alan7388 (alan7388) wrote in polyboston,

Polyamory in the News roundup

Polyamory advocates break new ground before one of Canada’s highest courts, with media coverage to match. A happy poly household is featured on TV, with toddler. We read that “Three is the new two,” “Poly is the new gay,” and “Is polyamory the new black?” Deborah Anapol weighs upsides and downsides. And a study uncovers a pathetic truth: most young lovers don’t even hear each other’s agreements regarding monogamy.

If you haven't kept up with Polyamory in the News in the last three months (or subscribed to it by the LJ friends feed or other feed), here is some of what you missed:

  • Canadian activists take the case for poly decrimininalization to British Columbia’s highest court. “Attorney John Ince, representing the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association, delivered the most direct and specific defense of polyamory as a legitimate way of life ever presented before such a high court. By evening the news was all over Canada....” And read more updates on the Canadian case, including some poly families coming very out.

  • “Three is the new two, as couples explore the boundaries of non-monogamy”. “The Hill-Thompsons are like any other young family expecting their first baby.... There is, however, one thing about the Hill-Thompsons that makes them a little unusual: there are three of them.” Another mainstream newspaper shows it can do a good job. Radio too.

  • A happy poly household is featured on TV, in a place that has left a terrible past behind.

  • Thirty years later, poly movement co-founder Deborah Anapol offers thoughtful observations on the downsides and upsides of poly life.

  • More college newspaper coverage, including more remarks on “poly as the new gay.”

  • A women’s magazine asks, “Is polyamory as the new black?”

  • New culture? New advice columns needed. A roundup of both knowledgeable and clueless attempts to deal with the subject.

  • Kind hearts, cruel results? Although love should be the great clarifier of values, poly love guarantees no more than the usual variety that you won’t mess someone up. More advice-column stories.

  • Polys of color; a roundup of coverage in black media.

  • “How to have an Open Relationship”. A strong, healthy feminist voice in YES> magazine sets an example.

  • Poly and jolly for the holidays. Yes, they’re over, but go ahead and enjoy this collection anyway.

  • History buffs: Although the word “polyamory” was created for its current meaning in 1990 and 1992, it appeared as early as 1953. But not quite for someone we would apply it to.

  • And a large study reveals the pathetic truth: most young couples who *think* they have had a conversation about monogamy, and agreed with each other whether or not to be exclusive, might as well have been talking to the wind. A coinflip would do almost as well for telling whether the other partner heard the same thing or the opposite. Communication catastrophe in mainstream monogamy.


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    I've done 476 of these reports in the last six years, covering roughly 1,000 items in news media of all kinds. Archived entries are sorted by topic, date, and sometimes location and language. I hope you have as much fun browsing them as I do creating them!

    Happy snow season,


    P.S. Hope to see you at Loving More’s upcoming Poly Living conference February 4-6 near Philadelphia, and/or at Atlanta Poly Weekend March 25-27.

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