Throuples Are so 2021: Welcome to the Five-Member World of a Sexual 'Polycule'

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Are you mundanely monogamous? Humdrum-ish or not, if you’re only seeing one person, you’re a few steps south of old fashioned. In order to catch up to the culture, you might want to speed right past throuplehood and embrace the modern paradigm of the “polycule.”



A portmanteau of “polyamory” and “molecule,” polycule refers to a connected network of non-monogamous relationships. This could be as small and simple as a vee relationship (aka a relationship involving three people, where one person is at the center of the V and is involved with both partners, while the other two partners who are not involved with each other), or it can be a complex, widespread network of people, all connected in some manner. Component parts of a polycule are sometimes referred to as “molecules.”

Such an atomically-oriented association was recently highlighted by Libs of TikTok. Via a provocative video, participant “Savvy” reviews her romantic roster:

“This is our polycule. … Me and Kyle have been together for eight years; we’ve been poly the whole time. … Me and Kyle are in a triad with Kit. We have been together, the three of us, for three years. … Me and Sam and Kit and Katie met around the same time. I started dating Sam — and Kit started dating Katie — around the same time. … And then…a little over a month ago, we moved everyone in together. So everyone lives in the same house now.”

To recap:


  • Savvy, Kit, Kyle
  • Savvy, Kit, Sam


  • Savvy, Sam
  • Katie, Kit

If a triad goes away from the group, is it considered a gonad? Savvy doesn’t make that clear, but she details the dynamics between those not eminently entwined:

“Katie and I…don’t really have, like, romantic feelings towards each other. We have a huge platonic love for each other, and we’re really great friends. Kit and Sam are literally the same person, and they’re best friends. … [T]hey don’t really have a romantic love, but they have a platonic love for each other.”

Two members are maladroit:

“Katie and Kyle — I won’t speak for them; I really don’t know. … They’re the two, like, ‘awkwards’ of the group, where they just, like, finger-gun on each other all the time, you know?”

As for Kyle and Sam, “They just bro it out.”

Savvy makes sure to profile each participant’s pronouns:

  • Savvy = she/her
  • Sam = he/him
  • KT (biological female) = they/them
  • Kit (biological female) = they/he
  • Kyle = he/him

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For those wondering how Savvy’s molecular mob sleeps, it seems flexibility is part and parcel of a polycule:

“(It) depends on, like, work and schedules and everything. But for the most part, the goblins — who are Katie and Kit — they sleep in the same room. Me and Sam sleep in the same room. And then Kyle just rotates between the two rooms and…the upstairs room — because he has insomnia and never sleeps. … We also just, like, rotate through…”

Bottom line — beware the polycule dutch oven:

“[I]t just gets really hot if a lot of people sleep in one bed.”

Hopefully, they’ll all stay cool — all seven of them; the carnal coalition also includes a couple of children:

“We…have two kids, but we don’t show them on TikTok. … [Kyle and Kit and I] have one child together, and she’s five. … [S]am has a son, who also moved in.”


Savvy totals up the creatures cohabitating. The liberal lovers, apparently, also love animals:

“[T]otal, there are five adults, two kids, two dogs, eleven cats.”

Maybe the bunch rotates Litter Box Duty as well. Either way, people used to say, “Three is a crowd.” These days, perhaps, five is fantastic.



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