Time for another news roundup!
The day before a key Republican primary, polys become a political football in a *good* way. More polyfolks discover they can appear on TV and not die. Joys of poly parenting are described to the world. The feminist roots of modern poly get an airing. And the Polyamory Leadership Network gets its first mention in the New York Times.
If you haven’t been keeping up with Polyamory in the News (http://polyinthemedia.blogspot.com/
) in the last couple months, here’s some of what you missed:
● A wave of profiles about honest open relationships, and poly done well, continued well after Newt Gingrich’s former wife dropped her bomb in January. If you missed it, start with this batch and work back:
● I was particularly struck by how, the day before the Florida primary, the largest newspaper in Florida’s largest Republican region profiled the local poly community to contrast its good ethics and mutual caring against Newt’s scuzziness. Looks like they were out to get him. If we’re going to be used as a political football, that was a good football to be:
● “Open Marriage’s New 15 Minutes” in the New York Times, with a coming out for the Polyamory Leadership Network:
● When triad life comes easy. Making a home together as a three or more is often a whole lot of emotional work, and those are the case histories that tend to circulate -- so it’s easy to overlook the naturals: the lucky folks who take to group relationships as easily as fish to water:
● Slate discovers “the surprisingly woman-friendly roots of modern polyamory.” Of course this has been widely remarked for two decades. It’s probably the biggest difference between the current “third wave” of polyamory, in Elisabeth Sheff’s term, and the more male-dominated “second wave” of the 1960s:
● The future won’t be like the past. One of Britain’s leading Sunday newspapers examines the “‘sexual body warriors’ and pioneers transforming 21st-century relationships”. Polys get major treatment:
● The Good Men Project runs a suite of poly-related articles, after the Polyamory Leadership Network helps mobilize writers:
● At the high-traffic parenting site Babble.com, Sierra reflects on her brimming life as a poly parent with a combined six kids: “Poly Parenting: A Day in the Life”:
● This year brought bigger-than-usual batches of poly Valentine’s Day pieces on local TV news:
● “Black America has a fierce attachment to monogamy, as our religious and cultural roots shun the idea of polyamory, having more than one open relationship at a time,” writes a columnist in Ebony. She says it's time to reconsider:
● Open-marriage advocates go on the Dr. Phil Show and get chewed up, despite their experience doing TV and advocating for their way of life. Against a hostile TV host you cannot win; his video editors control everything. However, it *would* help not to be on record saying medically stupid woo-woo about STDs:
● In a conservative part of Canada, a small poly community is profiled (nicely) by a big old-line newspaper:
● Another poly household is profiled in hipper Vancouver:
● Western poly ideas spread to South Asia, with thoughts on poly’s role in world culture into the far future:
● The South African poly community has an experience being covered by the local edition of Cosmopolitan. It has a happy ending:
● A conference in Hong Kong proposes the idea of multi-relationships for Chinese culture:
● German polys speak out:
● And finally, to try to see where this whole juggernaut is heading, here’s my keynote speech to Loving More’s national Poly Living conference, looking way ahead:
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I've done 614 of these reports in the last six years, covering more than 1,000 items in news media of all kinds. They’re sortable by topic, date, and sometimes location and language. There’s history here. I hope you have as much fun browsing it as I do collecting it!
P.S.: See my ALAN’S LIST of POLYAMORY EVENTS for the coming year. Seventeen national and regional events are currently listed:
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