April 8, 2009

“Family” Webisodes Spotlight Polyamory

A new online television show explores polyamory through an amusing look at the daily lives of one polyamorus triad (in this case, a woman dating two men).

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This online television show came to my attention back in March but I totally forgot to blog about it. The show is centered around a polyamorous triad (three people; in this case two men both in a relationship with the same women).

The show is made by Seattle filmmaker Terisa Greenan who posts the short webisodes on her YouTube page.

Watch The First Episode:

According to the Polyamory Society, polyamory is defined as:

Polyamory is the non-possessive, honest, responsible and ethical philosophy and practice of loving multiple people simultaneously. Polyamory emphasizes consciously choosing how many partners one wishes to be involved with rather than accepting social norms which dictate loving only one person at a time. Polyamory is an umbrella term which integrates traditional mutipartner relationship terms with more evolved egalitarian terms.

Polyamory is from the root words Poly meaning many and Amour meaning love hence “many loves” or Polyamory. Of course, love itself is a rather ambiguous term, but most polys seem to define it as a serious, intimate, romantic, or less stable, affectionate bond which a person has with another person or group of persons. This bond usually, though not necessarily always, involves sex. Other terms often used as synonyms for polyamory are responsible, ethical or intentional non-monogamy.

The Kinsey Institute’s Dr. Kenneth Haslam, even added “Family” to the polyamory collection he curates here. In the Seattle Times article by Mark Rahner, he’s quoted as saying, “”It occurred to me that nobody was recording polyamory history, because it seems to be catching on, getting into the mainstream now.”

I haven’t had a chance to check out Dr. Haslam’s collection yet but I definitely plan on doing so before I head out of Bloomington, as I find polyamory to be a very interesting facet of sexuality and relationships.

Polyamory Weekly

Rahner also quotes another polyamorist “Minx” who produces a weekly podcast out of Chicago (www.polyweekly.com) as saying, “These are funny as all hell to those of us who have lived poly for more than a week. What Terisa Greenan has done is to take all the poly fears, pitfalls and misconceptions and gently poke fun at them in a searingly entertaining way.”

The “Polyamory Weekly” podcast has run four years and gets about 2,000 downloads a month. The “Polyamory Weekly” blog also features book recommendations and interactive round table discussions about issues in polyamory such as trust, boundaries, and healthy communication.

Polyamory Reading List

There are a huge number of polyamory blogs out there as well as quite a few books on the subject. For more information check out the Polyamory Weekly’s book recommendations on Amazon.com.