Non-monogamy

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Affairs: The Secret Lives of Women
Wollison, Mary Anne
Book
Americans talk about love: How we chose an open marriage
Bowe,John
Article
2010
Bowe presents an American couple's conversation revealing their history of polyamory.
Anxious Pleasures (excerpt)
Gregor, Thomas
Article
1986
Breaking the Bonds: The Realities of Sexually Open Relationships
Watson, Mary Ann; Whitlock, Flint
Book
1982
An examination of the lives of (American) people involved in socially and/or sexually open relationships.
Connexions Library: Sexuality Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on sexuality.
The Ethical Slut: A guide to infinite sexual possibilities
Easton, Dossie; Liszt, Catherine A.
Book
1997
A guide for anyone who dreams of having all the sex and love and friendship they want. Explores the skills and issues of a life beyond tradiational lifetime monogamy, from scheduling dates to handling...
Group Marriage: A Study of Contemporary Multilateral Marriage
Constantine, Larry L. and Joan
Book
1973
A study of more than 100 group marriages in the United States, exploring the psychology and sociology of this form of marital relationship. The study looks at how group marriages are established, who ...
Group marriage: Connexipedia Article
Article
Is a form of polyamory in which more than one man and more than one woman form a family unit.
The Harrad Experiment
Rimmer, Robert H.
Book
1966
Interview with Ulli Diemer
Diemer, Ulli; Orchard, Jeff
Article
1990
Jeff Orchard interviews Ulli Diemer about socialism, capitalism, life, and social change.
Intimate Friendships
Ramey, James
Book
1976
Examines various forms of intimate relationship, from monogamy, to monogamy with adultery, to polygyny, polyandry and group relationships.
Kerista: Connexipedia Article
Article
A religion founded in 1956 by John Peltz "Bro Jud" Presmont. Throughout much of its history, Kerista was centered on the ideals of polyfidelity (called "responsible non-monogamy") and creation of inte...
Loving More
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1991
A newsletter published by PEP (Polyfidelitious Educational Productions), a group marriage journal and network. Previous title was PEPTALK; name was changed to Loving More starting with the Spring 1991...
Monogamous Voles
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2004
Vole reversal.
Non-monogamy: Connexipedia Article
Article
A blanket term covering several different types of interpersonal relationships in which some or all participants have multiple marital, sexual, and/or romantic partners.
Open Marriage: A New Life Style for Couples
O'Neill, Nena & George
Book
1972
The authors propose open marriage as a way to help couples realize that there can be both relatedness and freedom in marriage, and that freedom, with the growth and responsibility it entails, can be t...
Open marriage: Connexipedia Article
Article
Open marriage typically refers to a marriage in which the partners agree that each may engage in extramarital sexual relationships, without this being regarded as infidelity.
Open relationship: Connexipedia Article
Article
An open relationship is a relationship in which the participants are free to have emotional, spiritual and/or physical relationships with other partners.
Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships
Taormino, Tristan
Book
2008
Drawing on in-depth interviews with over a hundred women and men, Opening Up explores the real-life benefits and challenges of all styles of open relationships — from partnered non-monogamy to solo po...
Our Promiscuous Prehistory: A Review of Sex at Dawn
Block, Susan
Article
2010
Most otherwise topnotch evolutionary psychologists, primatologists and anthropologists come up with flip, vague or convoluted ways to explain away unpopular evidence. They seem to be trying to squeez...
PEPCON
Article
1990
Polyamory and Polygamy: Is the Media Right?
Trask, Robyn
Article
2016
There are a few of repeated themes emerging in many of the articles railing against polyamorous marriage.
Polyfidelity: Connexipedia Article
Article
A form of polyamorous group marriage wherein all members consider each other to be primary partners and agree to be sexual only with other members of this group.
Proposition 31
Rimmer, Robert H.
Book
1969
Radical Digressions 3
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2001
Rebellion of Yale Marrat
Rimmer, Robert
Book
...
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
Rayn, Christopher; Jetha, Cacilda
Book
2010
Ryan and Jethá contend that humans evolved in egalitarian groups that shared food, child care, and, often, sexual partners. Weaving together evidence from anthropology, archaeology, primatology, anato...
Sex and Marriage in Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America: Nineteenth-Century America
Muncy, Raymond Lee
Book
1973
A look at original approaches to sex and marraige in the utopian communities of nineteenth-century America. Many of these communities abolished monogamy and individualism and sought ways of dealing wi...
Take your partners
Article
Monogamy is not necessarily the best policy.
Think the Left Won the Culture War? Think Again
deBoer, Fredrik
Article
2015
With the recent AshleyMadison leak and Gawker.com's notorious naming and shaming of an obscure, married publishing executive, deBoer questions who really won in this culture war.
When Will the Media Really Get Polyamory?
Trask, Robyn L
Article
2015
Why do the media so often miss the mark when they write articles or do a feature on polyamory? Why do so many approach the subject with a ready-made idea of what they are looking for?
Why Not Have Sex With People Who Aren't Your Partner?: Infidelity is treated as selfish, while monogamy is celebrated. But what's so great about living in self-denial?
Robin, Gabrielle
Article
2015
Although open relationships are not as shocking a concept today as they were 50 years ago, they’re still regarded with overwhelming skepticism and even disdain. The usual assumption is that polyamorou...
You and I...Searching for Tomorrow
Rimmer, Robert H.
Book
Letters to author Robert H. Rimmer about non-traditional sexual experiences and explorations, such as group marriage.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Greenery Press
Publishes books for the sexually adventurous. Greenery Press has built an international reputation for publishing the best in responsible, sexy information about all kinds of consensual non-mainstrea...
Kerista Book Series
Kerista: the commune that invented the word 'polyfidelity' & 'compersion' based in the Haight-Ashbury of San Francisco from 1971-1991.
Loving More
A place to explore polyamory, to connect with others of like mind, to explore the possibilities of honest multi-partnered relationships and to learn how to make polyamorous relating work. We are a na...
Polyamory
Discussion of polyamorous relationships.
Sexsources.ca
A web portal featuring sexuality resources: articles, websites, books. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A search feature, subject index, and other research tools ma...
Polyamory Society
Promotes and supports the interest of individuals of multipartner relationships and families.

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Loving More
A place to explore polyamory, to connect with others of like mind, to explore the possibilities of honest multi-partnered relationships and to learn how to make polyamorous relating work. We are a national organization and resour...

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Email from a Married, Female Ashley Madison User
Greenwald, Glenn
2015
The private lives and sexual choices of fully formed adults are usually very complicated and thus impossible to understand -- and certainly impossible to judge -- without wallowing around in the most ...
Half a man beats none
In Russia and Mongolia, women don't shy away from polygamy
Katbamna, Mira
2009
Investigation into the socio-economic motivations behind the movement to legalize polygamy. There are fewer men than women in Russia and Mongolia due to economic migration and alcoholism. Both urban a...
The Mistress Condition
Breslin, Catherine
1976
A look at some [American] women who live outside of conventional marriage.
Promiscuity
In human sexual behavior, promiscuity denotes sex with relatively many partners. In polygamy it is distinguished from promiscuity.
Swinging
Swinging or partner swapping (sometimes referred to as the swinging lifestyle or simply the lifestyle) is a non-monogamous behaviour, in which partners in a committed relationship agree, as a couple, ...

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Alternate Sources
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1996
A safe sex manual for SM Play. The authors, all experts in SM play, dispel the stereotypes and myths about sadomasochism with this introduction to a hitherto hidden world of human expression. Safe Edg...
Beyond Monogamy
Serial Publication (Periodical)
A newsletter dedicated to exploring and facilitating alternatives to traditional monogamous relationships. There is a collection of these newsletters from 1980 through 1982 in the Connexions Archive.
Loving More
New Models for Relationships
Website
Organization and resource for people who who wish to move beyond traditional monogamy.
Peptalk
Periodical profile published 1989
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1989
Polyamory
Website
Polyamory Society
Website
Promotes and supports the interest of individuals of multipartner relationships and families.
SexSources.ca
Website
A web portal featuring sexuality resources: articles, websites, books. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A search feature, subject index, and other research tools ma...