Polygamist groups that get the most publicity in the media and on TV shows are heterosexual, religious-based, patriarchal, perceived and represented as cultish, and sometimes involve teen girls who are married to an older man who has more than one wife.Generally these women are not free to have sexual relationships with others, but consider themselves family with the other wives of their husband.Even though contemporary society agrees that cheating is undesirable, people still do it regularly.Scholars estimate that approximately 20-25 percent of ever-married men and 10-15 percent of ever-married women admit to having an affair at some point in their relationship.have portrayed the practice in Fundamentalist Mormonism.Fundamentalist Mormonism is a sect or religion that follows the early Mormon teachings which allowed for polygamy.“There’s no one way to do polyamory” is a common refrain in “the community.” Polyamory—which literally means “many loves”—can involve any number of people, either cohabiting or not, sometimes all having sex with each other, and sometimes just in couples within the larger group.Sarah and Michael met 15 years ago when they were both folk singers and active in the polyamorous community.
Many non-monogamists rely on honest communication to negotiate consensual agreements that allow a variety of ways to have multiple partners.When I met Jonica Hunter, Sarah Taub, and Michael Rios on a typical weekday afternoon in their tidy duplex in Northern Virginia, a very small part of me worried they might try to convert me. And so are Sarah and whomever she happens to bring home some weekends. Jonica is 27, with close-cropped hair, a pointed chin, and a quiet air.All three live there together, but they aren’t roommates—they’re lovers. Sarah is 46 and has an Earth Motherly demeanor that put me at relative ease.– a cycle in which people are sexually exclusive with each other for a period of time, break up, and then re-partner in another sexually exclusive relationship with a different person.Non-monogamies, in contrast, are more diverse and vary by degrees of honesty, sexual openness, importance of rules/structure, and emotional connection.Both of them say they knew from a young age that there was something different about their sexuality.