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Old 07-18-2012, 01:12 AM
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I want to see that so bad I don't have showtime. A meetup group I belong to showed both times it never was on the day I could view it. Hopefully I get to watch it.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:18 AM
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I caught an episode of this earlier this week and was intrigued and somewhat disappointed. I wish they showed more than the live-together dynamic for one, and I agree, it is way too sex focused.

In this episode they had the triad having a disagreement about the GF's outside BF, and it was all pressure on the GF because the wife didn't want to own her own emotions. That one really bothered me.

The quad group's portion was better, I though, but the whole thing still didn't do Poly justice. So while I am glad to see it in the mainstream, I am uncertain about the sensationalism of it all...
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:06 AM
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JohnnyDangerously, you are right on...The wife (we're not in triads, so I didn't know that language) definitely didn't own her emotions! And she certainly wasn't experiencing COMPERSION - let's hope we see a little compersion in the episodes to come. Poly is a mindset - and that blond "wife" certainly would drive the best of us AWAY!
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:40 AM
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Just so you know, the blond one is the girlfriend and the other one is the wife. Not that it really matters, since it's a triad they're all involved anyways.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:06 PM
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It's not so much that is matters which is the wife and which is the girlfriend, but it does make a bit of a difference. I missed the first episode. Watching the second episode, I was thinking the blond was the wife, and I was thinking "fucking unicorn hunters..." then I remembered at the beginning the brunette said she was the wife, and I thought "Oh... I'm confused now."

As I said, I missed the first episode, but I'm liking the show. No, I don't think it's a "typical example of what polyamory is," or that "it's a good portrayal of polyamory." It is what it is. I doubt a typical example of polyamory is a real thing that exists anyway. The show is supposed to be entertainment, not poly propaganda. Viewing it as such will lead to disappointment. Perhaps it could be portrayed better, but it could be portrayed as much worse. "It's not a terrible depiction" would probably be the best way to put it.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:16 PM
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No, it's not a terrible portrayal, but the thing I don't like is that by exclusively focusing on the live-in model, non-poly people won't get an accurate picture or just one-dimension and think that is all it is---which it isn't.

As you said, it is hard to have a "typical" example, which is why I just wish they would diversify what they present...
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:47 PM
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No, it's not a terrible portrayal, but the thing I don't like is that by exclusively focusing on the live-in model, non-poly people won't get an accurate picture or just one-dimension and think that is all it is---which it isn't.

As you said, it is hard to have a "typical" example, which is why I just wish they would diversify what they present...
How hard is it, though, to find people who are 1 - interesting enough to get people to watch and 2 - willing to open up their personal lives for the entire country (/world - I don't know where all Showtime is broadcasted)? Would you be willing to go on a program like this and let them follow you around so people could learn about your brand of poly?
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:49 PM
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Yeah, more variety would be nice, but I can see how that's difficult to accomplish, due to the "keep it entertaining" and "everyone has to sign a release" aspects. The live-in model works best with that kind of thing.

For the time being, I'm single, and therefore do not live with anyone I'm romantically involved with. Attention whore that I am, I don't think I'd be comfortable with cameras on me all the damn time. Still, if I was approached for a show like this, I'd probably do it. However, I doubt many of the people I date would sign releases. It would probably be something like this:

Episode One: I asked this one girl out. She turned me down. She didn't sign a release so there's no footage.

Episode Two: I asked this one girl out. She turned me down. She didn't sign a release so there's no footage.

Episode Three: I asked this one girl out. She said yes but stood me up. She didn't sign a release so there's no footage.

Episode Four: I asked this one girl out. She said yes and showed up for our date. She didn't sign a release so there's a few seconds of footage with her face blurred.

Episode Five: The girl from Episode Four has been ignoring my calls. I asked this one girl out. She turned me down. She didn't sign a release so there's no footage.

Episode Six: I asked this one girl out. She said yes, and she signed a release, so there's plenty of date footage and some softcore boning at the end. I had some "performance issues" because of the cameras but she was okay with it.

Episode Seven: Things are going well with Episode Six Girl. I asked this other girl out. She turned me down. She didn't sign a release so there's no footage.

Episode Eight: It turns out Episode Six Girl just wanted to use the show to promote her music career and wasn't actually interested in dating me. I'm not seeing her any more. However, lots of angry breakup softcore boning because Showtime.

Episode Nine: I asked this one girl out. She said she recognized me from the show and gave me a long, logical fallacy riddled speech about how polyamory is wrong and that I should be ashamed of myself. She signed a release though so that was fun.

Episode Ten: I asked this one girl out. She turned me down. She didn't sign a release so there's no footage.

Realistic? Probably. Entertaining? No.

Hmm... actually, maybe it would be entertaining...
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:00 PM
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I'm pretty sure the timeline wouldn't work though. People wouldn't recognise you from the show because the show wouldn't broadcast for long after they shoot it. I guess people in the second season could recognise you from the first one, which would be airing around the time they're shooting the second one, or something.

Anyways, sure there are some live-in relationships, but there are relationships with the people they don't live with, as well. Seems like it would require more cameras to show poly networks where every partner has their own place.
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:28 AM
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Thumbs down Episode August 9th 2012

The sad thing in this weeks episode was the Poly Potluck seemed to only be attended by white / 30 something / stereotyped people. Where were the people of color or the fat handicapped people of which I am one. I use the word fat only because I'm 6'6" and 324lbs but can only stand for 10 to 15 minutes at one time so usually not that tall. Probably the producers had the final say on those invited, which I found sad

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