What kind of people have non-monogamous relationships?

Have you ever wondered what kind of people have non-monogamous relationships? Science has some answers, as Justin Lehmiller reported on November 29,2017.

Who are these polyamorous people? Some facts

· Gender: Most studies have found that men are more likely than women to engage in CNM relationships. This is a pattern that holds regardless of sexual orientation.

· Sexual orientation: Sexual minorities are more likely than heterosexual persons to have had a CNM relationship—a finding that holds true regardless of gender. However, it appears that bisexuals tend to have more experience with CNM relationships compared to gays and lesbians. That said, it’s important to note that while a higher percentage of sexual minorities seem to practice consensual non-monogamy, most people involved in CNM relationships actually identify as heterosexual given that the base rate of heterosexuality in the population is so much higher.

· Race and ethnicity: Some studies of CNM relationships have found that participants tend to be overwhelmingly White, especially those practicing polyamory. However, other studies have found that persons of color are just as likely as Whites to engage in consensual non-monogamy. The percentage of racial minorities present in studies of CNM relationships seems to vary based on the focus of the study and the recruitment techniques employed. As a result, it’s difficult to draw any firm conclusions about how race and ethnicity are related to consensual non-monogamy.

· Other demographic factors: The limited data that exist have not found consistent links between consensual non-monogamy and other demographic characteristics, including education level, income, religious background, political affiliation, and geographic location.

Bottom line: the fact that few reliable links emerged between demographic characteristics and consensual non-monogamy suggests that those who are practicing CNM relationships are probably a pretty diverse group in terms of their backgrounds.

The full article by Justin Lehmiller: Who’s Most Likely To Have A Consensually Non-Monogamous Relationship?

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Viktor Leberecht studied history and is a trained and experienced journalist. He does not belong to any religion or ideological group. Since 2003 Viktor has been living in a polyamorous and open relationship with a woman who was married to another man - her husband died in 2018. Viktor gives speeches and writes about polyamory and its marital form, polygamy, to inform, dispel prejudice and promote social acceptance of polyamory and polygamy.

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