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What is consensual non-monogamy?

Consensual non-monogamy (CNM) is a relationship model that involves more than two people, with the consent of all involved. This type of relationship is becoming increasingly popular as society moves away from traditional monogamous relationships and explores alternative models.

More about consensual non-monogamy

At its core, CNM is about having open communication and establishing boundaries between all parties involved. This includes understanding everyone's expectations around commitment, sexual activity, emotions and communication. It also means respecting each other’s autonomy within the relationship structure while making sure everyone has access to the same level of emotional support.

Unlike polyamory (which focuses on having multiple romantic partners) CNM allows for different types of relationships such as swinging, open relationships and solo polyamory—where someone chooses to have multiple partners without living or being in a committed relationship with any of them. All partners must agree on the terms and boundaries before engaging in any sort of physical or emotional intimacy together.

Ultimately, consensual non-monogamy is an umbrella term for different types of ethical non-monogamous arrangements that involve more than two people with mutual respect and consent from all parties involved. While it may not be suitable for everyone, it can offer an emotionally fulfilling experience for those who are comfortable with exploring alternative models to traditional monogamy.

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