Politicians spend millions to define who they are to the public before their opponents can do it for them. The modern polyamory movement has been defining itself successfully with nothing but volunteers, enthusiasm, and a shoestring. When does the backlash start? I keep waiting for it, and year after year it keeps not happening.
Poly as a child-friendly way of life is explored at Momlogic, a big, mainstream parenting site: “For some, being polyamorous provides more love and support for the kids than does being in a monogamous household.” Bookmark this one for the next time someone asks, “But what about the kids?”
Are we mainstream yet? “Canada's magazine celebrating women over 40” presents a sympathetic article on older, conventional couples and their friends exploring polyamory in later life. “Some believe this type of marriage has such broad appeal that over the next decade it will become accepted as a viable lifestyle choice.”
Speaking of learning to handle media people and their agendas, watch how this triad comes across on German TV (scroll down and click the second frame from the left). Never mind that it’s in German, the visuals say it all. These three knew what to do from the first phone call. You can learn how to come off this well too.
Of course, not everyone likes us. “Polyamory: Evil dressed as love,” writes a Tennessee preacher lady in her newspaper column. The race to define ourselves is still a race.
Wendy-O Matik is interviewed. The anarcho-punk author of Redefining Our Relationships (2002) says, “I’m beaming with enthusiasm and radical love inoculations, even after seven years of peddling polyamory workshops across the globe.”
So yes, I’d say we’re defining ourselves pretty well. Keep it up. The more people come to understand what we’re about, the better we’ll be able to ride out future witch hunts and moral panics. I’m beginning to think the window of opportunity for our opponents to organize such things is closing.
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