Polyamory, polyfidelity, free love, plural loves, open relationships... These terms refer to free and sincere love relationships. The project is to develop a true “relational ethic”: to make sure to love without lies, betrayal or relationships of domination/submission. Autonomy, respect for the other’s freedom and sincerity.
Polyamory is neither libertine nor a justification for polygamy. On the contrary, polyamory is very much linked to feminist thought, because its backbone is the freedom of love for women. The stakes are high, because the freedom of love for women is still very badly considered nowadays, often by women themselves. Polyamory is not a dogma, it is an ancient humanist and social thought, which can be found in all periods in various forms and to various extents. It has long been theorized by philosophers, sociologists, ethnologists... (notably Charles Fourier, 1772-1837). At the beginning of the 21st Century, 5% of human beings would be engaged in this demanding path of truth, which is far from being easy or superficial, contrary to popular belief. Studies show that these people would be happier and more balanced than average.
However, these approaches remain in the minority because they question patriarchal power, the social order transmitted by contemporary education, and propose to lift the taboo of adultery, which is unfortunately just as common and accepted as it is destructive.