Another question in my non-monogamous journey.
Oh yes, I am definitely going there, and I truly hope that we get some discussion or debate rather than just the very easy like or block. Why is that? Because this is a subject that I personally have flip flopped a few times on in my non-monogamous exploration and believe is something that should be part of our dialogue when deciding to explore relationships outside of your primary one. So let me clarify a few considerations that went into me deciding if this is ethical or not for my own life, and share with you the actual thought process that I went through to reach my current leanings.
First, I think it is very fair to hypothesize that the current generation of people we are interacting with were raised monogamous. With that assumption in mind, being that we all started believing monogamy was the only relationship norms, then it follows suit that at one point we were all dating someone non-monogamous when we ourselves were of a monogamous mindset. And were in fact converted, enlightened, or had an experience that made us want to run away from monogamy forever!
Second, the point about disclosure. If we assume that we were all monogamous at one point, then the real point of discussion lies in the realm of disclosure. At when point do you tell a monogamous person that you are of a non-monogamous persuasion? Here, I believe it is a little different depending on the gender or the goal that you have in non-monogamy. For me, and for my safety and sanity, I disclose before I ever meet someone. My reasoning is, that I prefer to have the, no my lifestyle does not make me a slut, and no in fact, taking me out for a beer is not a guarantee of an easy lay, before meeting someone. Whereas, for my partner, it is much easier for him to have the non-monogamy conversation in person to feel out the person that he is meeting for the first time. He has been burned many times by women who claim they are curious or OK with non-monogamy and then turn out to be complete liars on this point. The only way for him to be sure, is to read their body language with a face to face conversation.
The take away? Disclosure within the first meeting or prior makes dating a non-monogamous person ethical for me. While I would never try and force non-monogamy, polyamory or open relationships on anyone, I do feel that a monogamous person should be given the same opportunity to explore a world outside of there raised standard that I was. I would never have met my partner if his rule was to ignore all monogamous women. While for me, I have been a lot more successful sticking to already exposed non-monogamous men, I have certainly had much more fulfilling conversations with those who are monogamous.
As a tiny little aside to this statement, men who are non-monogamous, primarily want to discuss sex, fetishes, and all their kinks with me on a very first meeting. It’s like they are beyond pent up and just erupt with overshare the moment they meet me. Yes, I find this intensely distasteful. I do not discuss sex with anyone within a first meeting. Get to know me as a person first! Whereas with monogamous men, I find they are much more keen to get to know me, ask questions and share their reservations or interest level in a far less sexualized context. I feel like more of a person on a monogamous date, which is something I hope changes in the next few years, because honestly non-monogamous dudes, you are ruining your chances by this behaviour!!!
Ok, back to the topic at hand. Yes, I feel dating a monogamous person is completely ethical so long as you disclose right away. This is based on a few things, including my own personal experience, the fact that the non-monogamous pool is far too tiny to stick to, and currently, the men in that pool are not at a level that I find them attractive (with the exception of dating couples which is currently my preference).
Will this opinion change? Perhaps, especially if the trend of non-monogamy keeps growing at the current rate. In 20 years, it is possible that everyone will have been exposed to non-monogamy in some form or another and will have already made their fully educated choice on the matter. And at that point, it would be silly to date someone who had already made their monogamous choice, and open you up to intense heartache! But for now, it really is the only way to meet new people and have some great conversations and experiences!