There’s a lot less complacency in relationship anarchy.”***The term “relationship anarchy” was coined by the Swedish activist and creative Andie Nordgren.In 2012, she wrote the Relationship Anarchy manifesto, laying out guidelines for a radically different approach to relationships.“People will misread that as meaning chaos, disorder, haphazard and irresponsible.
“So if I’m not feeling like I want to have a date with someone, then I can just say ‘hey you know what, I want to have more time alone right now.’ It’s about finding that common ground from moment to moment.
Members of the community she belongs to have decided that traditional monogamy, and often polyamory, aren’t working for them. And so they’ve committed to a model that’s at once simple and radical: They give all their relationships equal footing.
Mel has an ongoing conversation with each of her partners to continuously discuss and examine the partnership, establishing what everyone wants to get out of it.
Mel Mariposa Cassidy has lots of partners in her life.
There’s the boyfriend who lives nearby in her East Vancouver neighborhood, and the partner who’s a few hours away on Vancouver Island. S.a woman she describes as her “platonic-ish life partner.” Meanwhile, she lives with her best friend, an ex-lover who’s listed as her emergency contact. She’s a relationship anarchistshe doesn’t distinguish between the romantic, sexual, and platonic relationships in her life.