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serialmonogamist 08-01-2011 03:53 AM

Happily Ever After
 
Would you like to see popular fiction oriented toward poly relationships? Can you picture romantic comedies, sitcoms, children's stories, etc. with polyamorous characters and narratives? Do you have ideas for a story line or issues that should be dealt with by popular media regarding poly love and families?

MindfulAgony 08-01-2011 06:37 AM

I think it would be useful for their to be a broader acceptable range of relatoinships displayed on TV. Though that was happening (e.g., Sister Wives, Big Love, The Family). Not always in a light that I would prefer, however.

I would prefer overall more realistic portrayals of love and life. Kind of like how war movies took a dramatic turn in realism after we emerged fromthe trauma of the Vietnam war - John Wayne to Saving Private Ryan (or even Band of Brothers) is a very marked experience for the viewer. That kind of realistic portrayal of the balance of ideal, reality, pressures, and whatever. Included in that would be a broader range of how people actually manage through the difficulties of relationships, various forms of openness would be a part of that view to be sure.

aliceloveshatter 08-01-2011 09:11 AM

Ms.V and myself are planning out some children's fiction books with polyamorous families in the background, along with other "issues" for want of a better term. I think it's definitely somthing that should be put out there more in a realistic way.
x.S.x

serialmonogamist 08-01-2011 09:43 PM

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Originally Posted by MindfulAgony (Post 94901)
I think it would be useful for their to be a broader acceptable range of relatoinships displayed on TV. Though that was happening (e.g., Sister Wives, Big Love, The Family). Not always in a light that I would prefer, however.

I would prefer overall more realistic portrayals of love and life. Kind of like how war movies took a dramatic turn in realism after we emerged fromthe trauma of the Vietnam war - John Wayne to Saving Private Ryan (or even Band of Brothers) is a very marked experience for the viewer. That kind of realistic portrayal of the balance of ideal, reality, pressures, and whatever. Included in that would be a broader range of how people actually manage through the difficulties of relationships, various forms of openness would be a part of that view to be sure.

I used to resent sitcoms for painting an over-idealized picture of family and relationships. However, now that I'm aware of the harsh realities to the point of saturation, I like such sitcoms for providing a happy escape from the reality and providing moral lessons about how to deal with bad situations and live better, however unrealistic these lessons are portrayed.

Do you think it would be possible to have poly-focussed sitcoms that deal with ethical dilemmas and provide moral authority for poly partners and families?

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Derbylicious 08-02-2011 05:25 PM

There's a sitcom on the web called "family" about a poly family.

nicothoe 08-02-2011 05:49 PM

The Sci-Fi show Caprica portrayed a polyamorous family. Granted, they were also terrorists, but nevertheless it was still refreshing to see.

TruckerPete 08-02-2011 05:55 PM

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Originally Posted by serialmonogamist (Post 95103)
Do you think it would be possible to have poly-focussed sitcoms that deal with ethical dilemmas and provide moral authority for poly partners and families?

Sure it's possible. Is it something I would watch? Probably not. I have lived through my own "poly dilemmas", currently live with two partners, and when that's not enough poly in my life, I read and post here.

Sitcoms make light of things (situational comedy). I think there needs to be more awareness about what poly actually is (and how varied it can be) before the media can go poking fun at it without the unwashed masses taking that as the truth.

serialmonogamist 08-02-2011 07:52 PM

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Originally Posted by TruckerPete (Post 95315)
Sure it's possible. Is it something I would watch? Probably not. I have lived through my own "poly dilemmas", currently live with two partners, and when that's not enough poly in my life, I read and post here.

Sitcoms make light of things (situational comedy). I think there needs to be more awareness about what poly actually is (and how varied it can be) before the media can go poking fun at it without the unwashed masses taking that as the truth.

What about like a Will & Grace type sitcom but with poly? That show actually could have incorporated poly with all the different relationships that went on. They must just not have thought about it. Although, could Will have been described as having Grace as a platonic primary while dating until he found that guy that he ended up with (policeman)? It was all very monogamy oriented, wasn't it? (been a while since I've seen it)

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Originally Posted by nicothoe (Post 95312)
The Sci-Fi show Caprica portrayed a polyamorous family. Granted, they were also terrorists, but nevertheless it was still refreshing to see.

I love Caprica. When are they going to come out with the second season? That was the best sci fi show I've seen since Star Trek, I think. Anyway, which family is poly? The woman who was building the computer for the avatars to go to heaven? Was that woman she murdered her metamour (am I using that term right? first time I've attempted to use it - just came out actually)? That would be interesting if the polyamorists were monotheists.

nicothoe 08-02-2011 08:25 PM

The character played by the English actress Polly Walker was poly. She had two husbands in the show and I'm not sure how many wives. Apparently it was a group marriage. And yes, they were all monotheists. Sadly, the SyFy channel cancelled the show.

A metamour would be the lover of your lover. Not sure how that applies in a group marriage. :)


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