Second, this analysis used having two or more sex partners in the past year as a proxy for a nonmonogamous
relationship, but these partnerships might not have overlapped in time.
Concurrent partnerships, nonmonogamous
partners, and substance use among women in the United States.
Love articulates this through an analysis of who is considered as deserving of acceptance: "One may enter the mainstream on the condition that one breaks ties with all those who cannot make it--the nonwhite and the nonmonogamous
, the poor and the genderdeviant, the fat, the disabled, the unemployed, the infected, and a host of unmentionable others" (10).
Drawing on an extensive survey of real people and over 40 years of research they propose that a nonmonogamous
lifestyle may be healthier for marriages than a monogamous one.
The influence of mononormative assumptions has potential to impact the well-being of persons who engage in consensually nonmonogamous
(CNM) relationships by unintentionally privileging monogamous relationships above other relationship styles (Conley, Ziegler, Moors, Matsick, & Valentine, 2012) and consequently stigmatizing the often misunderstood cultural groups associated with the practice of CNM (Conley, Moors, Matsick, & Ziegler, 2013).
She suggests that consensually nonmonogamous
intimacies or sexualities are repressed, tabooed or erased, because they carry the potential to trouble and destabilise hegemonic masculinities along the axes of race, class and sexuality.
Practices like "taking up" (a relationship among adults that might result in children but might not be monogamous and might not result in a bond recognized as marriage) and "sweethearting" (a nonmonogamous
relationship among young adults, often resulting in "sweetheart children") were alternatives to long-term, monogamous relationships.
* an individual who has a history of inconsistent condom use in nonmonogamous
Nevertheless, their position in Utopia (where they are clearly subordinated to their husbands) is more conventional, less liberated, than in Plato's Republic: there (for example) a certain free love is possible among the nonmonogamous
guardian class in their later years.
: I identify with this term because I don't feel that monogamy is a condition of romantic or sexual love, and my attitude toward relationships illustrates this.
"It appears that sexually nonmonogamous
couples in the United States number in the millions.