Madison Polyamory Collective (MPC)

Serving the greater Madison area's polyamorous community since last Tuesday.
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About the Mad Poly Collective

The MPC was founded January 25, 2011 as an outgrowth of the venerable MAPS group to provide an actively social face to polyamory in Madison, Wisconsin, and the surrounding area (generally Dane County). We host weekly coffees and informal parties now and then.

All who are interested in learning more about polyamory in a safe and fun environment are welcome to join our public events. We ask that you respect people's privacy and personal space. Make sure to ask before you touch people you don't already know fairly well. Use common sense and be polite to all.

You are welcome to join our Yahoo! group and mailing list to discuss polyamory and see what's coming up. There's also our FetLife group.

MPC is a very tolerant group. Whether you are gay, bisexual, straight, asexual, trans-gender, curious, kinky, non-monogamous, monogamous, liberal, conservative, or whatever; you should find a place which is friendly to you. Our only requirement is that you be open-minded and respectful.

Why the name "Mad Poly Collective"? More hands went up for this option than any other one we discussed. *shrug* This has led some to alternatively call us the "Snuggle Borg".

What is Polyamory

Wikipedia has a great introduction to polyamory. It begins with a simple defintion of polyamory as "the practice, desire, or acceptance of having more than one intimate relationship at a time with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved." This leaves a lot of room for interpretation, but the general pattern you'll find among polys is that we are not primarily sex-focused. We tend to seek out lasting, loving relationships with multiple people, though we have differing opinions about marriage and levels of commitment.

Polyamory falls within a broader relationship spectrum of "ethical nonmonogamy", which is characterized primarily by the view that it's OK to have multiple romantic partners, so long as everyone involved is fully aware and freely consenting. This spectrum includes swinging, polygamy, and other variants that are generally outside polyamory.

Although there are many arrangements to polyamorous relationships, a common poly attitude is that both men and women are generally free to seek out additional relationships, which differentiates us from polygamy.

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