Open relationships should be the norm?

DePaul University recently hosted an informational event on polyamory at its LGBTQA Resource Center.

A flyer for the “Polyamory Pause” event described the event as “a dialogue on open relationships and polyamory.”

The event sought to “dig past the surface conversation surrounding polyamory and open relationships” and examine “the ways soisl [sic] identity impact the conversations and the embodiment of open and polyamous [sic] relationships

Polyamory is a type of dating that allows one member to openly date others while seeing a primary person. Among the topics explored included the differences between polygamy and polyamory; the differences between entering a real, polyamorous dating scene and cheating on others; and having a partner who has “primary” and “secondary” partners.

“I never liked relationships or wanted to be in one really because I felt like they had to be monogamous, that’s just what I knew, that’s what everyone around me experienced, that’s what I, like, felt, and I just knew that I didn’t wanna deal with. All the expectations that come with that, all the baggage. I feel like this is a more natural way,” one participant explained.

“I was never super into marriage, either,” the student added. “Like, I can’t make up my mind what I want to eat at Chipotle, like, how am I supposed to commit to one person, right?”

Some students attended the event to learn more about this type of dating, whereas others were more familiar with it, having dated others that are polyamorous or practicing polyamory themselves.

“When I was younger, I never had a vision of being with one person forever,” another student remarked. “Right now I am in a relationship that is monogamous for like, compulsory monogamy reasons, but I think that we both know and talk about it that I think I see that changing.”

“We love each other; we say we love each other,” one participant said, but added that they still receive “judgement from people that I don’t love my partner” because the relationship is not monogamous.

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