In Washington, a U.S. Senate committee hears testimony about the polyamory threat to America. “The New Monogamy,” i.e. non-monogamy, takes off in the mainstream media. Polyamorous polygamists file a legal challenge in federal court and could actually win. Triads and quads “redefining love’s boundaries” are featured on TV evening news.
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Savage is elsewhere called America’s most important sex ethicist. A New York weekly considers what straight couples can learn from same-sex couples about negotiating unconventional arrangements. Two new books on the topic are getting mainstream press: Marriage Confidential and Unhitched. And check out Polyamory for Monogamists. All of this is creating a genuine national wavelet of buzz.
So why do I have a queasy feeling about this? There’s a big unspoken assumption going on: that radical, paradigm-breaking relationship forms will work just dandy for normals people who never examine their other old-culture paradigms about human relations, or the assumptions in which the rest of their lives are embedded. There is a reason why the 1970s open-marriage movement among mainstream, middle-class couples is widely remembered for disasters.
I say this having just spent ten days at the big Summer Camp East of the Network for New Culture. In the New Culture world, poly just seems to arise naturally for many people and functions with relative ease and low drama even though New Culture itself has nothing to do with whether a person chooses to be poly, mono, or celibate.
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I've done 532 of these reports in the last six years, covering roughly 1,000 items in news media of all kinds. They’re tagged by topic, date, and sometimes location and language. I hope you have as much fun browsing them as I do creating them!