in a pretty LGBTQ friendly community, so I never really thought much of it, but my mother always used to say that bisexual people are cruddy partners because of this exact issue; they can’t be monogamous. Now I don’t know what to think. I always looked at it as something where you could go either or, but not necessarily need both.
And when we first started dating, I asked him and he said his preference was more towards women then men, so I didn’t think it would be a problem. But he said on a scale of , it’s at least a 5 or more on how big of a problem it is for him right now. I don’t know what to do.
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By Alexander Cheves September 24 2: I cheated on him and lied about it for months. When I finally told him the truth, answering his oft-asked inquiries about my infidelity with a final, fateful yes, we remained locked in a toxic back-and-forth, shouting insults at each other for a month. But late one night, in a parking lot after we had spent an angry hour talking on the phone, I made a decision that I would later consider an act of mercy for both of us: Until about six months ago, when my phone buzzed with a text message from a name I never expected to see on my screen again: I needed to tell him I was sorry, he needed to tell me how much I had hurt him, and we both needed to hug.
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Instead, I decided to check the websites of the various organizations and bloggers to see if in favoring extending the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, they recognized that marriage is based on the premise of monogamy. I also wonder if they sought to promote that notion in public statements on marriage. I did word searches without quotation marks for the following: On the site of Freedom to Marry, the one national group devoted primarily to promoting gay marriage, my searches yielded almost nothing, with no hits on marriage monogamy and only six for marriage monogamous.
None of those six hits indicated the ostensibly pro-marriage group supported monogamous gay unions.
Concerns about HIV and sexual health were rarely given as the reason to value a monogamous relationship, but the intimacy and trust of a committed relationship was sometimes thought to offer a degree of protection. Duane Duncan and colleagues conducted in-depth interviews with 61 Australian gay men, around half of whom were under the age of The interviews explored issues of intimacy, relationships and monogamy with men who were either single or in a couple at the time of the interview.
HIV is frequently transmitted within committed relationships, so a better understanding of relationship dynamics is important for HIV prevention. Just a phase Most of the younger interviewees wanted to have a committed romantic relationship and presented monogamy as an ideal. Sex was seen as being more meaningful in this context: Monogamy was presented as an ideal to work towards: Many interviewees expressed considerable ambivalence and contradictory desires: Whereas a committed, monogamous relationship was often understood to be mature and meaningful, casual sex was contrasted as being superficial.
However it was also often understood to be typically male: Trust and communication Several of the interviewees talked about monogamy as the basis for a secure, satisfying and special relationship.