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.
A wave of profiles about honest open relationships, and poly done well, continued well after New 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.
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.
“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.
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 real history here. I hope you have as much fun browsing it as I do collecting it!