Areas of difference arise regarding the degree of commitment, such as in the practice of casual sexual activities, and whether it represents a viewpoint or a relational status quo (i.e., whether a person without current partners should be considered "polyamorous").
"Polygamy" generally refers to codified forms of multiple marriage (especially those with a traditional/religious basis), while "polyamory" implies a relationship defined by negotiation between its members, rather than by cultural norms.
Polyamory is culturally rooted in such concepts as choice and individuality, rather than in religious traditions. negotiating the ground rules for unconventional relationships, or the question of coming out to family and friends), and the cross-pollination of ideas takes place between the two.
Specifically, there are multiple variants on polyamory, such as There is a cultural divide between the polyamorous and swinger communities, the former emphasizing the emotional and egalitarian aspects of plural relationships and the latter emphasizing sexual non-monogamy and emotional monogamy.
A person with polyamorous relationships may also engage in swinging and other open relationships.
consider these "polyamorous" so long as those involved practice (or at least aspire to) high standards of loving ethically, honestly, openly, and respectfully.
These may share the terminology that has evolved with modern nonmonogamous practices.
While it can seem like men only want physical pleasure, what most really crave is a woman who reaches them on a deep and profound level.
Going back to the whole issue of giving a guy space.
As well, swingers occasionally develop deep emotional attachments with their sexual friends.
Swingers and polyamorous people alike might engage in secret infidelities, though this is no more acceptable than in monogamy.
Kerista was a new religion that was started in New York City in 1956 by John Peltz "Bro Jud" Presmont; throughout much of its history, Kerista was centered on the ideals of polyfidelity and creation of intentional communities.