Why you should drop the ‘e’ in ethical non-monogamy

The terms “Consensual non-monogamy (CNM)” or “Ethical non-monogamy (ENM)” have been cropping up in social media increasingly over the last decade. These are umbrella terms used to denote any relationship dynamic other than monogamy: including swinging, polyamory, and open or monogamish relationships. It is often used to talk about any alternative to traditional monogamous (mono-normative) relationships. In ENM all partners involved agree that having sexual and/or romantic relationships with other people is acceptable, allowable and even encouraged.