Episode 4-15: Polyamory and PINO

Two Open Doors

Jun 16 2024 • 9 mins

Polyamory is a form of ethical non-monogamy that is slowly making its way into our societal mainstream.  (As we’ve noted in previous episodes, monogamy or serial monogamy comprise the vast majority of socially-sanctioned long-term committed relationships in our society--- but perhaps 5% of adult intimate relationships in the US are polyamorous.)

As someone with years of immersion in the polyamorous community, I’ve noted a number of relationships that their participants label as polyamorous, but which  seem to lack one or more of the fundamental traits of polyamory.  To coin a new term, I think of those as examples of PINO: Polyamory In Name Only.  In this episode, we’ll explore why that may be an apt label in at least some of these cases.

Dr. Claude Cruz is a relationship and intimacy coach based in the Portland, OR area. He holds a PhD in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS), as well as a Professional Sex Coach certification from Sex Coach U. Dr. Claude is passionate about promoting and supporting deep human connection. He develops and delivers workshops and other events regarding that topic, as well as being available for individual and couples intimacy coaching. He can be contacted at claude@twoopendoors.com.

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