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I had the phrase "not a unicorn" in my Tinder profile for years. It wasn't to indicate distaste for the mythical being because, hey, I change my hair color enough to be in solidarity with their rainbow aesthetic.
Instead it was to cut down on messages from couples who were "unicorn-hunting. For the uninitiated, the term unicorn-hunting typically describes the practice of an established couple searching for a third partner to engage in either threesomes or tri relationships between three people. The joke is that the existence of such a woman is so elusive she may as well be a mythological creature.
Obviously wanting to have a threesome between consenting adults is a common and totally healthy fantasy, and tri are one of many relationship models that can work for different people. To put it lightly, this is Not Cool. Realizing potential thirds need to feel safe, seen, and have their boundaries respected should be nonnegotiable, Rachel Simon, L. I want you to find your third, and I want your third to feel safe and respected.
Engaging in sexual relationships —whether with one, two, or 10 partners—involves navigating individual desires, setting boundaries, and communicating. If you approach the topic of threesomes or tri as a couple, it can be easy to prioritize what feels best for the relationship without thinking about what you personally want. So check in with yourself first: What are you looking for? Is it a one-off sexual encounter?
A three-way relationship? Something in between? Do you really even want your partner involved? Whose pleasure is being prioritized? You would want to have total confidence in the fact that both people you're getting involved with are super excited, on board, and sure of what they want. Otherwise you could be putting yourself in a situation that could be anything from awkward to dangerous. This is why it's important to really make sure you know where you stand before bringing this up with your partner and before the two of you look into finding a third. If you need help defining your desires and boundaries, I highly recommend checking out the book The Ethical Slut by Janet W.
Hardy and Dossie Easton for an introduction on non-monogamy. When practicing non-monogamy, communicating in ways that are open, authentic, and not harmful becomes especially important.
Then you can get into the nitty-gritty together. This will most likely take several conversations. You want to be sure that your individual needs within the established relationship jibe and that you mutually agree upon and are excited about! Which, no. But you have to be open to discussing them. That could be even more true for tri, since a prolonged relationship between the three of you can provide even more jealousy fodder.
This is also a good opportunity to assess how you communicate in general. No one wants to get caught up in your drama, so clean up your emotional house before you have a guest over! Just like solo-dating on apps, it may take a hot sec to find someone you want to meet up with, but there are ways to up your chances. It comes down to honesty, respect, and communication. Noticing some common themes? Utilizing that can help more of the right people swipe right and the wrong people swipe left.
Some apps, like OKCupid or Feeld, allow you to link two separate profiles, which is a good option if you and your partner are using apps to find partners both separately and together. Setting the first five pictures to be of a woman and then—surprise!
You might find it helpful to use even more detail as a couple than you would on your own, though. That last part is so, so important. Please be honest about your needs.
You might have a mental image of your ideal third. Finally, be mindful of your language. What are your thoughts on that? In the end, each of these strategies is getting at one overarching idea: When you want to bring a third person into your relationshipyou have to consider all three people. You and your partner may be an established couple, but the three of you are individuals. SELF does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.
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