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We've had that forever. It is called playing around. No one can stop someone from sleeping around openly or hidden. The spouse is the spouse. The rest are what she or he allows to be drug into their life.
Polyamory = "many loves", and at its simplest means it is possible to love more than one person, and it doesn't necessarily mean you love your spouse or partner any less.
Is it easy? No. Is it without risk? Not at all. Is it for everyone? Clearly not. Is it fulfilling? It very much can be for some, when practiced with honesty, love, and a commitment to honest and constant communication.
And this is important: polyamory has to have the consent of all parties involved. If your spouse/partner doesn't know you practice polyamory, it's not polyamory. It's cheating.
Polyamory basically redefines cheating to not being honest with your partner, rather than being defined by having feelings for another or even acting on them (with consent!).
BTW, two other points...
on the Emotional standpoint-
1. Such a polyamorous agreement would probably have to be openly and forthrightly discussed BEFORE the two people entered into a marriage. Otherwise, I'd see it as an emotional mine-field for the husband or wife to bring it up 5-10-15 years into the marriage, even slightly and obliquely....
given the risk their counterpart would oppose the idea and then immediately assume their spouse (who suggested it) was going to do it anyway without their consent.
IOW, if "Mary" told "John" out of the blue, after 15 years of marriage - "I think we should BOTH be allowed to have sex with other people".....and John isn't "cool" with that, John's going to think that Mary's going to do it anyway behind his back....and the marriage would fall apart from mistrust or frustration.
2. Given that for many people, sex on a continual basis with the SAME person.... DOES tend to create an emotional bond....would it not become "dangerous" for "John" to have multiple encounters with "Sally", while his wife "Mary" is going from guy-to-guy.....one night stands only....
and risk that John would start forming an emotional attachment to Mary that would lead to "emotional adultery".....transferring love from Mary to Sally?
Or would John and Mary set up a "rule"--- "No multiple encounters with the same person within 6 months"?
We have done a little of all of that and I put that out there in the hope that it will encourage others to be honest and share their thoughts and what they do