Polyamory

How does a polyamorous relationship between four people work?

From top left, clockwise: Sarah, Chris, Charlie and Tom

Imagine one house, with four people, but five couples. How does it work, asks Jo Fidgen.

Charlie is talking excitedly about a first date she went on the night before.

Next to her on the sofa is her husband of six years, Tom. And on the other side of him is Sarah, who’s been in a relationship with Tom for the last five years. Sarah’s fiance, Chris, is in the kitchen making a cup of tea.

The two women are also in a full-blown relationship, while the two men are just good friends. Together, they make a polyamorous family and share a house in Sheffield.

“We’re planning to grow old together,” says Charlie.

Polyamory is the practice of having simultaneous intimate relationships with more than one person at a time, with the knowledge and consent of all partners. The term entered the Oxford English Dictionary only in 2006, and such relationships are rare enough that Tom finds himself having to account for his personal situation time and time again.

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Opinion:

I’m okay with that.

They seem happy, they’re not hurting me, they are setting a good example on how people can get on okay.

Go for it!

We may just be seeing the future here. Maybe monogamy will become a thing of the past, who knows?

 

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