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What should couples do when considering ethical nonmonogamy? | CNN

By Ian Kerner, CNN, Published 9:55 AM EST, Sun February 19, 2023

Exploring ethical nonmonogamy isn’t always easy for couples who have been monogamous in the past.
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Editor’s Note: Ian Kerner is a licensed marriage and family therapist, writer and contributor on the topic of relationships for CNN. His most recent book is a guide for couples, “So Tell Me About the Last Time You Had Sex.”

I believe the key to successful nonmonogamy is in one word: consensual. Known as ethical nonmonogamy, this approach is different from monogamous relationships in which partners cheat on each other.

An ethically nonmonogamous relationship involves two people who identify as a couple but who are not committed to a traditional relationship, according to sexologist Yvonne Fulbright.“

They’ve given each other the opportunity to date or have sex with other people independently,” said Fulbright, who is based in Iceland.

“Often a key component in these relationships working out is that the other relationship is only sexual, not romantic or emotional. There’s no deception about engaging in sex with others.”

Source: What should couples do when considering ethical nonmonogamy? | CNN