At first glance, it is a scene of utterly normal domestic chaos.
This is a term that is perhaps used most when people are talking about the Mormon faith or Islam where a man is able to have a number of wives at any given time and it is this aspect of a number of marriages that makes it different to polymory.
In both of these religions there will, therefore, be religious doctrine that discusses it in detail whereas with polyamory this is certainly not the case.
But for a new TV documentary, presenter Dawn Porter was given access to two polygamous families, who both sought to present rose-tinted images of harmonious, contented communities.
But when she scratched beneath the surface, what she found was a very different picture - of resentment, jealousy and bitterness...
The term polyamory instead means "many loves" and the relationship aspect in this type of lifestyle does not mean that marriage exists, but instead the person has some form of a serious relationship with a number of people at the one time.
This can, therefore, mean that they may date one person whilst living with another, but there is no sense of any formal certificates or paperwork that show they are in some kind of a serious relationship with anybody.It is also worth pointing out that whilst polygamy is often linked to religion, the same cannot be said about polyamory.Another difference between the two is that polygamy does tend to only refer to the act of a man having more than one wife and it is, therefore, based on gender.There is also the idea that even in countries or cultures where polygamy is not allowed that there is a better understanding of it whereas the same cannot be said about multiple relationships at the one time.So those are the key differences between polyamory and polygamy and you should know see that they are not as similar as you may have initially thought and indeed those that practice either of them would certainly agree that they have entirely different approaches to life.(Probably both women ganging up against me and making me do the dishes . Modern marriage conventions are different from what folk did a hundred years ago.