sorry i'm genuinely confused, how is being poly/in a poly relationship different from cheating? i don't mean any offence i'm just not very educated on this topic so sorry if i have offended anyone!
polyamory is a type of relationship that involves multiple people. the people in poly relationships are consenting and have knowledge that there are multiple people in the relationship, and each relationship can have rules and boundaries depending on the person.
cheating is when people are intimate with others outside of a relationship (monogynous or poly) without the knowledge or consent of those in the relationship.
Cheating is a breach of trust. but in poly relationships, everyone knows what is happening and agrees to it.
when i was in 6th grade I had a health teacher who would tell personal stories in class that tied into our lessons sometimes, and once she talked about how she had discovered that the enzymes in your saliva can help lift your blood out of fabric and make the stain easier to treat. and i remember doing it not too long after because I’d scraped my ankle and it got the blood off my socks
she died of cancer not too long after that and i don’t remember being really all that affected by it, but almost 10 years later i still spit on blood stains before i wash them out. even though I’ve found better ways to get it out, my first instinct is to spit on the stain.
I don’t really know what the point of this story is but i find myself thinking about it a lot