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What is Non-Monogamy?

In our last post we discussed monogamy, so this week we’re covering (some) alternatives to monogamous relationships! It’s important to note that non-monogamy can look different for everyone. Non-monogamy is often stigmatized and misunderstood. This zine is breaking down what non-monogamy is, and taking a step towards us all widening our understandings of relationship structures.

Non-monogamy is becoming more visible in the social and pop culture world but it is anything but new and trendy. The idea that alternative relationship structures are just a trend is rooted in western heteropatriarchal notions of what it means to “be in a relationship” with someone. Remember, relationship structures can be whatever we want them to be which is why choice, communication, and consent are integral to building the types of relationships you want, non-monogamous or otherwise!

What does "Non-Monogamy" mean?

Non-Monogamy is an umbrella term for relationship structures that are not monogamous, meaning they are not sexually or romantically exclusive. Below you can see a few of the many man options for non-monogamous relationship structures. For more options and explanations, feel free to check out our non-monogamy primer!

Busting Non-Monogamy Misconceptions

Non-monogamy is very stigmatized even though it is a totally valid relationship model when done ethically, with consent and agreements from all parties. Let's break down some of the most common misconceptions around non-monogamy and see why they're false!

Thanks for checking out this quick little breakdown, we hope you learned with us! Did you learn anything new? Do you have any questions or comments? As usual, we'd love to hear from you so slide on into our inbox and remember, your relationship model is valid as long as is rooted in consent and trust, don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

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