If you want to learn more about polyamory, other forms of non-monogamy, and the history and philosophies behind it, there are many websites and books available for your personal research. Here are a few of the most popular books…
The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures by Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy. This book is considered required reading by many people who follow non-traditional relationship models. The authors go over the basic skills and tactics that can lead to a successful polyamorous or open relationship such as communication and safe sex tips.
Sex at Dawn; How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha. This piece of reading is all about the history of human sexuality and what leads many to cheat. It also explains why the polyamorous relationship style makes sense for the human condition.
More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory by Franklin Veaux and Eve Rickert. This book is more of a manual than the other two books and talks about the different ways to approach polyamory. It explores various non-monogamous relationship styles and gives readers tools for communication.
Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships by Tristan Taormino. Tristan is not only an author but also an ethical/feminist pornographer. Her book details how to lay the groundwork when opening up a relationship to other partners. The book includes stories from real people in various non-monogamous situations from poly families with kids to swingers who like to have a good romp at a party.
Whatever book or resource you choose to explore polyamory, always consider what’s best for your particular non-monogamous situation.
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