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Ethical Non-Monogamy with Dr. Liz Powell

SDC Lexi Sylver Seek Discover Create Podcast Dr Liz Powell Ethical NonMonogamy Labels Education
SDC Lexi Sylver Seek Discover Create Podcast Dr Liz Powell Ethical NonMonogamy Labels Education
Dr. Liz shares her list of labels under the ethical non-monogamy umbrella to help us better understand ourselves and each other in the lifestyle.

Welcome back to my playground, my Lexual fiends and friends….

As heard in our “2019 in Review: Best of Swinging, Hotwifing and Open Relationships” Podcast, Dr. Liz Powell helped clear the air when it comes to the multiple labels and angles that an ethically non-monogamous relationship may take.

With an abundance of knowledge, Liz dives deep into these labels to help us better understand ourselves and others! Here's a condensed version, with the terms and their basic definitions.

The Non-Monogamous Umbrella

Non-Monogamous: An umbrella term for any relationship that is non-monogamous.

Swingers: Approaching non-monogamy as a couple, with subjective flexibility — but still couples-focused. 

Monogamish: Usually socially and emotionally monogamous, but sexually non-monogamous. This can range from flirting to sexual interaction; it’s acknowledged by the couple that long-term monogamy isn’t realistic. 

Polyamory: Multiple, loving, and fully consenting relationships.

Hierarchical Polyamory: A polyamorous setup with a primary (or “nesting”) partner who holds the most importance, followed by secondary or tertiary partners. Primary partners are usually ones whom you would bear children with, share a home, or share finances. 

Egalitarian Polyamory: No strict levels or hierarchy between partners; no enforced power structure. You have personal preferences between your partners. 

Solo Polyamory: Polyamory practiced at the individual unit. A great way to claim autonomy, and not declare autonomy over someone else. 

Relationship Anarchy: A theoretical/ethical approach that can happen with another relationship style. “Each relationship finds its own level.” For example, you don’t need to differentiate between friends and lovers, etc. There isn’t necessarily a system that ties you down to labels!

About Dr. Liz Powell

Dr Liz Powell, author of Building Open Relationships

How do we go from monogamous thinking to non-monogamous ways? Dr. Liz Powell explores these topics in her book, “Building Open Relationships: Your Hands-On Guide to Swinging, Polyamory, and Beyond!”

Do you identify with any of the labels above? How do you feel about labels? Share with me in the comments.

Until next time, Stay Lexual and connect with me on social media. Find my links below!


Lexi Sylver

Lexi Sylver is the Montreal-based erotica author of Mating Season and All the Queen’s Men. She enjoys having a kinky and unconventional lifestyle and sharing her stories and experiences with others. As an entrepreneur, podcaster, advocate, educator, public speaker and coach for consensual non-monogamy and the swinging lifestyle, she regularly contributes articles about sexuality and relationships to Pornhub’s Sexual Wellness Center, ASN Lifestyle Magazine, and her personal blog. Her mission is to promote empowerment and education by guiding you to shamelessly explore your Lexuality. Find out more at
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