Originally Posted by MindfulAgony
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?