Relationship Anarchy

Written by on August 27, 2017

FetLife BDSM Glossary Term: Relationship Anarchy

Similar to polyamory, requiring low jealousy, good boundaries and being comfortable alone. Partners are only added on their own merits, not compared.

Kinkly Glossary Term: Relationship Anarchy

Kinkly Entry

Relationship anarchy refers to the practice of not following societal norms or society-dictated rules when it comes to having a relationship. The couple or multiple people involved in the relationship decide on defining their relationship, as well as regulating personal expectations and actions. People who abide by relationship anarchy do not identify themselves with the usual labels, such as ‘in a relationship,’ ‘friends,’ and the like. Likewise, the relationship does not need to be distinguished as sexual, platonic, or romantic.

More Than Two Glossary Term: Relationship Anarchy

A philosophy or practice in which people are seen as free to engage in any relationships they choose, spontaneity and freedom are desirable and necessary traits in healthy relationships, no relationship should be entered into or restricted from a sense of duty or obligation, any relationship choice is (or should be) allowable, and in which there is not necessarily a clear distinction between “partner” and “non-partner.”

Wikipedia Term: Relationship Anarchy

Wikipedia Entry

Relationship anarchy (sometimes abbreviated RA) is the belief that relationships should not be bound by rules aside from what the people involved mutually agree upon. If a relationship anarchist has multiple intimate partners, it might be considered as a form of polyamory, but distinguishes itself by postulating that there need not be a formal distinction between sexual, romantic, or platonic relationships.

Relationship anarchists look at each relationship (romantic or otherwise) individually, as opposed to categorizing them according to societal norms such as ‘just friends’, ‘in a relationship’, or ‘in an open relationship’.

The term relationship anarchy was coined by Andie Nordgren, and is the topic of Swedish Bachelor theses by Jacob Strandell and Ida Midnattssol. It was discussed in workshops at OpenCon 2010, and by Senior Open University lecturer Dr Meg-John Barker in a presentation in 2013.

The relationship anarchy movement has its roots in the free love movement of the 20th century, which in some forms rejected the idea of monogamous marriage, seeing it as a form of social and financial bondage.

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