Novogamy is term coined by Dr. Jorge Ferrer in his book, Love & Freedom: Transcending Monogamy and Polyamory. Ferrer frames mono/poly as a relationship style binary, similar to the traditional male/female gender binary. Ferrer then describes moving beyond the mono/poly binary as a novel and plural relational field called novogamy. Novogamy is similar to relationship anarchy.

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Open Relationship

Any relationship structure that is not monogamous. This can include polyamory, relationship anarchy, swinging, or any romantic or sexual connection that allows for other romantic or sexual connections.


Robin and Charlie are married to each other and have an open relationship. Robin occasionally has sex with Ryley. Charlie has a long-term romantic relationship with Jaylin.

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Paramour (noun) – A lover. In polyamory you may have a romantic relationship with one or more lovers. Those lovers may or may not have romantic or platonic relationships with each other.


Chris is in a romantic relationship with Dottie, and Chris is also in a romantic relationship with Dennis, Dawn, and Diva. All of them are Chris’ Paramours.