By Kaylynn Cook, Staff Writer
To love and be loved is one of the most important aspects of many people’s lives.
Relationships have changed with each decade, as have the ideals of the people in them.
Polyamory has been showing up more and more in the love lives of today’s youth, but the idea behind the term has been around for decades.
Around five thousand people in the United States were living in a polyamorous relationship, according to a study in 2009 done by Jessica Bennet of “The Daily Beast.”
Polyamory is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the state or practice of having more than one open romantic relationship at a time.”
Many people relate polyamory to the term for someone who lives an uninhibited lifestyle, swingers.
This term in itself has been used as a plot point and comedy plot in sitcoms for years and has given polyamorous couples a bad reputation as a result.
Besides the confusion with the swinger lifestyle, many people also relate polyamory to polygamy.
Shows like “Sister Wives” have influenced the negative connection, even though the two terms have little to do with each other beside the existence of multiple partners.
While polygamy is related to religious practices and the marriage of a man to more than one woman, polyamory is solely based on having relationships with more than one person.
Consent, communication and compassion separates polyamory from the practices naïve people relate it to.